Saturday, August 18, 2012
Laura Szendrei murder trial under way
I haven’t heard anything in the news of late but last February it was announced that the trial for the suspect arrested for the murder of Laura Szendrei was scheduled to start August 13 2012 and run till October. First I want to say that her death is an absolute tragedy.
We need to separate the fact that her father wore Hells Angels support gear and that Hells Angels attended the funeral. We need to separate that completely from the case. A young girl was murdered. Beaten to death. Police say they don’t think victim knew the suspect which makes it even more tragic and bizarre. Someone just beats a young girl to death for no reason. Incomprehensible.
The moral of the story is that murder is a horrible thing. It is devastating for a whole family. I think it would be inherently offensive if some idiots started a free this murderer facebook group like they did for Matt Foley back east. I don’t see that happening because everyone here agrees this murder was horrible.
Some people get all upset because they claim the father threatened revenge in court. That is a pretty human thing to do. Those kinds of feelings are appropriate given the tragic nature of the situation. We need to set that aside too. It does however lead us to the concept of justice. They say where there is no justice, there will be no peace.
The legal consequence for murder in Canada is bad enough as it is. The fact that the kid was a young offender makes it worse. Even less time served. Thanks to Chuck Cadman and his work with CRY: Crime Responsibility Youth, young offenders can now be tried as adults in the case of serious crimes like murder. Clearly this suspect should be tried as an adult in this case.
There’s a publication ban on the kids name because he was a young offender at the time but there isn’t a publication ban on the motive and the sentence he will receive. That needs to be discussed.
The Surrey Leader is now reporting on the trial.