I know it's difficult to sympathise with someone cut down by their
own criminal actions, but it's not a crime for which anyone is going
to suggest a death sentence is appropriate. So in the sense that
they didn't get a chance to serve their sentence and didn't get a
chance to go on to become reformed upright citizens, I do feel
sorry for them. Of course, I have no way of knowing if they would
have taken that chance even if it had been made available to them,
or if they would have continued to be a blight on society, or if
they've been a blight on society for some time before this.
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On Sat, 21 Jan 2012 22:58:17 -0000, Andrew Gabriel
I am certainly not going to flat out disagree with your humane view. But I
do think that people who do things like this completely ignore the danger
they pose to the rest of us by their actions. The safety systems that
fail. The operations that are interrupted or deferred - and the
consequences of that.
On Sat, 21 Jan 2012 22:58:17 +0000 (UTC), email@example.com
(Andrew Gabriel) wrote:
But their "death sentence" is self-imposed, not dished out by a court.
Numerous warning signs tell them of the dangers surrounding
electricity poles/pylons, substations and railways.
I'm afraid that I don't subscribe to the view that once you've served
a sentence you're as clean as the man next door, which effectively
"commercialises" crime by giving it a specific "price" as punishment.
It may well be a gut feeling for many to feel they got what they deserved,
and theft is a deplorable offence. We've left the days of "let the
punishment fit the crime" long ago. Nowadays, owners of dangerous equipment
such as high voltage overhead lines or underground cables, have to protect
the offenders agianst their own stupidity. The Electricity supply industry
near me had a primary substaton surrounded by an 8 ft high Lochrin fence.
This wasn't enough to prevent thieves getting in to the substation, so coils
of razor wire were installed inside the Lochrin fencing as were signs
warning thieves of the presence of the razor wire!!!
Not only did the thieves die, but the families, presumably innocent,
suffered a life long loss. This is the sad bit.
Gotta disagree with you there. These scum committed not just a crime
but a sheer act of utter stupidity on a level that beggars belief. How
would you have felt if you were a passenger on one of the many trains
that were held up due to this insane act? Not only that but there is
also the cost of replacing the damage, the cos of the rescue crews
time, the cost of lost service to the Train Operating Company.
I have absolutely no sympathy at all but no doubt their thick gang
friends won't take note and will be back to rob the network of more
cables pretty soon.
It's a pity that death was instant for those two loons.
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