Sunday, September 23, 2012

Home Secretary says death penalty would not have prevented officer deaths and insists fewer killers would be convicted if it returns...Maybe start slowly by stop allowing Murderers out on BAIL

Home Secretary Theresa May moved yesterday to damp down calls for a return of the death penalty after the murder of Manchester policewomen Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone.

The callous killing of the two PCs, aged 23 and 32 respectively, led to demands for capital punishment, abolished in 1965, to be restored.

The calls were supported last week by Paul Beshenivsky, widowed husband of PC Sharon Beshenivsky, who was shot dead in Bradford in 2005.

They receive further qualified backing in a new Mail on Sunday poll.

But Mrs May told this newspaper last night that the death penalty would not have prevented the killing of PCs Hughes and Bone.

‘The murder of Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone was a callous and cowardly act,’ she said. ‘But I do not believe in the death penalty, and I do not believe that the death penalty would have acted as a deterrent in this case.’

Nor did Mrs May think arming more police would help. Read More