A senior judge said on Wednesday that he was powerless to send the terrorist behind the Manchester Arena bombing to jail for the rest of his life because of laws passed by Parliament.
Hashem Abedi will escape a whole life sentence for the atrocity because he was aged 20, rather than 21, at the time of the attack. The law prevents criminals under 21 being handed a whole life term.
Where there is legislation – that expressed will of the Parliament we elect – then the courts are bound by that legislation. Further, anyone on trial or found guilty can only be processed by that law and punished only according to what the law was at the moment of the crime.
Hey, maybe even we the people might decide differently, elect people who change this specific point. But if we do that only applies to anyone caught and tried after the relevant law has been passed.
That’s just the way the system works and the reason it does so is to protect us, the citizenry, from the State. We just don’t do retroactive changes in that law. Because to do so puts all of us at risk of whatever 650 idiots might decide to chase us with.