What sort of sentence do you think would be appropriate for someone who continually raped two small boys over a period of two years?
And suppose this rapist had already served two prison sentences for raping other children?
Well, Mr Justice Carney pondered the crimes of Philip Sullivan, the rapist. The attacks were described in court as violent, degrading and at the most serious end of the scale, and Mr Carney decided that a life sentence was the appropriate punishment.
Now, you already know my opinion on this. I think child abusers should be fed through the gearbox of a tractor, feet first, but in the absence of this option I think the life sentence was the best available alternative.
That’s what Mr Carney thought too, and that’s the sentence he imposed after Sullivan’s conviction, but the Court of Criminal appeal didn’t agree.
They felt that Sullivan should get credit for pleading guilty and for having genuine remorse. They recognised that Sullivan is a danger to the public but believed he could be dealt with by a shorter sentence followed by careful supervision after his release. And so they reduced the sentence to fifteen years with the last two suspended.
Interesting. They think the pervert shows remorse. This rapist, whose most recent crime was to beat, degrade, humiliate and rape two little boys for one fifth of their entire lives, is now showing remorse. I wonder if he showed remorse when he was caught the first time for raping a child and sentenced to prison? And I wonder if he showed remorse when he was caught for raping another child after his release? And I wonder if he was feeling remorse while he was systematically raping these young boys over a period of a full two years?
When exactly did this feeling of remorse sweep over him? Was it a sudden thing? After all, the trial judge pointed out that Sullivan had not responded to treatment programmes or to counselling, so when exactly did he experience this Pauline conversion? Was it when he found himself facing a return to prison?
The Court of Criminal Appeal also emphasised that a life sentence could be imposed in exceptional circumstances. I wonder what those circumstances might be?
He’ll be out in five or six years, looking for more children to rape, because that’s what he is: a child-rapist. The lowest form of filth spewed up by humanity. He’s scum. He’s dirt, he’s a dangerous, evil bastard and he’ll be back on the prowl in five or six years because the Court of Criminal Appeal believe his story about feeling remorse, and because they don’t think the prolonged and systematic rape of small children amounts to exceptional circumstances.
As for this careful supervision that the court places so much faith in, well I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the government is busy working out how to withdraw every public service that costs money, and that will include the people whose job it is to watch perverts after they get out of jail.
These child-rapists are calculating bastards. They have to be to survive, and I guarantee you Philip Sullivan has already worked out how things will be when he’s released in five or six years time. He’s already fantasising about the fun he’s going to have.
I wish we could feed his kind into tractor gearboxes. I really do.
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Telephone: 01 661 4911
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Sexual Violence Centre Cork
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