Was there ever a more pointless, purely punitive, prison sentence than the one handed down at Bristol crown court yesterday to a woman who killed her partner in a drink-fuelled accident? Caroline Broad, 41, was jailed for three years for causing the death by dangerous driving of her fiancee, Christopher Phillips.
Nobody should drink and drive and to cause a death by doing so can never be taken lightly. But when the main sufferers of the tragedy are the offender and her children – including a nine-year-old (now bereft of a mother, as well as a father-figure), who or what is served by inflicting further pain on this family?
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