Tuesday 22 August 2017

Thugs who disrespect law must learn to fear it

'A strong signal has been sent out by Judge Teehan. The appeal courts must ensure, if necessary, that his stance is firmly supported'
'A strong signal has been sent out by Judge Teehan. The appeal courts must ensure, if necessary, that his stance is firmly supported'
Editorial

Editorial

The words 'cruel', 'cowardly' and 'savage' have become too familiar in our courtrooms as criminal gangs make the lives of victims a living hell. Yesterday, Judge Tom Teehan struck back when he gave the seven men responsible for what he saw as an "evil, well-planned crime" that caused "catastrophic changes" sentences ranging from 12 to 20 years.

In total, that amounts to 105 years in prison. What the defenceless Corcoran family had to endure at the hands of these heartless thugs is genuinely hard to imagine.

Suffice it to say, as was remarked on in court: "One thing that is most clear in the 999 recording is the terrified screams of the children."

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