Those calling for the abolition of suspended sentences (or voting for it via the Liberals on Saturday), a question: would you send this 72 year old man to jail for this tragic accident?
[72 year old] Fawkner man Ari Kiratli killed a truck driver when he failed to slow down and jumped a stop sign at the corner of Epping and Craigieburn Road in Wollert, north of Melbourne, last year.
Kiratli’s wife suffered a serious brain injury in the crash.
The court heard the elderly driver was not speeding, but had been distracted by an argument with his wife when he drove through the intersection.
He received a wholly suspended jail sentence of two-and-a-half years – an option that would not have been available to the judge if suspended sentences were abolished.
Would you have locked this old man up? To what end?
PS ABC? You couldn’t find a picture of, if not Wollert, at least a road in Victoria?
The above image, for example, is of the actual intersection mentioned in the story, taken from Google Street View. Surely a better illustration than traffic in Queensland somewhere.
UPDATE: And Channel 7, you just reproduced the ABC’s irrelevant image? Really?