Violence against women (Andy Holt)
When is the Sheriff Court in Lerwick going to take seriously a more measured approach to the problem of violence against women?
There have been a number of cases in recent years where the punishment has appeared derisory taking into account the level of violence involved, fear engendered in the victim and injuries sustained.
To allow plea bargaining only adds insult to injury and fines, even relatively large ones, do nothing to address the issue of the defendant’s behaviour towards women.
If drivers can shorten their sentence by attending drink awareness or safety courses why are men who are violent towards women not being both punished and rehabilitated?