Yesterday in north Toronto at Yonge St. and Finch area a van drove into pedestrians on the sidewalk, killing 1o and seriously injuring 15. Police arrested the man very shortly after.
“I hope he burns in hell, whoever did this; I hope this sick person gets dealt with accordingly,” said Ali Shaker, who was driving behind the van and said it was a horror show with the vehicle running down person after person. (from The Toronto Sun. See rest of story at http://torontosun.com/news/local-news/multiple-pedestrians-struck-by-van-on-yonge-st).
So do I hope this person gets dealt with accordingly. To me “dealt with accordingly” means capital punishment, something Canada abolished in 1976.
And before you think I’m being blood-thirsty, I base this on Canada’s laws regarding sentences for murder. The police do their job; the suspect gets arrested and charged; there is a court trial…and then it all goes haywire. Even judges are hampered with sentencing. Sure, we have life sentences in Canada (usually 25 years), but… if life imprisonment meant until the convicted person dropped dead in prison, fine. No credit for time spent in prison awaiting trial, no parole, no parole requests, no day passes – if it meant all this I would change my wishes for reinstating the death penalty. Taking another person’s life (or in this case, 10 – so far) – unless in self-defense or as part of proper police procedure – should mean the guilty party forfeits either his or her life or at the very least, any life outside prison. Even if the person is found insane.
About ten years after Canada’s death penalty was abolished I took a law course. My instructor said that the law should not be “not guilty by reason of insanity” but “guilty by reason of insanity.” I agree with her.
Many states in the US have a charge called Vehicular Manslaughter – which works for me for drunk drivers killing people. But this crime on April 23, is murder, intentionally done – whatever the killer’s motivation. It is vehicular murder in my books. Some states also still have the death penalty. Most also have stiffer life imprisonment sentences, including to be served consecutively, which could mean until death sends the guilty to another hell. That works for me.
What do you think?
Here are a few more websites to check out.
Capital Punishment history in Canada here
Globe and Mail article on why Canada’s life sentence for murder rarely is that
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