Back in August, we shared a story about a crazy homophobe in Australia who put acid in a lubricant dispenser at a gay bar with the intention of causing harm to the patrons of the establishment. Now, following a controversial trial and despite clear malice, the culprit is getting no jail time.
Lawyers and psychologists argued that 62-year-old Hengky Irawan is mentally ill and that the incident was an “irrational, uncharacteristic episode.” They maintained that Irawan does not hate gay people but felt excluded by them during a recent trip to a sauna. Prosecutor Nathan Blatch offered a counter argument: This is a “textbook example of motivation for hatred of people ... “[He] knows it to be a place where sexual intercourse takes place."
Magistrate Beverley Schurr ultimately sentenced Irawan to "two years of good behavior bond" which is the equivalent of probation. Her argument was that because Irawan's acts were detected before anyone was harmed he does not deserve punishment (what?!). Also, she emphasized that she sympathized with his feelings of being excluded (whaaaaat?!).
“It was directed towards patrons at the nightclub because he felt aggrieved about being kicked out earlier in the year,” she said. “Not about their sexual orientation … angry about being excluded himself.”
I didn't realize Australia's criminal justice system was as broken as America's. Who knew?
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