Bruce Emery charged after a teenage boy, stabbed him, and killed him. He's been convicted of manslaughter (funny - it looks like a murder to me), and sentenced to four years and three months in jail.
I agree with Maia - jail solves nothing, jails are brutalising institutions that should be abolished. But here's the rub. Normally, the sentence for stabbing someone is between five and seven years jail, but it can be reduced to three and a half years in mitigating circumstances.
According to the sentencing judge, these are mitigating factors:
- Emery's family standing;
- the fact that he supports himself in the community.
Emery's lawyer argued that his client was an upstanding member of the public, he had three young children, and no prior criminal record.
So there you have it. Being a white middle class man is a mitigating factor.