FATHER OF MURDERED WPC DAUGHTER WANTS HER KILLER HANGED – Dale Cregan, 30, a drug dealer, murdered WPCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, by luring them to their death after making a bogus 999 emergency call to report a burglary.
On arriving at the scene the two police officers were confronted by Cregan who mowed them down with a hail of bullets and whilst still alive he then tossed a grenade to finish them off.
After murdering the two innocent police officers Cregan got in his car, drove to the nearest police station and handed himself in.
Paul Bone, WPC Bone’s father, made a statement outside the court after Cregan was handed down a life sentence, saying that a life sentence is too flexible and he could be allowed to walk in a few years; he should be hanged.
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At the sentencing the judge told Dale Cregan that he would spend the rest of his life in prison, however it is clear from Paul Bone’s statement that he feels the law is simply too lenient and that people like Cregan should be given the death penalty so as to ensure they are never allowed to walk the streets again.
Murderer: Dale Cregan (above)
This wasn’t the first time Cregan had killed. He was already on the run after killing two gangland rivals, although it could be said that removing them from society wasn’t exactly a crime and in fact did the public a favour.
“You pursued the officers with cold-blooded and ruthless determination to end their lives. You acted with pre-meditated savagery. You will never be released from prison.” Judge Timothy Holroyde QC remarks to Dale Cregan upon sentencing
Yes that may sound a little callous and cold hearted but with the rising violent crime in the UK the less criminals there are walking about the safer we will all be.
As for WPC Bone’s father and his view that Cregan should be hanged I would challenge anyone to disagree. Yes I know the Liberal Left-Wing would fight against such a claim and often using the fact that the death penalty is not a deterrent.
There is strong evidence to support the claim that the death penalty is not a deterrent but surely that is not the point of having the death penalty. There is nothing to stop those who are intent on murder however the whole point of the death penalty should be to remove that individual from society permanently and saving the taxpayer having to support that person’s life in prison for the rest of their natural existence.
I read an article recently where someone said; ‘Surely spending £20.00 for a decent length of rope that can be used over and over again is cheaper than having to spend tens of thousands a year keeping a murderer locked up.’
Left: WPC Fiona Bone – Right: WPC Nicola Hughes – both murdered in cold blood by Dale Cregan
There have been a number of calls for a referendum on the reinstatement of the death penalty and successive Governments have refused to bow down to public pressure and provide such a referendum.
The argument will always be the same; that the death penalty is not a deterrent and yet the public’s view is that this is irrelevant as the death penalty should be a tool to ensure that the person is never able to take the life of another and that the taxpayer isn’t further burdened with their upkeep.
The other valid argument is that we could end up taking the life of a innocent person. There have been numerous cases where innocence was later established and therefore the reinstatement of the death penalty is simply not a viable solution.
We all know that justice in the UK is soft and that Cregan will be living a very comfortable life at the expense of the taxpayer.
What is worrying is that whilst the judge handed down a sentence that would see Cregan imprisoned for life it is not impossible for him to be paroled in the future and therefore another murderer will again be walking the streets and free to kill again if he wishes.
You may disagree and feel that the death penalty, by any method, is inhumane but how much humanity did Cregan show his innocent victims? Also we need to explore the issue as to whether it is humane to keep a person locked up for the rest of their natural life – surely this is practice cannot be viewed as humane?
The argument for and against the death penalty will continue to rage and it can be agreed that no system is perfect nor will it ever bring back those who have been lost to such a heinous crime.
Watch the video above as this gives some good arguments for and against the death penalty.
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