The news that Julia Saker of Temple Ewell received a 12 month sentence for restraining her daughter from buying drugs has caused a lot of concern locally. Julia's daughter Tabitha is a drug addict. Julia and Tabitha's ex boyfriend (who got 18 months) were desperate to stop Tabitha from getting more drugs.
Drugs are a real evil of our times. Many people tell me any parent would do all they could in such a case. It seems clear that Julia's motive was to help her daughter. In view of this, many feel that the sentence is too harsh.
Deep down, there is a sense that things are out of balance. Here we have a mother motivated by care and concern going down for a long stretch. Meanwhile Mohammed Ibrahim, in the UK illegally, hit and killed little Amy Houston. He got just four months and they are going to let him stay in the UK. In my book Ibrahim should be thrown out and the law should show more support to parents who are trying to look after their children.
Cases like these highlight why we should axe the Human Rights Act. In the meantime, I will be writing to the Attorney General to express my concern on sentencing and to ask for the case to be reviewed.
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