Thursday, 1 October 2015

Three and a half years for stabbing a Pedo

When Sarah Sands heard that her neighbour was a convicted paedophile she went to his house carrying a large kitchen knife and murdered him. She was sentenced on September 29 to three and a half years in prison for manslaughter.

What ever your thoughts about paedophiles you do not go to their house armed with a knife to extract a confession, and you most certainly do not stab him to death. Carrying a knife is a criminal offence and can attract a ten year sentence.

She stabbed Michael Pleasted, 77, eight times!

I think she should not be in prison. I think she should be in Broadmoor she is clearly unstable, has a skewed idea of her importance in the world and acted because she ‘heard’ he was being investigated. If members of the public are allowed to go about killing people who may or may not be a danger to their children where will it all end.

At no point in the story does it say her children were attacked, but it does say he was being investigated for attacking two young boys. Not her boys just boys.

It is not important what the victim did or didn't do, the fact of this case is the woman committed an act of premeditated murder. She was found guilty of manslaughter. Her beef was the law let him off lightly. So is it not right by her version of the law that she should be incarcerated. At three and a half years she is getting off lightly. She should have had ten years for just carrying the knife. and a further ten for the homicide.


Anonymous said...

Shame she didn't stop to think that her children will now be deprived of their mother for three and a half years.
nb oakfield

Marilyn McDonald said...

Well, it won't be three and a half years unless she has no non-parole period.
The hysteria about paedophiles creates this kind of crime, I think. What I am surprised about it that she went alone, as opposed to with a bunch of other vengeful parents!
3.5 years for killing someone is a very light sentence. Is she also to undergo a psychiatric assessment to determine of she should/could be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act?
Marilyn (nb Waka Huia)

Anonymous said...

We don't know why she was charged with manslaughter rather than murder, particularly as bringing a knife to the scene seems to establish premeditation.

Perhaps the CPS thought a jury would not convict on the more serious charge because of the hysteria about paedophiles (and paediatricians!).