Any views on this? WW2 veteran, 98, dies from injuries while being robbedWatch
"Second World War veteran Peter Gouldstone, 98, who was injured during a violent robbery at his home in north London last month, has died, the Metropolitan Police said.
He had been attacked in his home in Enfield, north London, on November 6 and was left suffering severe injuries including two bleeds to the brain and extensive bruising on his body.
It made my blood boil when I read this article, this man fought and risked his life to ensure the freedom of the people of the 21th century including the ones of the thugs who attacked him are protected and how do these thugs show their respects? Oh yeah let's go, beat him up and rob his house.
Burglaries are increasing in London, heck they even managed to reach my own neighbourhood but I am yet to be robbed. A more tougher approach needs to be in place for these thugs
U-P : Lost for words. Gutted. Incandescant. But sadly, in today`s climate, not exactly surprised either. As the son of a father who was in the same often overlooked and glossed over Italian theatre of operations in World War 2 - the toughest, most destructive and costly in terms of blood and treasure in the west, in which a multinational, multilingual Allied force was up against some of the most experienced and hardened German troops around, many who had been drafted back from the savage combat of the Russian Front : such as the Fallschirmjager (Paratroopers) and the detested and feared in equal measure Waffen SS, including the ruthless 16th Division, with a reputation for bloodletting even among their own, operating a scorched earth policy retreating northward ahead of the Allies murdering up to 2,500 Italian civilians in three months in doing so- and know how it affected him, I can only empathise and offer my sincerest condolences to his son and family who must be completely heartbroken at this time.
What those who did this need to remember- if they even have enough mindset to do so - is to reflect that when he was around their age, in his late teens-early twenties, the best years of his life were being taken up risking life and limb as has been said before, to ensure the freedom they have and certainly don`t deserve today.
Picture, then, the twenty-three old Peter Gouldstone who as a signaller was probably embedded with a front line infantry unit out on the mountainside at night of the man-made hell of Monte Cassino in 1944, for which he was mentioned of in dispatches, running or repairing communication lines or hidden up with a forward artillery spotter with every possibility of being bumped by a German patrol - and as a Jew it doesn`t take much imagination to realise what would have become of him : or not knowing if he would tread on an anti-personnel mine, purposely designed not to kill outright but to maim first ( one type was made to blow a foot off, the other to cause horrific injuries at groin height). And this aside from mortar bomb and shell explosions made even more lethal in many parts of Italy by the hard rocky hillsides and ground.
For what- to have his life ended like this? And to a country where stabbings have become almost resigned commonplace headlines?
To get some inkling of what Peter Gouldstone and his ilk had to contend with, I would suggest reading "Ten Armies In Hell" ( Dr. Peter Caddick- Adams) and "Italy`s Sorrow " ( James Holland). For those of you resident in Hertfordshire, Welwyn Garden City Library normally has both copies on their shelves, or they can be requested through the library service or bought from the usual outlets like Amazon.
These sort of heinous criminals deserve murder convictions with mandatory life sentences in category a prisons with no luxury or entertainment provisions.
Life sentences that carry an unequivocal crystal clear message of never to be released except to the undertaker guarantee.
I've lost count of the number of violent robberies in England where the victim has been savagely murdered in their own homes or prosecuted for trying to thwart career criminals attempts to rob them of their possessions.
Usually vulnerable, law abiding people who have spent their lives working hard and doing their utmost to improve the lives of others.
The William Newberry and Tony Martin decisions gave rise to terrible precedents that sent out the wrong message to society- serving only to emboldened burglars, fuel a wave of brazen violent criminality and strike a devastating plow at the core of British justice.
Criminal justice policy needs some drastic redistribution to ensure public safety, protect victims and punish the most vile of felons.
Lady Justice's scales urgently need some re-balancing to protect society from the worst of criminals, ensure that the sentence fits the crime and restore credibility to the justice system.