MY faith in the justice system took a knock last week when Truro Magistrates’ Court gave a Helston father and daughter a suspended jail sentence for a vicious assault.
Edwin and Stacey Wills had previously been found guilty of attacking a vulnerable 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons. It was revealed during the case that the victim was struck with a vodka bottle and bitten during the attack and left with bruising, cuts and swelling.
The chairman of the magistrates said: “This is one of the most vicious and vile assaults this bench has ever dealt with as it was a sustained assault on a vulnerable victim.”
Despite this, the pair were given a 16-week jail sentence which could be regarded as way too lenient. Furthermore, the magistrate went on to suspend the sentence for two years, leaving them to walk free from court.
Not only is the punishment inadequate in my opinion, this type of justice does not act as a deterrent to others. Shame on all involved.