Letter: Taxi rape trial misunderstood

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The Independent Online
Sir: The letter from Anthony Brookman might lead to simplistic inferences in a complex situation. Our daughter was raped and murdered; if she had simulated complaisance then she might still be alive, but the perpetrator of the crime would be the same individual. In either situation, the actual or the hypothetical, the need to protect society from his possible future acts, and the need to deter others from like acts, is exactly the same.

The case of the (minor) sex attacker (seriously) re-offending x weeks after release from prison is all too familiar.

Yours faithfully,

W. F. MAUNDER

Tiverton, Devon

27 July

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