Editor's comment: Eight years is not enough for vile crime
PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 October 2018
"The most despicable crime one can imagine" - when a court court judge says that it must be bad.
“The most despicable crime one can imagine” – when a court court judge says that it must be bad.
After all, they spend every day hearing about nasty crimes.
But Judge Judith Hughes is right about the vile robbery of a vulnerable elderly man by Joanne Hatwell and her son Ryan.
She stole the 75-year-old Harold Hill man’s wallet after Ryan stabbed him four times in the leg with a carving knife.
But full marks to the rest of her family who were horrified by the robbery and went to the police.
Ryan’s grandad told the court he had a history of violence.
Even then Joanne and Ryan tried their best to get away with their crime.
He tried to shift the blame on to his brother, while she dragged the trial out – adding to taxpyers’ bills – by repeatedly refusing to go to court due to “medical reasons”.
There is nothing lower than those who prey on vulnerable people, whatever their age.
They should be protected by the rest of us, not taken advantage of because they are easy targets.
Their victim told the court the incident was the worst day of his life.
Now they are both starting eight-year jail terms – and you have to question whether that is long enough.
Eight years for stabbing and robbing an innocent old man?
Let’s hope they stay inside for the whole tariff and are not let out after a couple of years.
People who act like this should not be on our streets. We don’t want them in our community.
If we are trying to crack down on knife crime I would have thought we needed a longer sentence.