Justice system fails again

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Once again, our justice system has seriously failed a victim of crime.

Recently, the court in St. John’s imposed a sentence of 15 years without eligibility for parole on David Folker for murdering Ann Marie Shirran. Folker even admitted he killed her.

How can anyone respect a justice system that says 15 years in prison is good enough for taking a human life? Folker’s defence lawyers even requested a sentence as low as 12 years.

Some of the jurors weren’t much better, suggesting 17 or 18 years in prison before being eligible for parole. It would be informative to know how someone can equate a human life to only 12 or 15 or 17 or 18 years of incarceration.

The right sentence for David Folker should have been life in prison until death. Anything less does not show how much we value life or properly honour the victim.

Doug Smith

Grand Falls-Windsor

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