Tuesday 21 November 2017

Colum Kenny: An element of discretion is needed in our courtrooms

Manslaughter sentences vary, but put Irish people on a jury and their hearts soon soften, says

Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

If a drunken driver kills your wife, you might want that driver charged with murder and sent to prison for a long time. But it is unlikely to happen.

Or if your husband were a garda and got gunned down in cold blood, like Jerry McCabe was blown away, your blood could boil if you saw his killers convicted only of manslaughter.

If your son was kicked to death outside a nightclub, a charge of manslaughter would seem too little for those who killed him.

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