Caught on camera, these are the last moments of a frail pensioner who was brutally beaten to death at home with his own walking stick.Oh, but CCTV keeps us all safe, doesn’t it?
Reginald Baker's horrific murder was captured on CCTV he had installed only weeks earlier after being targeted by thieves.
No, it just makes things easier to clear up the crime after the fact…
His killers, at least one of whom was high on crack cocaine, also partially severed Mr Baker's finger with a knife before fleeing, leaving him for dead in his lounge.Well, of course they did! This wasn’t their first offence, after all, and they’d been quite happily continuing their career of being drug-addicted work-shirking wastes of skin untroubled by any consequences.
They then went out for an evening's drinking 'without a care in the world'.
Why should they have a care in the world, after all? Who had ever taught then that they had to?
Barney, 25, and James, 19, were yesterday found guilty of murder at Winchester Crown Court. Two men in a getaway car - Trevor Gray, 19, and Daniel Coker, 23 - admitted manslaughter and conspiring to burgle Mr Baker.And, having supported them throughout their short lives of idle pointlessness, why should the taxpayer now continue to stump up the money to clothe, feed and cage them?
Barney, who was deemed to have played a greater part in the attack, was told he would serve a minimum of 30 years behind bars. James was told he will serve at least 28 years.
After all, even the bleeding hearts can’t object that there’s that ‘shadow of doubt’ here over whether the death penalty is warranted.
Certainly, none over whether the right men are in the dock…