Although most hope that Justice is a laudible aim in law enforcement, in a recent case that reached another milestone today, Justice seems to have been missing in action.
A man described among other various sobriquets as a "comedian", not one that I would even consider, was convicted of "kiddy fiddling" and sentenced to 8 months home detention that will be served in the home of his 4 yo victim. He is still able to work from home.
Briefly the facts as I understand them were;
He arrived home from a christmas party affected by alcohol.
He climbed into bed with his Partner.
He woke up after the toddler had also joined the occupants in the bed and proceeded to 'touch her intimately'. The partner woke and asked him what he thought he was doing.
He was subsequently arrested for sexual assault of the toddler.
His defense was "that he thought he was fondling his partner", unfuckingbelievable.
Judge Phillipa Cunningham discharged him without conviction and included in her comments at that stage was the totally unbelievable and unacceptable reason, he "made people laugh".
Following a totally understandable out pouring of public disbelief, he was re-arraigned before Judge Mark Perkins and many of us thought at least this time the prick will need his pjs and a tooth brush.
Noooo another dopey member of the judiciary, although convicting him, left the very encompassing suppression order in place and sentenced him to "home detention".
Now I had thought assaults on the very young were something abhored by most thinking people but it seems that if the victim is not physically damaged or dead it appears it is not that big an issue. Forget about the potential mental and social damage a "kiddy fiddler" might inflict, in the eyes of Perkins and Cunningham it is minor.
When was any reference to "justice" removed from the criminal code.