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An expression of secular piety for Jill Meagher

As horrible as the rape and murder of Jill Meagher was  I can’t help but think that this expression of secular piety is rather misconceived:

Why misconceived? Well sadly  its not as if this was an extraordinary rape or murder, the major difference between this and other vile crimes is that there was the hue and cry via social media in the time between her disappearance and the discovery of her gruesome fate. So all of the twitterai  clearly feel invested far more in this case than the sadly too many other cases where women have been abducted, abused and murdered. This social media involvement struck me at the time as somewhat futile. Where were the friends of this women when it came to ensuring that she got home safely? This appears to have been an opportunistic crime and I can’t see how “marching’ is going to make the slightest bit of difference to the safety of any vulnerable person stumbling home form the pub in the early hours of the morning.

The calls for more CCTV  brought a wry smile to this aging cynic as well because it has not raised the usual outcry about civil liberties that. Is usually raised by your friendly minions of the left but then again this victim of crime was one of their own being an ABC employee and all…

The simple fact of life is that we won’t ever entirely remove the threats of sexual predators and the only real prophylactic is to ensure that the vulnerable make very effort to avoid  putting themselves in situations where they are in harms way.

Its  those found guilty of  horrible crimes like this one that deserve a capital sanction but the bleeding hearts who take part in this march are not likely to endorse that even though real justice requires it.

With respect Comrades

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7 Comments

  1. Brian says:

    Iain, I don’t support capital punishment as a general rule, although it is cases like this one that test the limits of this principle. Castration with a rusty Gilette blade and life in a prison cell with Big Bubba (and no lube) would be preferable.

    It has not yet come out due to sub judice laws, but this case will eventually throw up some questions about the justice system. Bayley, her killer, was free on parole after having served time for sexual assault. Earlier this year he was found guilty of assault and sentenced to 12 wks prison but his parole, which does not expire until the middle of 2013, was not revoked. If the justice system did what it promised to do, he’d be inside and she would still be alive today.

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Brian,
    I think that you forget that a rusty Gillette is still too sharp for the likes of this scrote. I have not been following the story at all closely and I did not know that the accused man was out on parole or that the authorities had failed to revoke his licence even though he had clearly violated the terms of his release. That is what makes me mad, that some lily livered parole officer lacked the cahones to do the the right thing to protect the community in general and Jill Meagher in particular.

  3. Ray Dixon says:

    There’s nothing wrong with the peace march or the amount of sympathy and attention given to the Jill Meagher case via social media, Iain. If anything it’ll make others more aware of the need to be more cautious and, as you say, not make themselves vulnerable to this sort of predatory attack. Isn’t that what you’re saying you want?

    As for Brian’s information on his background, I wouldn’t publish that on my own blog. Not that I dispute it or condone the alleged failure of the legal system to keep this bloke locked up, just that I think it doesn’t help the legal system take its natural course from now on. Look at it this way – if it’s true that he should have been inside until next year then that’d probably only delay the inevitable. It might have saved Jill Meagher but not the next one. At least now we’ve got him under lock & key.

  4. Brian says:

    While I understand the purpose behind sub judice (to protect the presumption of innocence and give everyone a fair trial), I’m not sure in this technological day and age that such a requirement can be met. It is too easy to dig up evidence of someone’s criminal past. Perhaps those rules need to be revised.

    This dirtbag has a history of sexual violence and thuggery. It would be embarrassing for the justice system to allow him to escape the (metaphorical) noose on a technicality. Given that it was the justice system that allowed him to walk the streets and murder a young woman.

  5. Simon says:

    Here’s hoping they provide Adrian Bayley with the same level of protection in jail they gave Carl Williams.

  6. Brian says:

    Evidence of what I was saying earlier:

  7. Ray Dixon says:

    That’s chilling stuff, Brian. It’s not prejudical as it’s a factual media report from the past. Some of the other stuff going on in social media may well prejudice proceedings. Then again, if he pleads guilty – which seems likely, after all he lead them to the body – then no great harm is done. I wonder what sort of sentence he’ll get and if he’ll ever be released again? Not likely.

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