3 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tim Farron

Introduce Tyler's And Jordan's Law - we need tougher sentences for knife crime

My son Tyler Thompson was killed in a stabbing in November 2015. Still to this day I can’t believe he is gone.  The teenager who admitted to killing my son had been caught carrying a knife before. All he received back then was a caution. He has now been sentenced to 9 years for Tyler’s murder; of which he will serve only half.   I know my son would still be alive right now if the teenager that killed him had been given a stronger punishment  the first time he was caught in possession of a knife. That’s why I am calling for stronger sentencing for knife crimes - to stop other young lives being robbed. When Tyler’s killer was sentenced, the judge responsible said: "This case illustrates graphically the danger posed by young men carrying knives on the street”. Latest statistics show that repeat offenders are escaping prison sentences and those convicted of murder or manslaughter are receiving low and inconsistent sentences - a caution is not enough. This must stop. NOW.  Knife crime is not just a problem in Leicester. And it’s not just a problem in London. This is a NATIONAL CRISIS. I have set up this petition with a good friend of the family Kerry Norton. Members of our community, along with my local Councillor Teresa Aldred and local MP Keith Vaz are also working with me on this campaign to change the law, but we need your help to make change happen. A bill has been presented to Parliament that would introduce tougher sentences for people involved in knife crimes but now the election is underway all progress could be lost. We need to stand together, make noise and tell politicians no matter who is elected, they need to be tougher on knife crime. WE NEED TO UNITE. We need to urge our leaders to act now and introduce a law that would: increase the minimum custodial sentence on conviction for possession of a knife or other offensive weapon for an offender aged 18 years or over to increase the minimum period of a detention and training order for a person aged 16 or 17; to set a minimum custodial sentence on conviction for an offender in possession of a knife or other weapon and intending to commit any offence or having such a weapon available to use in committing murder; and for connected purposes. 

Amy Morgan and Kerry Norton
57,659 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Parliament of Victoria, Bill Shorten, Daniel Andrews

Justice for the victims, not the criminals

                                    #VictoriaDemandsBetter 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.   Faithfully yours; Michael Tallal  

Michael Tallal
3,228 supporters