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Murder of Steven Simpson - Sentence Review by the Court of Appeal.

(18 Posts)
merlincat Thu 11-Jul-13 15:56:08

You may remember that an 18yr old lad with AS and who was openly gay was burned to death by one Jordan Sheard in an episode of "horseplay"at the victims 18nth birthday party.

The Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that the three and a half year sentence should stand. So it's official then, our kids are disposable.

That's awful sad angry

hazeyjane Thu 11-Jul-13 16:07:07

God, I hadn't seen this, I remember the petition for an appeal against the sentence. How utterly depressing.

hazeyjane Thu 11-Jul-13 16:10:33

Lady Justice Rafferty said that, whether Sheard’s sentence was too light or not, it would not be fair to him to change it now.

“It would not be fair or right to penalise him at this stage,” she said.

absolutely disgusting.

Summerhasloaded Thu 11-Jul-13 16:12:04

angryangryangryangry

merlincat Thu 11-Jul-13 16:13:56

Apparently his autism, learning difficulties and speech problems 'would not have been apparent' to the killer. It's a sad day for Gay Rights too. Hitler would be proud of you Lady Justice Rafferty.

Eyesunderarock Thu 11-Jul-13 16:18:08
Eyesunderarock Thu 11-Jul-13 16:24:28

It makes the idea of Wild Justice, family feuds and revenge-taking more understandable, when you have judges as ineffective as this ruling on the murder of a vulnerable person.
So, it seems that in these and other cases like them, we are on our own. Our children are not safe, and the law can't and won't keep them safe.
I wonder what Jordan's next stunt will be, and whom it will involve?

merlincat Thu 11-Jul-13 16:28:17

I guess he can do what the hell he likes, bless him.

Eyesunderarock Thu 11-Jul-13 16:36:11

The merry little scamp.
I'd not be able to let that go, I know it.
Three and a half years, with parole for being good? So, out in just over two for burning a man to death.

bochead Thu 11-Jul-13 20:06:30

WTF? shock

We need a revolution.

I'm ashamed to be British today as what sort of message has just been sent out about our nation with this?

zzzzz Thu 11-Jul-13 21:20:38

Horrible

whenwilligetsomesleep Thu 11-Jul-13 21:31:27

This is truly disgusting. So sad for his family. hmm

Bluebirdonmyshoulder Sun 14-Jul-13 21:20:19

Truly heartbreaking. Rest in peace Steven. Your name won't be forgotten here.

coff33pot Mon 15-Jul-13 00:03:10

A boy burned to death and its "not fair" on the murderer to have a justifiable lengthy sentence?

What a sad sad world we live in when a terrible crime against the vulnerable is taken so lightly sad

galleymax Mon 15-Jul-13 13:51:26

I've been deeply moved by this story, it's so awful. I can't believe that anyone could do such a thing to a vulnerable young man with disabilities. The sentence of three and a half years is an absolute insult to Steven and has family and I cannot believe that it wasn't changed. I am also annoyed because the Crown Prosecution Service made mistakes at the original trial, which makes me wonder if Jordan Sheards sentence would have been higher. It is indeed a tragedy.

SoleSource Mon 15-Jul-13 17:32:52

No words could possibly begin to express my fucking RAGE

autumnsmum Mon 15-Jul-13 18:59:56

I find this case heartbreaking and the sentence is an insult . It feels that gay rights and disabilities are regarded as unimportant

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