Thursday, November 30, 2006

Race hate victim jailed

Word reached me today of the appalling story concerning Aaron Bennett who has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after wounding two men who attacked him and his girlfriend.

Bennett had wrestled an offensive weapon from the hands of one of his assailants and used it against him. However, the judge felt he had 'gone too far' in his defence. That he had escaped with only superficial injuries only served to strenghten the judge's view of the case.

The case mirrors that of Satpal Ram who, in 1986, was attacked by six men in a restaurant. Amid the brawl, Ram stabbed one of the men who later refused hospital treatment and died. Ram has been in prison since.

The criminal justice system has failed both these men and their cases do little to encourage ethnic minorities to come forward and testify in similar circumstances.

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