There will always be Paedophiles, but it’s what’s done with them after they have performed a crime that matters.
It’s a really ruthless business putting somebody in prison, it’s not only a burden on the justice system that has to determine that outcome, but it’s also a burden on society.
Of course, not everybody complies with the law, but there are unquestionably some laws that we must comply with at all times and there are others that we might be able to get away with a slap on the hand or a non-custodial punishment but paedophilia, rape and murder are not one of those times.
However, Judge Cottle refused to jail certain people that had performed paedophilia offences and he appears to believe that the exploitation of children is not a severe enough violation to justify a custodial sentence.
He further fails to appreciate the long-lasting repercussions of these heinous crimes on young and defenceless child survivors and the penalties he is serving up are quite frankly an affront to the victims affected.
In January 2018, a charity worker arranged to meet girls under the age of 14 for sex in hotel rooms. This man avoided prison because Judge Graham Cottle thought that this man could get help.
Another man asked at least 39 minors for naughty images and threesomes before he was seized by the UK database but Judge Cottle gave him a 12 month suspended sentence for two years and this man was ordered to serve a 20-day rehabilitation.
In 2007, two men plied two 14-year-old girls with booze and amphetamines before having sex with them at a gathering and has been saved from prison because Judge Cottle concluded it was consensual, he may as well have performed the offence himself.
In May 2009, a man molested a five-year-old girl and he has also dodged prison, he was convicted to 18 months in prison, deferred for two years by Judge Cottle. He had also been convicted of indecently abusing the girl in the 1990’s and a similar offence against a 12-year-old youngster in another part of the country in the 1980’s, he clearly didn’t learn his lesson.
In 2003, a paedophile school bus driver assaulted three young girls and evaded prison.
How he was even allowed the job of school bus driver after having sex with a minor and also being on the sex offenders register is incredible. He then targeted the three girls who were also minors.
However, Judge Graham Cottle refused to jail the felon after a jury found him guilty of indecent assault and said that he should undergo a sex offender’s programme instead.
In 1996, a former school bus driver pleaded guilty to sexually violating two schoolgirls and was given the opportunity to change his ways by Judge Cottle despite a damaging report that he posed a danger of re-offending.
In September 2017, a convicted sex offender took four girls under the age of 10 out on excursions and took photo’s of them on the English Riviera big wheel. He was given a deferred prison sentence by Cottle for breaching the terms of a court mandate forbidding him from unsupervised association with children.
In August 2011, the Beast of Sligo was released to wander the streets despite being sentenced to 238 years. Joseph McColgan was imprisoned for a record 238 years for raping his own children. Nevertheless, the Irishman who was dubbed the Beast of Sligo served only nine years before his early discharge in 2004.
In June 2010, Judge Cottle gave him only 30 months for possessing child sexual abuse photographs before he was discharged early again.
Of course, the list goes on, and of course, we don’t want to misuse the taxpayer’s money, but if a felony has been perpetrated and such a heinous crime at that, then that offense needs to be approached in the correct way, after all, isn’t that why we have a justice system?
It’s not like they were stealing from a bank or taking from a friend, even though they’re against the law, it’s not the same as stealing a child’s virtue, that’s something they will never get back. It’s not material, it’s physical, not only to the mind but to the body as well.
A prison sentence should mean a prison sentence when dealing with paedophilia, rape and murder because those initial years of a child are fragile and need to be refined in a particular way and when somebody comes along and violates that, their whole being is violated for life, there is no going back to the beginning.
I’m not insinuating that we should bring back capital punishment, hell no, but when someone perpetrates such a heinous crime, such a sentence should be implemented – Life!