Someone said :
Don't expect anyone to agree with me on here but I think it's ridiculous sentencing that company director, Gareth Hopkins, to 15 years (last two suspended) for importing cocaine. I say this in light of the sentences given out for rape, manslaughter and other violent crime for example just listening to the case of Brian Shaughnessy who just got 6 years (last year suspended) for raping one of his employees. The guy I'm talking about has a degree from Trinity, has been a director of several companies and presumably employs people, it's not like he's a career criminal. Even if he got only 5 years I'm sure he wouldn't reoffend. Plus he's only 33 and has a small child, it doesn't serve any purpose to lock him away for 13-15 years, he'll be irreversibly damaged by then. And what about the child, that's his life ruined.
He could hardly have been less involved in this. It took detailed planning and he was at the heart of it. The fact that he's an old Trinity boy should have nothing to do with it, or are lengthy sentences only for working class criminals ?
The comparison with the rape sentencing is less valid than that of those caught in the sea off west Cork a few years ago and who got,as far as I remember, much longer sentences.The child could be much better off without having a scumbag like that in his life.