Well, did we expect anything else?
Another female killer gets a slap on the wrist from Australia’s Criminal Courts.
It seems the loss of a man’s life is simply unworthy of a meaningful jail sentence.
Jian Chen, a mother of two who cut off part of her former lover’s penis and flushed it down the toilet has been sentenced to a remarkably soft three years and nine months jail-term.
I am sure that the mother and father of her victim will now be asking why their son’s life was worth less than 4 years jail-time.
The incident unfolded as the self-confessed killer prepared dinner for her victim, Jin Xiang Peng, where she allegedly first came up with the idea of spiking his soup in order to make him unconscious, and then cutting off his penis.
When Peng awoke several hours later Chen bound his hands and feet and stabbed him a number of times in the neck and groin before attempting to cut off his penis and to castrate him.
As a result he had lacerations to his groin and his penis had been scalped.
However in quite a remarkable statement, the judge said the act was not premeditated, despite admitting that Chen had thought for hours about what she would do.
I wonder if the likes of Phil Cleary and others like him at the NSW parliamentary inquiry into provocation are listening. They are trying to remove any defence for men against provoked violence. Perhaps they should be focussing on these types of miscarriages of justice too, if they are genuine in their attempt to create better laws for all concerned, which I seriously doubt.
So is this just a rare one-off case that should be considered an aberration?
The answer is no.
Look at the below case, of the yet to be tried US woman, who many believe will also get to walk.
Catherine Kieu Becker, with malice of forethought, drugged her husband, restrained him on his bed, waited until he woke up and only then, when he was conscious, severed his penis with a kitchen knife. She then destroyed the severed organ using the kitchen garbage disposal unit. Her husband attracted this violent dismemberment by admitting that he sought a divorce. When the police arrived, Ms. Becker informed the police that her now emasculated and hemorrhaging, soon to be ex-husband, deserved it.
And what about a case closer to home.
AN Adelaide woman who snapped and killed her cheating husband by setting him on fire has walked from court with only a suspended sentence.
Rajini Narayan, 46, was found guilty of the manslaughter of 47-year-old Satish Narayan after being tried for his murder.
In the Supreme Court of South Australia today, Justice John Sulan sentenced her to six years in jail with a non-parole period of four years for the death of her husband in December 2008.
He suspended her sentence saying there was good reason to do so and that her husband’s conduct was a mitigating factor.
Good reason to do so?
Oh yes of course, she is a female. That seems to be reason enough for the Courts to let killers walk these days.
And back to Chen for the moment. Why did she get such a short sentence? Well because the Judge accepted that she was ‘temporarily’ insane when she committed the crime.
Miraculously, she is no longer insane. It was a temporary thing that only lasted as long as the crime.
Justice Schmidt found Chen’s bizarre beliefs were founded by a long-time underlying depressive illness such that her “capacity to understand events, or to judge whether her actions were right or wrong, or to control herself, were substantially impaired”.
However, Justice Schmidt said “her illness does not excuse what she has done” and she needed to be punished with jail time.
Yes of course Judge, so let’s give her just a few years behind bars, just as a pretence that she did not get away with it.