Sentence must fit crime
The parents of the two young girls killed in the horrific car cash near Market Bosworth are rightly appalled at the lenient sentence of 36 weeks in jail given to the driver who caused this tragedy (Leicester Mercury, Page 2, Saturday, September 22).
We cannot, however, blame the judge who is restricted by sentencing guidelines.
Had the Crown Prosecution Service charged the driver with causing death by dangerous driving, instead of careless driving, I believe a longer sentence would have been possible.
The CPS works in weird and wondrous ways; a few months ago it authorised the prosecution of a young man for "assaulting" a girl because he had thrown a snowball at her – the judge sensibly threw that case out of court.
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Sentencing guidelines should be abolished and a policy of lex talionis – the punishment fits the crime – should be implemented.
Don Tallis, Wigston.