Why should a man convicted of kidnapping and murdering an 8 year-old girl get legal aid? Why should he ever have the possibility of getting out of prison? Why doesn't he get a life sentence, with life meaning life in prison, end of? That is, after all, the length of the sentence that Roy Whitling gave the parents of Sarah Payne when he murdered their daughter.
The fact that this disgusting human being has had ten years slashed off his sentence via legal aid funded by the taxpayer really indicates just how nuts things have become in our criminal justice system. Even if realistically a reduction of 50 to 40 years means that Whitling will still never get out of prison, this is a needless and I suspect painful blow to a family that have already suffered more than any family should ever have to.