I don’t see why he should get this reduction. It was murder, plain and simple. Murder is murder.
No way should this have been reduced. If anything it should have been increased. It doesn’t matter if he didn’t intend to kill his victim. You cannot just use lethal force on someone and then hope they survive. Anyone who kills somebody through intentional, excessive and sustained violence should be treated as if they intended to murder their target. Otherwise, it’s a case of blaming the victim and saying it was their fault they didn’t survive.
Talk about sending a wrong message out, this is a total disgrace!
and the homophobic bottom feeder who instigated it got 1 YEAR: talk about leniency
Bad move! Open invite to homophobes! The victim is dead and it was Murder; nuff said.
“Although Judge Lady Paton acknowledged the “unjustified, vicious and callous attack”, she said the judge who sentenced Meehan had not given enough weight to his previous relatively clean record and the remorse he had shown.”
What the FCUK has a ‘previous relatively clean record’ or ‘remorse’ got to do with anything? This judge is just an idiot – murder is murder is murder, and a life sentence should mean life, not 16 years and most certainly not a mere two years!
It’s hard not to wonder if such leniency would have been shown had it been a racist morder or a religiously-motivated murder.
Deceased James Kerr will be relieved that his killer is remorseful.
It’s like what I have said before:
“If this was a murder and the victims were str8 he would get a harsher sentence but because they are gay he will get a lighter sentence.”
Disgusting.. And why oh why did the scumbag 15-yr old only get ONE years detention? He is well above the age of ‘criminal responsibility’, therefore he should have got life. It was admitted by the judge that the younger lad initiated the whole thing, and that homophobia was the motive, so why only 1 year? I agree, sends out the wrong messages altogether.
One again, we gays are treated as 2nd class citizens.
It must be the influence of the colonies, namely Uganda.
BrazilBoysBlog – that’s the bit I’m really struggling with. Also, it escapes me how the judge could comment “she added that there was nothing to show homophobic intent on the part of Meehan”, when the attack was in response to the younger boy’s allegations that the victim had made sexual advances at him.
it’s Perth. Perth is outside the Central Belt in Scotland and things are bad enough in the Glasgow/ Edinburgh/ Stirling/ Ayr area.
It’s not the lack of Homophobic intent, it’s the place it happend in.