22 June 2007

Westin jailed for 7 months.

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Well, after much delay we finally have a result.

ABC NEWS is reporting that Chief Magistrate Ron Cahill said he had no option but to Jail the Scullin woman for 7 months.

Magistrate Cahill said he felt very sad, but that if the court was to be taken seriously on sentencing, he had no other option.

Anyone else still feel like justice has not been served, or is it just me?

[Ed.. and this from el]

The ACT’s Chief Magistrate has told a court he had no other option but to jail a Scullin woman who breached her good behaviour bond while on periodic detention.

Magistrate Cahill said he felt very sad, but that if the court was to be taken seriously on sentencing, he had no other option.

Perhaps some sadness for the victims of her recklessness/stupidity wouldn’t go astray, Mr Cahill.

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Openyourmind…I see no lesson there for me…She messed up…repeatedly…she was given chances.

Her child will have a hard life due to her stupid actions and the victims family has to suffer the most due to her ignorance. Where is the lesson?

I feel sorry for her situation, but in the end, she made her choices. She suffers the (light) consequences.

In actual fact kids that are removed from their families, and then returned (in 7 months) and then removed again etc etc, tend to do very poorly.

OpenYourMind5:07 pm 22 Jun 07

Everybody seems to be an expert on this topic. I don’t profess to be and won’t voice a strong opinion. I am aware that the victims family have suffered terribly. The victim’s daughter has to drive up from Sydney regularly on weekends to help look after her disabled father.
What I note is that the family most affected by this tragedy appear to care and ask for compassion for Amber Westin, despite all her wrongdoings. I get the feeling there is a lesson in there for us.

On a previous discussion bout her I made a comment that seemed to disappear suggesting some sympathy for the child. For anyone to have to grow up in such a household is tragic. Perhaps the break from her mother is a good thing – one life lost but just maybe another saved?

I would show her no compassion, just because she is a woman.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt3:38 pm 22 Jun 07

What a cop out.

I’d have thought the magistrate had plenty of options …like giving her the full original sentence (2 yrs) plus a bit extra for breaching bail plus some more for possession of the marijuana plus some more for wasting the court’s time plus a bit for generally being a d**khead and waste of space.

Why can’t justice be blind? I feel uneasy with the thought that the more you can complain about your life, the less time you get.

“Sure, i willfully disregarded laws and killed a person while comitting a crime, BUT I have been in and out goal for years, your honor, and i have many childern and i’m poor and i left school at a yound age…woe is me!”

“Your story makes me sad….CASE dismissed!!”

She’ll get out just in time to attend hospital due to her ‘inmate’ pregnancy. Smart thinking on Cahill’s part.

Rumour has it that in the hospital she showed quite the opposite of remorse.

El, out of interest, has Amber ever actually apoligised?

If it was 7 months of breaking rocks with a sledghammer for 18 hours/day, then that’d be fair punishment.

sounds about right, steal a loaf of bread – four years jail, be the poster child for scum of the earth – 7 months jail.

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