Tuesday, 26th February 2013
CONVICTED RAPIST WITH HIV GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE – Alan Clune, 32, is a convicted rapist with HIV and sparked a nationwide manhunt after his failed to notify the police of his whereabouts, as required due to him being a registered Sex Offender.
Alan Clune was finally arrested after 10 days on the run in Central London. At his hearing the judge provided him with a 2 years suspended sentence. Almost to disbelief the judge commented:
“It’s an absolute certainty. Start obeying the rules. The trouble with you is if you go off the rails, you go off spectacularly.”
Considering the judge and the police knew of his behaviour, as the judge stated; ‘You go off the rails spectacularly’, it would not be a wild assumption to think that Alan Clune is indeed a very real danger to the public and yet he was given a suspended sentence.
The suspended sentence was granted as Clune’s lawyers pointed out that Clune was currently undergoing dialysis and skin cancer treatment. Although senior police officers testified that Clune posed a serious risk to the general public he was still granted a suspended sentence for 2 years.
Judge Beverley Lunt gave a statement that Clune had escaped imprisonment due to his health but warned that any failing to report to the police as directed under the Sex Offenders Registration Act he would be imprisoned for up to four years.
Once again the justice system fails to protect the public from those considered a real danger to society and once again the judge is bound by the Human Rights Act which so often provides liberty and freedom to those who should be locked away from society due to the real dangers they pose.
How much of a worry is Clune to society? The facts are that Clune became a drug addict by the age of 13 and in 2002 contracted HIV. The following year he raped an 18 years heterosexual male after befriending him and engaging in a heavy drinking session. The young man then had to endure months of tests and waiting to see if he had contracted HIV during the rape. Fortunately the end results were negative, but this is a clear indication as to why Clune should not be allowed any form of liberty or freedom.