This week the Harborough Mail and Lutterworth Mail report on two deaths which have led to prosecutions through the courts.
But in both cases they have not led to anyone serving any time behind bars despite admissions of guilt for offences which contributed to the loss of life.
The first case features a Health and Safety Executive prosecution Boss fined after death of mechanic. after a 25-year-old died when a faulty jack he was using collapsed, hit and killed him.
His boss has admitted liability and has been fined for breach of health and safety offences.
The second case (on page four of this week’s Harborough Mail) features the death of a Kibworth man on our roads, which has been admitted by a driver who the judge decided should not spend time behind bars.
It would be wrong for me to question the specific sentences without being in full possession of the detail surrounding both cases, but put yourself in the place of a friend or family member of one of the dead men.
Imagine how you would feel hearing that someone had admitted an offence which had, ultimately, led to the death of someone you loved.
And that the person concerned was only facing a fine or community service order.
Many of us would find that hard to bear.
We are often told that we should learn to forgive, but that is far easier said than done.
We are also told that those responsible will have to live with what they did for the rest of their lives. At least they have lives to lead.
Column by Neil Pickford.
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