UK: where criminals who “hope to kill someone” [and succeed] are rewarded with light sentences

UK: where criminals who “hope to kill someone” [and succeed] are rewarded with light sentences

From The Independent…

A van driver has been heard on camera saying “I hope I killed someone”, after being arrested for causing the death of a teenager in a horror crash.

Luke Hawkes, 28, skipped a red light at high speed in Bridgwater, Somerset, when he collided with 19-year-old Bethany Branson, who was killed instantly.

“Oh well, you know what, I will get three, four, five years. Hopefully I killed them”, [he] says in the body cam clip.

He was jailed for 10 years and handed a 12 years and seven-month driving disqualification.   Source… 

Editor writes…

10 years?  Which means  out in five?  Driving licence back in his wallet in a dozen years?

And this is supposed to (a) punish this scoundrel and (b) deter others?  As one commentator on social media pointed out, he should surely have received a life sentence (25-30 years minimum) and a lifetime driving ban.  The softies will argue that he must have had a difficult childhood, however, so that’s all right.  Idiots.

Gimme a break.  He needs to be locked up and nobody – for the life of them – ever able to find the key again.   And I’m only saying that because I suspect capital punishment would be ruled out of the question. Pity. When they did away with the sanctity of life from the moment of conception, and thus condoned capital punishment for the unborn, they didn’t foresee this, presumably unintended consequence, did they – that is, that if life is not sacred from its first moments, why should it be considered sacred at any other point in time?

The ignorant clown Luke Hawkes must have missed the lesson on the Ten Commandments, not to mention sin and Hell,  probably dodging school that day, so I suppose he didn’t know that he isn’t allowed to kill another human being, or even hope to kill someone.  Speaking of which, an outraged commentator on social media expressed the hope that someone will take good care of him inside.  As long as it’s not one of the woke brigade; not the brightest buttons in the box, they’d completely misunderstand the sentiment.

What, if anything, can be done about our useless “Justice” system?   Your thoughts…

St Thomas More, Patron Saint of Lawyers pray for us!

Comments (12)

  • westminsterfly Reply

    Absolutely agree. Because of abortion and the looming threat of legalised euthanasia, life is deemed to be cheap now.

    January 29, 2023 at 5:46 pm
    • Josephine Reply


      I also agree – if life isn’t sacred from its beginning, how do we decide where the line is drawn and life is to be respected. These days, the lives of animals are treated as sacred but human life is disposable.

      That man who said he hoped he’d killed somebody, should be locked up for life and never allowed to drive again. I’d like to ask that judge if HE would be happy out driving knowing that nutter is on the same roads.

      Why do they hand out such light sentences? Are they afraid of these crooks? Do they think they’ll come after them and see them off? Nothing else makes any sense and that would be cowardly.

      January 29, 2023 at 6:55 pm
      • editor

        WF and Josephine,

        We are agreed, totally, on the link between legalised abortion/child murder and the loss respect for human life in general. You can “hope to kill someone” [and succeed] and the courts will deal with you leniently. The UK has become a criminal’s paradise.

        In that regard, Josephine, you have said something that I have often said myself, which is there has to be a reason why judges are so obviously loath to hand down stiff sentences when they are clearly warranted. And if a stiff sentence is not warranted in the Luke Hawkes case, I can’t imagine there EVER being such a case.

        If you (and I) are correct, and it is a fear of reprisals from convicted criminals, then shame, shame, shame on such weak judges. They should not be allowed to judge a Scottish Dancing Competition. And definitely not a Bagpipe Playing Competition!

        Seriously, the whole system needs to be re-examined and weak judges rooted out or given whatever support they need to make sure the sentences they give really do fit the crime.

        January 29, 2023 at 7:25 pm
      • westminsterfly

        Our judiciary system is totally broken. Look at how they treat the Extinction Rebellion (XR) types with kid gloves. Two cases recently: Some of the XR brigade glued themselves to a petrol tanker. The judge ruled it was not a motor vehicle so he dismissed the charge. Another judge let off with a suspended sentence the XR people who smashed Barclays Bank window causing £100,000 worth of damage, because, he said ‘they didn’t expect the glass to break so easily’. Lunacy. These judges are either senile or corrupt. As far as the car criminal mentioned above who got a lenient sentence, I wonder if that judge has any children, and wonder how he would feel if one of them were killed by a criminal motorist. The judiciary needs SERIOUS overhauling.

        January 29, 2023 at 7:27 pm
      • editor


        Yes, there’s something very fishy about the way judges are treating these eco-nutters. Imagine an accused murderer lodging a defence that he didn’t expect the person would die to easily. It’s absolutely crazy.

        I’m increasingly suspicious of the judiciary – there may well be corruption writ large there, but – for very obvious reasons – I won’t say much more on that topic right now 😀

        January 29, 2023 at 7:35 pm
      • Lily


        You are so right about the climate activists and the judges. I have been stunned at the excuses made to give these pests non-custodial sentences when they should be locked up for a lengthy period of time. They cause so much damage to property, and hassle for everyone and show no sign of common sense, are very arrogant, as when it’s pointed out to them that China is the biggest polluter, why not go and protest there, they just dismiss the idea. It beggars belief that any judge would tolerate their criminal behaviour and yet go easy on someone who openly says he hopes he killed someone.

        January 29, 2023 at 8:59 pm
      • westminsterfly

        I think most of the judiciary are ‘champagne socialists’ anyway, awash with cultural marxism. They agree with a lot of these loony left causes. Also, look at the way the ‘Supreme Court’, set up by Tony Blair in 2005, was (mis)used to overrule parliament when it was prorogued by Boris Johnson, saying it was ‘unlawful’ – because it didn’t support the judiciary’s anti-Brexit agenda. They have become unaccountable and therefore, dangerous to society.

        January 30, 2023 at 9:22 am
  • RCAVictor Reply

    The justice system has been replaced by the “equity” system, which metes out consequences – or none at all – depending on which special interest group you belong to. So much for the Magna Carta, now known as the Slap on the Wrist with a “tsk-tsk.”

    Unfortunately, this criminal driver can’t be punished for his barbaric sentiments, but he should be punished for vehicular homicide, which this is. What is the punishment for vehicular homicide in the UK? It looks like it can’t exceed 14 years:

    January 29, 2023 at 7:39 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

    Absolutely Sick this Excuse for a Human Being should never see the light of Day never mind Drive again. This was not even so called Drunk Driving as this Evil so and so wanted to kill someone. I wonder if this was this Judge Daughter would He have been so lenient. Sometimes an Eye for an Eye is correct, especially in this instance.

    January 29, 2023 at 9:28 pm
    • editor Reply

      Not so fast, FOOF. What if Luke Whatsisname is a Catholic who believes in Garabandal, and is a fan of LSN and Taylor Marshall. THEN, all we could say, surely, is who are we to judge?

      January 29, 2023 at 11:26 pm
  • Athanasius Reply

    I think it was Pope Pius IX who wrote that the peace of Christ can only be found in the Kingdom of Christ. In other words, when Our Lord is rejected by society and its leaders, as is the unprecedented case today, someone else fills the void and that someone else is Lucifer; who turns all justice, order and morality on its head, which is the chaos we now live in. But he’s like a dog on a leash who will be roped in by God in due course. In the meantime things will get worse and society will continue to crumble – just punishment for a generation that rejects its Creator and Saviour.

    January 29, 2023 at 11:57 pm

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