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Judge is sending out the wrong message
ON READING the front page report in The Press on Monday (Champion kick boxer terrorised taxi driver), I wondered who was the biggest danger to today’s society.
Was it the 23-year-old criminal with a record of 18 previous convictions who just happens to have some potential as a kick boxer or the QC supposedly representing and defining the laws of our country who made the inane comment “there are so many good things to be said about you that the public are better served by punishing you within the community”?
Is our country so desperate for a sports medal that we are prepared to make a laughing stock of our entire legal system?
Hopefully someone with sufficient seniority in the legal profession will have the common sense to realise just what sort of precedent could be set if this decision is not subject to appeal.
Liz Edge, Parkside Close, York.
• I AM astonished that the champion kickboxer who terrorised a taxi driver was not sent to prison.
As a martial artist myself, I find this story sends out a terrible message to youngsters who train in any martial art that if you have potential you can get away with anything.
The report listed what this man has done in the past and what he did to that poor taxi driver and his family. The punishment he received is outrageous.
Peter Edwards, president of the world association of kick boxing organisations, should ban him for life from competing and whoever teaches him in York should ban him for life from ever training after abusing the training he has been given and using it to terrorise someone.
He should have been sent to prison and not have his sentence suspended for two years.
Anybody else would now be inside and not off to compete in the world championship in October.
So go on, kids – do kickboxing and get into the Great Britain team and receive your Monopoly “Get out of jail free” card, do a terrible crime and flash your card to the judge and – bingo! – get a slap on the wrist and a stern warning not to do it again.
Dave Asbury, Strensall, York.
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