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Calls for death penalty by Sussex councillor
5:10pm Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
A councillor has called for the return of the death penalty for those who kill police officers and children.
Annabelle West, who describes herself as a “committed Christian”, said she would like the Government to reintroduce capital punishment for extreme crimes.
The Conservative councillor from Eastbourne claimed police and child killers should be punished by death.
She said: “There are people who agree and people who don’t.
“Police officers killed in the line of duty and murdered children for me personally are the most severe, deserving cases.
“Take for example the two young women police officers who were killed in Manchester – they were vulnerable, responding to a call which is part of their duty to the public.
“Children too are very vulnerable but so many are killed.”
Mrs West, who is a councillor for Eastbourne’s Upperton ward, was previously a magistrate and has more than 20 years’ experience on the bench.
She added: “I have faith in the justice and prison system, but I believe life should mean life.
“If somebody is given a sentence, it’s immediately cut and they only serve half of that.”
Asked whether she was concerned at the possibility of convicting the wrong person in a murder case, Mrs West said mistakes that had been made in previous years were rare.
She said: “You have to trust the evidence. The evidence that comes before the court has to be really tight, so that when a decision is made and a sentence is given, there’s no cause for doubt at all.
“I respect people’s personal views either way.
“My view is that I think there is an opportunity now, with the mood of the country, to vote for capital punishment to be brought back. MPs should be given an opportunity to discuss it.”
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