I know it’s an all too common event these days, but I am confused.
On an apparently daily basis we hear of rape trials in this country. Day after day, we hear of child abuse cases or random rape attacks. There seems to be little pattern.
Two cases in the last couple of weeks caught my eye.
The first was an horrendous case of a father systematically raping one of his daughters and abusing another, over a period spanning three years. Twice a week, he would wait for his wife to go out, and would then rape his daughters, aged six and eight.
The second was a case of a man who broke into a house and raped a woman.
I know there is no such thing as a ‘good’ rape, but surely there are cases of rape that are worse than others? For the woman in the second case, it was undoubtedly a terrifying ordeal, and the rapist should expect the full weight of justice, but in the first case we have a man systematically raping his own daughters, twice a week over a three year period, when the girls were mere children.
Now let’s look at the sentences.
The man who raped his daughters got ten years.
The man who raped the woman got five life sentences?
What the fuck?
There is absolutely no rhyme nor reason for such a vast disparity? Unless there are factors ‘that were taken into consideration’?
Are we to discover that the man who raped his daughters was from a broken home? Was he an alcoholic? Was he abused as a child? Did he have one of the many ‘mitigating’ pathetic excuses that for no reason whatsoever seem to be a free pass for appalling behaviour?
Or does the Irish ‘justice’ system just dislike people from Poland?
I am confused.