Letter: Bulger killers

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Has the Chief Inspector of Prisons lost his reason ("Bulger killers `should be freed' ", 29 October)?

Let us remind ourselves of the facts: the 10-year-old murderers of a plucky two-year-old (yes, plucky, because in his mortal misery he kept getting up each time they knocked him down) have, for nearly six years lived in comfortable surroundings encompassing warmth, food, a clean bed, private education, books, TV and radio and hobbies. Now they are approaching 18, I was wondering when their proper punishment was going to begin!

If being 10 years old is too young to understand the horror of one's crime - and I doubt that - being 18 certainly is not.