We had an outcome in Brisbane yesterday for a horrific crime that took place in October 2016.
“Manmeet Alisher always smiled. Everyone who walked on to his bus said so. He smiled at Anthony O’Donohue, who hesitated for a moment, then stepped on board with a homemade petrol bomb in his backpack. On Friday O’Donohue, a 50-year-old paranoid schizophrenic, was declared unfit to stand trial for Alisher’s murder by the Queensland mental health court.
Justice Jean Dalton found he was of unsound mind when he boarded the bus at Moorooka in Brisbane’s south in October 2016 and lit a fuse on a bottle filled with petrol and diesel.
In the aftermath, debate in India and Australia centred on whether O’Donohue’s act was a hate crime, whether Alisher had been targeted because he was Indian. The Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, phoned his Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, to express concern. Family members feared the worst.”
It has opened up an argument again that keeps on recurring whenever a crime takes place that tears a communities heart apart by its vicious brutality.
What do we do with criminals who commit these terrible crimes?
The bloke who committed this crime was deemed to be insane, so he is going to be locked up in a mental health facility for 10 years , when they will re-evaluate his mental health condition and decide what will happen then. More than likely, he will be there for the rest of his life.
The legal fraternity tend to adopt the policy of being against capital punishment and there seems to be a feeling around the civilised world that capital punishment should be totally eradicated. That’s fine, but who is paying the bills to keep these animals locked up forever, or until they get released back into the community? We, the taxpayers are!
Now…..I also have a fundamental dislike for execution of serious offenders, no matter how bad their misdemeanors were. There is something morally wrong and concerning about taking another human beings life away from them even when they have committed something terrible. I certainly couldn’t push the button that starts the execution of of a persons life, although in some cases, I could easily feel OK with the idea that somebody else could do the job.
The people who oppose capital punishment fight tooth and nail to keep these perpetrators alive but seem to walk away and conveniently forget about them once a stay of execution has been effected. These offenders then go back into the normal jail population where they are forgotten about, to rot in jail for the rest of their lives. I doubt anyone has any sympathy for them, however with our jails overflowing, who pays for this. Are these do-gooders willing to foot the bill for these “worst of the worse” crims to spend the rest of their lives in prison?
No….the answer is…….. Again….The taxpayer picks up the tab.
It’s not only a problem, here in Queensland. It’s a problem that the rest of the civilised world is having to contend with.
Now, I’m not sitting here behind my keyboard, and professing to know the answer. But with the cost of keeping prisoners in jail at around $100,000 per year each, this is starting to become…..No….it has become a serious draw on public funds that could be spent on more worthwhile areas. Perhaps on education that could keep these people out of the criminal justice system. Perhaps on compensation for the damage that these animals have inflicted on their unfortunate victims. There doesn’t appear to be anything in place to alleviate the problems and pain that victims suffer after one of these arseholes commits a serious crime against an innocent person/s. All too often, the victims and their families are left on their own to pick up the fractured pieces of their lives. The perpetrators families also have to contend with the chaos that they have been left with as well.
The bloke who committed this crime had severe mental health problems but was out in the community. He was a waiting time bomb. There are lots of people with similar issues dumped back out to fend for themselves, until they lose it completely and this type of result eventuates. He was fifty years old, so reading between the lines I’m guessing that his family could no longer take care of him and he was on his own. I feel sorry for the police, who all too often have to deal with this issue.
Now, I realise that ridding the community of the worst of the crims isn’t going to drastically lower the jail population. It would hardly scratch the surface. So what do we do? It’s a discussion that must take place. Sitting around watching the problem snowball, with the present remedy being to increase the capacity of our prisons certainly isn’t the answer.
Victims must have a voice, the police and a legal person must be there, a person involved in the prison system must be there, the general public should have a say, and perhaps, dare I say it …. a politician. But, I think that it is important that whoever sits on this committee must have an equal vote on the outcome, as the others.