I write in relation to your story titled “Mother of five jailed for theft” published on Wednesday. It is so easy for the judiciary system to sentence the poor to jail yet they have a hard time putting MPs, CEOs, ACEOs etc behind bars, and take years before they are convicted.
And when they do, it's either a fine or a warning, for some none at all.
This woman here was convicted and sentenced under 2 months...What a joke!!!
Although I do not condone what she did, I strongly believe that this woman stole the money to feed her five children.
The MPs, CEOs etc stole public funds and resources to feed their greed and get away with it.
As for the lawyers that represented this woman, they should have looked beyond the crime committed and question her true intention of doing so.
They should have argued for a lenient sentence considering she has five children. Now the judiciary not only have they sent this mother to jail, but the children have been sentenced to 18mths without a mother.
I'm sure there are other forms of punishment they could have used to minimise the impact of their sentence on these 5 kids.
So at the end of the day, who is there for the poor? Not the government, not the Alii and Faipule, not the church but they are on their own.
Woe to those who discriminate against the poor and God have mercy on you all!