I was pretty disgusted, though not surprised, to read that "youths" who smashed up the roof and windows of a Church in Belfast have been let off any possible prosecution. What is remarkable about this is that the incident was fully photographed, with very clear images recorded as to who was doing what. Yet the vandals will get off scot-free! I can fully understand why the rector of the Church which was vandalised, Rev Charles McCartney, has said he intends to appeal their decision.
"If the prosecution service don’t do this, then it sends a message to the young men involved that there’s nothing the police can do," Rev McCartney. "It says to the local people there’s no point ringing the police, it also says to the police themselves ‘what’s the point in taking a case’.
That’s the point, there is no point! This is exactly the way things are meant to be. We have a Judiciary and a Police Service which is much more interested in helping those who have committed crime, wanting to understand them, to feel their pain. They have little thought for those at the receiving end. If you want to stop them wrecking your church roof, put up barbed wire and then expect to be sued for damages.