so clayton weatherston's been sentenced to life imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 18 years.
i'm not entirely sure how i feel about this. on the one hand, i'm really glad that the judge has recognised the callous, pre-meditated nature of this crime, and has not mitigated for the provocation defence used at trial. that's good.
on the other hand, in a more global sense, i'm not that into justice policy that locks people away for long periods of time with them doing nothing much productive. i hope that mr weatherston does get some serious help in prison that will enable him to take full responsibility for what he has done. i hope that he can figure out ways to contribute to society, because i don't believe that there is anyone in this world that has nothing to give. in 18 (or however many) years time, when he gets out, i'm hoping he has a life to come back to, which will reduce his chances of reoffending.
but somehow, in our current system and culture, i don't think much of that is going to happen.