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Man who poisoned his wife given a light sentence due to 'previous good character'...

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edam Sat 29-Aug-09 11:49:25

does previous good character really count for anything if you've tried to kill your wife?

It's not like shoplifting or armed robbery or something, FGS. It wasn't spur of the moment, he planned it and did it repeatedly. So what if he's well liked and respected? So are many child abusers, doesn't make their crimes any less vile.

TheCrackFox Sat 29-Aug-09 11:52:29

I found that very bizarre as well. He tried to kill her but, you know, he is a top bloke really.

Does this mean, with my previous good character, I can pop down to John Lewis and help my self to a plasma TV?

edam Sat 29-Aug-09 11:54:37

Sounds entirely possible.

kathyis6incheshigh Sat 29-Aug-09 11:56:11

Was he actually trying to kill her? It wasn't clear from article.
But yes, I agree with you - suspended sentence sounds bizarrely light given the awfulness and premeditated nature of what he did.

sheepgomeep Sat 29-Aug-09 12:01:28

I read this this morning as well. It's ridiculous

edam Sat 29-Aug-09 12:04:14

Not sure if he was actually trying to kill her, but he was trying to make her ill and using a substance that could easily have been fatal. It's sheer luck that she didn't die - and sounds as if she's been very seriously harmed.

StripeySuit Sat 29-Aug-09 12:13:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

shonaspurtle Sat 29-Aug-09 12:18:39

It's worrying that she left because he was controlling and he admits that the reason he did this was because he was continuing to attempt to control - he wanted her to be sick and dependent on him.

So you can control your partner, when she leaves you poison her, but hey you're a good guy. Everyone says so hmm

edam Sat 29-Aug-09 13:59:14

wonder if it's worth contacting the attorney general, under that new system where they can review whether sentences are too lenient?

It's just the latest in a very long line of cases where violence against women is not taken seriously.

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