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  • Jay
    October 06, 2012 - 10:23

    While I certainly do not condone what happened here, and I am in no way acting as an advocate for the accused can we try to remember the following: A person accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. There are five different people accused. All, if convicted, may not have the same degree of culpability. As terrible as this act was, can we try not to fall into the trap of adopting the same mob mentality that was used when this unfortunate man was beaten up in he first place.

    • carogers
      October 06, 2012 - 11:35

      The disabled young man was lured into the wods next to Sobeys Square. He is not blind, he saw and spoke to these five youths before he was attacked, they are know around the area and known to the victim. Apparently you should be their defense council. Even when defending a person in court it is up to defense to mitigate the extent of punishment for the guilty and negotiate a sentincing. Accourding to you wild out of control potientiall faital behaviour should be tolerated in the name of criminal rights. When a person of such young ages have devolved to this point of grouping together to inflict harm on another there are severe psycological issues at play. Allowing this Mini-gang to continue hanging out in the community would only re-victimize the disabled victim. His fear level would be intolarable and living a normal life would not be possible, as his only self protection would be to lock himself inside and hope they don't show up to finish him off. We have the example of the Springdale St. fire, a youth with a history of setting fires and behaviour issues removed from his mothers home due to violence against her, put out unsupervised into a rooming house instead of a group home or other supervised setting. A man gave his life for that boys "RIGHTS." The greater good was not served in that case so they are assuring the greater good will be served through court sactions (ie) protection of the disabled community residents

  • Rae
    October 06, 2012 - 09:34

    i think it is time for the court system to change!! It seems like the younger generation has control to do what they want where they want, to whom they want!!! Time to put the fear in these people.... dont slap them on the wrist..... show their faces, state their names and punish them!! Put the fear in them while they are young!!! As eveyone knows... DRUGS are ruining society !! and has a big part in the crime on our streets today!!! Time to get these dirtbags off our streets , but jail ain't gonna cut it... we need better rehab and need to get rid of some of our doctors that are prescription pad happy and some of our pharmacists that love the almighty dollar!!! We as a province need to do what we can to control this problem!!!

  • Jackie Barrett
    October 06, 2012 - 07:23

    As a disabled person myself, after hearing that four of the five hooligans are out on bail, it seems to me that Newfoundland and Labrador's courts think that disabled people don't have rights. Because house arrest is not properly policed, these youths will ikely breach their bail conditions the moment their parents are out. In light of this heinous act, and the fact that four hooligans are out on bail, its time for every disabled Newfoundlander and Labradorian to e-mail your MHAs as well as the Justice Minister to ensure their bail is revoked and sent back to jail. That way, it will send a message that disabled persons are not treated like second class citizens.

    • carogers
      October 06, 2012 - 11:51

      I am a short stature person myself and I appreciate your concerns. The headline reading bail was allowed might seem difficult to hear but the judge has arranged it so once a breach occurs they can immediately be removed from the community.If they had been denied bail and held, their sentence would have to reflect the time spent waiting for trial. The system is not perfect. At least they are under bond to follow court orders. The parents are held accountable for the actions of their house arest children. Something that they apparently were not doing up to this point. Apparently the households these children came from are all about "freedom" to do what every they want and to whoever they want without any consequence. Well the judge took care of that.

  • Eli
    October 05, 2012 - 15:32

    Hope to god it doesn't take 15 months to 3 years to get this thing settled and these punks put to work in the ditches. The lawyers (those bastions of society) will see otherwsise tho'.