What’s Life Mean Now…?

Convicted killer James Gubb was out on licence while Mickey Murphy was trying to support a £400-a-week drug habit when they carried out their crime spree.

Murphy, 21, and Gubb, 38, both admitted carrying out a terrifying raid on the Canvey Labour Club while armed with fake guns on November 10.

Murphy also admitted three other robberies, across south Essex, and one attempted robbery while Gubb admitted one further count of robbery.

If you think they shouldn’t have been out on the streets, you’re right.

Mitigating, Christopher Martin said dealers regularly threatened violence if he didn’t pay them back their money.

Mr Martin added: “His mother’s car was set on fire and a bullet was left on the doorstep of his home.

“There were direct threats of violence towards every female member of his family so he decided his only option to pay that back was to embark on a spree that brought him here today.”

Interesting defence, no?

Murphy, of First Avenue, Canvey, was sentenced to six years in prison in total for the series of offences.

Gubb, who was out on licence for murder was handed five years in prison.

In 2000, Gubb, of no fixed abode, was convicted of killing 18-year-old Tony Mahoney.

And for killing an 18 year old, he served less than the victim’s entire life on earth. Is that justice?

6 comments for “What’s Life Mean Now…?

  1. Mudplugger
    February 22, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    The starting point for any murder sentence should be the number of years ‘stolen’ from the victim, plus a minimum additional penalty just for doing it, say 10 years.

    By that method, the 18-year-old victim could have reasonable expected around 65 more years of life, so the killer would have got 65 years plus a 10 year penalty – 75 years inside sounds much fairer to me.

    • Errol
      February 22, 2019 at 9:45 pm

      I don’t understand that. Why do we want to keep them in prison for? Fed, watered with free healthcare?

      No, a massive waste of time.

      Flog the swine. Better still, turn in the dealers as well and flog them as well. Beat them black, blue, red until they’ve no skin left on their bodies. Rinse, repeat day after day after day after day for say, 6 months.

      When the broken remains of what used to be human can do nothing but plead forgiveness, flog them again, cut off hands, feet and rip out tongue and then thro the remains in the sewer.

      • Mudplugger
        February 23, 2019 at 4:29 pm

        I started from the premise that capital punishment wasn’t available.

        I would, however, off the facility of euthanasia to anyone given a sentence of more than 20 years. It’s a kindness to them, a saving to the rest of us and, as it’s their choice, it’s not state-killing.

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  2. Lord T
    February 22, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Mudplugger, A very fair view in my opinion. I’d start at 150 years and add on the number of years but I’m a hang ’em high guy. I think your formula may be more palatable.

  3. February 24, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Not enough room in prison for all our visitors.

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