I am outraged that Brett Cowan, the convicted killer of Daniel Morcombe, will be eligible for parole after twenty years. Twenty Years!!!!!!! for the molestation and murder of a young boy. Additionally we now find out that Cowan was a serial Pedophile with the following history (source The Daily Telegraph)
It can now be revealed that Cowan:
TOOK a seven-year-old boy from a playgroup and molested him in a toilet block, putting his hands around the boy’s throat when the distraught child threatened to tell his mother;
LEFT a second child, aged six, with horrific and life-threatening injuries after raping him in Darwin;
ADMITTED to abusing up to 30 children while a child himself by luring them into the change rooms of a local swimming pool;
SEXUALLY assaulted children in the lead-up to Daniel’s disappearance in a series of incidents not reported to police;
FORCED a girlfriend into a bizarre and violent kidnap and rape role play years after killing Daniel; and
SUBJECTED partners to violent sex acts, including repeatedly choking one into unconsciousness
Cowen is the worst of the worst in terms of criminals and yet our system of Justice seems impotent to protect the most vulnerable of our society. How many children’s lives does this man have to destroy before we lock him up for life? Surely he should have been kept in prison for longer than the pathetic couple of years he got for the first and second molestation offences? Would we describe his current sentence as a deterrent for other potential pedophiles: you would have to say No! The Scales of Justice seem at times to be biased toward the perpetrators when they should be biased toward protecting the innocent, the vulnerable, those who no longer have a voice. I understand that I don’t understand law, legal precent or legislation. I do however have some understanding of our responsibility to protect our children.
I will say how much I greatly admire Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise. I cannot begin to imagine the anguish and heartache that these two people have been through. Yet they have stayed committed to each other, focussed on getting justice for their son, and also focussed on bringing a message of child safety to other parents. I stand in awe of the Morcombes. They are an inspiring couple.
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