So, the trial of the killers of the French students is finally over, and as expected, they have criminal records as long as the European election voting forms we all used yesterday, yet the do-gooders in the criminal justice system gave them chance after chance after chance, even though it was abundantly clear to anyone that they were irredeemable.
Incredibly, one of them should even have been behind bars at the time.
After receiving his sentence, Sonnex winked at his father in the public gallery and pretended to whistle as he swaggered from the dock.And why not? He’d been treated so leniently by the justice system that he had nothing to fear from it:
It can be revealed today that Sonnex confessed to murderous feelings while still in a young offenders institution (YOI).*sigh*
Jailed for eight years aged 17 for violent attacks and a string of robberies, he told a doctor at Portland YOI in Dorset that his violent reactions meant he 'could kill' in the future.
But his confession was left on his private medical records and never shared with the authorities, despite it being legal to do so.
While inside, Sonnex was rated as high risk and refused parole twice because of drug use, violence and vandalism, which included setting fire to his cell.I love that phrase - ‘bureaucratic failings’. ‘Oh, it was the system!’.
But bureaucratic failings meant Sonnex was classed as medium risk on release after serving only five years.
Who runs the system? Who classed him as medium risk? A person. Not an impersonal system....
Repeated communication breakdowns, including a printer malfunction, meant his case never reached Mappa - a high-level tracking group including police and probation services which supervises the most dangerous offenders.MAPPA, eh..?
Yeah, I’m not sure that would have helped much....
Now 23, Sonnex has spent most of his adult life in jail and admitted in court that whenever he has been let out he goes straight back to offending.Predictably, the ‘Guardian’ wasted no time allowing an apologist for the establishment, in the shape of Rod Morgan, a column to whine about how unfair it was:
He laughed as he was being driven to a police station after his arrest for the horrific murders of the students.
Sonnex threatened to bite the face off the police constable who handcuffed him and later to bite the nose off a female constable.
It has already led to the fall of one of the finest managers in the Probation Service. David Scott, formerly Chief Officer for the London Probation Area, and Chairman of the Probation Chief Officers Association, resigned in February after being told by Jack Straw that he faced suspension and a "performance capability review" over the affair.There’s a shocker, eh, Rod. What should he have got? A medal?
Had the system worked as it should, Sonnex would have been in custody on 29 June. And had he been, it seems likely that Ferez and Bonomo would be alive today.And when eventually released, someone else would probably have died.
But what would fix this?
Would you believe, more resources?
There is a major question to be asked about overall Probation Service resources and caseloads, particularly in London. Sonnex's supervisor in the Lewisham probation team was simultaneously handling 127 cases, and yet she had qualified less than a year earlier. The Lewisham team was desperately shortstaffed, overloaded and ill-served by communication systems.Look, let’s be honest here – they could be showered with resources and new staff, and it wouldn’t make the slightest bit of difference.
Our justice system simply has no answer to the likes of Danno Sonnex and his irredeemably evil family. Thanks to the EU, we've lost the right to put him down like the mad dog that he is, and the do-gooders will whine about his rights if we lock him in a hole somewhere (where he'll be a threat to other prisoners and his jailers) and throw away the key.