Amazed by court verdict
I AM in complete agreement with the views expressed by Ms Julia Smith in her letter published in the South China Morning Post on June 8.
The decision not to incarcerate the accused found guilty of an attack with acid on her wife is, to say the least, unusual.
The sentence defies justification.
Assaults on the weaker sex should be viewed with grave concern and an impression should not be allowed to gain ground that men can mount assaults on defenceless women with impunity.
Such assaults should steel the heart of the law for sterner sentences.
Mercy is no doubt a double blessing, and justice tempered with mercy is the ideal concept, but misplaced mercy in a court is often as damaging as erroneous conviction.
The guilty person who escapes with minor or insignificant punishment can be the hope of a million similar criminals.
The crown should file a revision for enhancement of sentences so that the accused may be adequately punished and justice may be done.
ANWAR A. KHUSRO New Territories