Thursday, 27 October 2016

Request for lighter sentence on the grounds of age

Robert Burnett, a Salvation Army worker, abused seven boys he met through his work as a carer at Salvation Army homes between 1973 and 1999. His defence counsel argued that due to his age and ill health he should have a reduced sentence. This does not make sense. The reason he is in ill health and older is that he did not disclose his crimes earlier in his life. He may well die in jail but that is not a reason to give a reduced sentence. The sentence should be purely proportionate to the crimes.