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Ian Huntley: There should be a law...

17 December 2003

Ian Huntley is guilty of murder. He was caught. He's going to gaol.

Maxine Carr is guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice. She's going to jail too. But, having already spent 16 months behind bars, she could be out in a month.

The End?

It's a terrible thing to acknowledge, but other people will murder, and will murder children. Above and beyond the talk of an inquiry to establish how Huntley was put in a post of some trust, the calls for new and different laws are coming in thick and fast.

Please email any suggestions you hear. Ten minutes since the verdict, and we already have:

  • Maxine Carr should be hanged (from a man in the newsagent). Proposed new law: capital punishment for perverting the course of justice,
  • "How that QC could look the jury in the eye and say it was manslaughter is a crime in itself" (from a policeman on the Jeremy Vine Show). Proposed new law: losing a case should become an offence;
  • "Carr was more involved than she let on and should be punished more severely" (from a caller to a local radio show). Proposed new law: for serious crimes, the Old Bailey should be overridden by gut feelings.

Keep them coming.



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