True Justice for Steve Jarvie!
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As reported, Mr Ben Smith, 27 was jailed for eight years with a non parole period of 5 1/2 years for manslaughter.
Given the charge on manslaughter, and his irrational hatred of cyclists, we the undersigned believe that this sentence is far too short, particularly given the potential for a maximum sentence of 25 years for manslaughter.
Ben displayed a hatred for cyclists that manifested itself in the death of a rider.
The scary reality is that Ben isn't the only person that thinks this way. Given the constant, negative, and hateful vitriol from the media and social media, cyclists are often subjected to verbal, and physical abuse on the road that would typically not be tolerated against any other person.
The irony is that cyclists are like "any other person". They are someone's partner. Someone's friend. Someone's father or mother. Someone's daughter or son.
We the undersigned would like the sentencing of Ben James to be reassessed and to reflect the nature of his crime. We want the justice system and the law to send a message to the community that the culture on our roads needs to change, and that targeting cyclists with physical and verbal abuse will be dealt with severely.
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