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Life Is Cheap

Dear Editor,

So, Jakub Tomczak has been given two life sentences after being convicted of rape and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to his 48-year-old victim in an Exeter street. The Echo reported that Judge Graham Cottle imposed a life sentence for each count and ordered that Tomczak, 24, should serve a minimum term of nine years.

Yet another typical case of British justice, or injustice, when a life sentence comes down to a paltry four and a half years. I'd be willing to bet that if a Brit were convicted on these charges in Tomczak's native Poland he'd not be as fortunate. Come to that, if the defendent in this case were British he'd probably be looking at a minimum of 20 years, but I guess I'm not allowed to voice that opinion in polite circles or British newspapers.