18 years for bashing, 3 years for killing

A couple of other stories that caught my eye in the local papers were about sentences handed down by local courts – one on a woman who had bashed her maid and one on a man who had caused the death of a teenager whilst trying to snatch her bag.

The woman who bashed her maid (who had recovered) received a sentence of 18 years in jail, whilst the man who had killed the teenager got off with three years.

I thought for a moment that the court had got the sentences mixed up, but that was not the case – different courts and different judges.

Whilst both crimes were serious, there doesn't seem to be much consistency between different courts when it comes down to handing out sentences.

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