Lets dissect this a little little with justice vengeance fact and emotion.
First question How many here have had a child die? seriously how
many? I have and its the most terrible feeling in the world.
No he didn't get enough time behind bars. Perhaps in this case behind
bars was not the place to be. I would think if he were really a bad person
the other children would have been happy to have him behind bars.
We are all responsible for our action that is true, however there is no minimum
for Manslaughter and the reason is this. First there was never an intent to kill
a person that is why its defined as manslaughter. Every case is as different as
the set of circumstances that caused the death.
The fact that no marks were on the girl is testament to the fact the father was
frustrated and upset but he was not intending to do serious damage to the child.
I for one do not believing in hitting a child period. With my kids I can remember
every spanking I gave for two reasons. One the child was engaged in serious
behavior that could have injured themselves at a young age. Secondly there were
so few I can count them on one hand. There are more creative ways to punish a
child that hitting them. None of our children or grandchildren have been in a court
room and the ones who are old enough all have jobs or trades.
This father is left with the feeling he killed his daughter. What the hell could be a
worse punishment? He didn't mean to kill his daughter the law also determined that.
So what other punishment is worse? I didn't kill my daughter she died a crib death
and I still think about that day every week at some point or another wondering what might
This guy knows he started the events that led to her death although it was the furthest
thing from his mind.
In so many cases we have a situation where there is an honor killing or vengeance or
some other mean spirited act. This was a discipline matter that went wrong it was
excessive but not mean spirited and I think there are other ways to make this a better
situation than prison. He could have been given the task of working within his community
to truly integrate his communities culture into the Canadian Culture.
Even more perhaps the man should be somewhat forgiven slightly longer in prison perhaps
with some counseling and support
Giving him sixty years is counter productive, not even his dead daughter would want that.
The sentence of a court must be about Justice not Revenge