Over the last couple of days I’ve been upset by discovering a boy I worked with has been jailed for 23 years for murder. The judge was scathing of him in his judgement and the media has shown graphic footage of his arrest as well as daily newspaper articles. I wanted to write something in the “Letters to the Editor” but my name would be published along with the suburb in which I live and I know I couldn’t deal with the inevitable vitriol which would follow.
I’m hoping that if I put my letter to the editor here it will make me feel better, make me feel I’ve “got it off my chest”.
How can people look at the images of Liam Humbles and rip him to shreds? Don’t they see the completely miserable human I see? His thin shoulders curled around his scrawny body, his completely blank face and his inability to process any reasonable thought. People take “recreational drugs” to make themselves happy don’t they? Liam is the best anti-drugs image I’ve ever seen. By contrast the image of his victim shows a wonderful happy face, the face of a person whose loss causes terrible pain but Liam apparently shows no remorse for killing him. I suspect that Liam feels nothing, not hope, happiness, pain, guilt or remorse. Probably he’s felt that way most of his life and when drugs became accessible he abused them to make himself numb but our society needs to ask why and do something about it or we will continue to create people like him.