Justice for the victims, not the criminals
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In the early hours of April 25th, 2016, I was brutally attacked and carjacked whilst driving home by a gang of 6 youths armed with baseball bats. After cooperating with the Victoria Police investigators for a whole year in an attempt to find the culprits responsible, the police finally identified a suspect and charged him with Theft due to insufficient evidence of his participation in the assault.
In the early afternoon of 22nd of May 2017, a respected magistrate handed down an unfair and unjust sentence to the assailant. The accused claimed that he was a heavy drug user at the time of the incident and does not remember anything and made a claim that he has changed his ways since, a claim that was not substantiated in any way before the court.
Magistrate Spencer decided that since the accused has "turned his life around" by obtaining casual employment and due to his young age and history of drug use, it is appropriate to find him guilty of the charge of theft. The magistrate, however, deemed it inappropriate to have a conviction on his record nor for him to spend any time at a correctional facility or in community service.
The magistrate thought it sufficient to hand him a penalty of $3000 only which he would have to pay within 12 months of the sentencing date. No compensation or restitution was awarded to me for the pain and suffering that I had to endure as a result of that person's actions.
The 22nd of May is now, in my mind, the day that justice was not served and our legal system failed another victim, yet again. That day highlights the flaws present in our judicial system. It proves to the criminals that judge will let them walk free, without facing any consequences, as long as they merely claim that they were drug addicts and have since been rehabilitated.
In light of the situation above, I urge you, as an elected member of our great states' Parliament, to introduce new legislation that will see other victims of such heinous crimes receive justice and see the criminals held accountable for their actions. The great state of Victoria not only deserves but demands justice.
The system has failed me numerous times, and although my life will never be the same as a result of the attack on me, I hope that together, we can ensure that other victims do not experience the same injustice that I have experienced and that they are compensated fairly for what they have gone through.
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