Today I witnessed first hand the sentencing of 2 of the 5 suspects in my cousins murder trial.
Sitting in court 16 of the Old Bailey watching the vacant faces of the convicted, my feelings and thoughts where blank, almost like I was having an out of body experience. I made my peace with Stephens death many years ago and vowed to live my life without allowing the killers and their poison to guide my thoughts or emotions any more than they already had, in the years that passed after they took Stephens life… I never thought this day would come, and so never allowed my self the hope of believing it actually might.
Justice it would seem isn’t blind, but rather slow and myopic in its outlook. Following the tides of political agendas, in keeping with the culture it reflects, and endemic of the communities it represents. Its taken 19 years to get to this day. And had it not been for the pressure of media attention applied by my family, which continued to stoke the flames of public outrage, the times and political agenda would not have ‘evolved’ to a place that resulted in todays conviction.
So Luke, Jamie, and Neil be certain that the slow to react agenda, that has given you your liberty all these years, has gone through a radical transformation. Recession hit Britain still licking its wounds from a summer of unrest, won’t continue to turn a blind eye. Justice is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity to help heal the wounds of our society.
As the judge said today in court, “Just as advances in science have brought two people to justice, I hope the police will be alert to future lines of inquiry, not only based on developments in science but also information from those who have been silent so far,” Meaning the police have been given every ‘concession and resource available’ to pursue you with rigour!
Get your affairs in order, your time is finally coming…