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16 January 2009 @ 06:54 am
justice unserved?  
some of you may remember alex. here are the entries that would refresh your memories:

[please say a prayer]

[appeal for witnesses]

[the visit]


[bad news]


[last visit]

[he's gone]

[the last goodbye]

so... there has been a verdict. and a fine. and, i do not think that i agree with it. money can't bring alex back, for sure - but a year's jail?! for fuck's sake! is it okay to commit murder if your weapon is a vehicle? is it considered "reckless driving" when the man accelerated on purpose, and jammed the brakes on purpose, with another human being on the bonnet?

[victim's parents to get $135k]

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feelin': disappointeddisappointed
petitbout: broke itpetitbout on January 15th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
So So Sad
One of those complicatedrelationshiptomekindapeopletome was killed by a teenage drunk driver. The judge in the case used alternative sentencing - the young man is required to pay her parents $1US IN PERSON every year on either the anniversary of her death or her birthday (I forget which anniversary).
JV: lucienwowdrag0nette on January 17th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Re: So So Sad
geez! if that happened in singapore, there would be a public outcry!
Fala Redwing: Shockedfala_redwing on January 15th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
For recklessness? That is not reckless. From what you've said, that is intent.

I'm baffled. The same thing happens in the US more often than we'd like to admit, verdict-wise, and I'm just... astounded. I don't get the motivation behind a crime like this in the first place, but to simply call it "reckless" just makes my jaw drop.

Big hugs to you, my dear... and to his family.
JV: bibraaardrag0nette on January 17th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
thanks darling. =) the motivation behind it was basically road rage... some people are just unable to see past their anger and have to retaliate in a way that grievously hurts others. sigh.

to me, he is a murderer.
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on January 15th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
i totally agree with you that money can't buy a dashing Alex back.

what i feel sad is that the laws are so inhumane and just get the culprit to pay $150k which is nothing compared to the love, sadness, sweat, efforts, agony Alex's parents and family had gone thru.

if the driver is careless then alot of us can claim that too! worse still, we can say that we are ignorant of the consequences with an action that might end one's life.

sigh... what is fair after all is just bull*hit.
JVdrag0nette on January 17th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
isn't that such a nice picture of alex? we can only hope that the old man gets his own retribution. maybe alex will visit him in his dreams every night! =)
Wenzwwenzz on January 16th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
Law doesn't have eyes at times. But i believe god will have eyes....
JVdrag0nette on January 17th, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
indeed. =)
(Anonymous) on January 16th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear. This is not the first time I hear of something like that, it brings back memories about a sec sch classmate one fateful new years eve incident. I too, at that time was so angry about how a fine can justify the passing of a person.
JVdrag0nette on January 17th, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
that's awful. this law needs to change or there are going to be a lot of angry people in this country.
The Citygent: HorrorGentcitygent on January 16th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
this is too dreadful! It's the same in the UK - if someone mounts the pavement and slams into a mother and child, killing both, they typically walk away with a 6 month ban and a fine. How much more awful that they guy did it on purpose
JVdrag0nette on January 17th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
yeh, i can kinda understand if it was an accident. but it was intentional. =(
ex_neke on January 16th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
JVdrag0nette on January 17th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
.that girl.: road kamelot coloursgirlwhowaits on January 17th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
The only minor consolation is that he won't be able to drive for the rest of his life hence at least in a way he is no longer a threat to anyone else.

Even then that is assuming that he doesn't decide to drive illegally.

Judges and their sentencings can be very frustrating sometimes - they can cause so much grief and heartache to victims' families than anything else. We've seen too many of these in cases over here, maybe judges need to be re-accredited.

JVdrag0nette on January 17th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
yes, maybe judges need to be re-accredited! singapore law is supposed to be tough. what on earth is going on here?
stinkolicious on January 17th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
i need to play devil's advocate here. yes, the law is tough, but only to a certain extent, and it doesnt help how the case was argued, which, to our dismay, was to the taxi driver's benefit. hindsight is always 20/20 i guess...

JV: lucienwha?drag0nette on January 17th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
it's funny to me that they put drug dealers to death and they let murderers roam free.
.that girl.: road kamelot coloursgirlwhowaits on January 18th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
maybe we just need to really re-assess how contrasting certain sentences are for certain crimes.

(Anonymous) on February 2nd, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
singapore's law is somewhat biased anyway. n*