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Does anyone think it is still justified that a dying man called Ronnie Biggs is still incarcerated in Belmarsh or does the traditional British sense of mercy and fair play not apply anymore?
I realise this is a question with many, many sides. But friends of mine and I have been divided on this today. I know what I think. I'd like your views, no matter how diverse.
asked in justice, humanity, crime

Messerwisser answers:

I suppose it is "The Great Train Robber" you are talking about.
Not an easy case. But I know too little.

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Reckless19 answers:

Very very tough question. Personally, I can't come to a conclusion to whether he should be released or not. As you've mentioned, he is a dying man and he serves very little threat to the community if he was to be released.

The other side to the argument is that he still has around 25 years of his jail term to be served and if he was to be released, it would basically say to prisoners 'Escape from prison, hand yourself in when you're and old man and very ill, we'll feel sorry for you and let you go again'.

But the guy was a bit of a genius. Escaping to Australia, then travelling to Brazil, having a child in Brazil which meant the Brazilian authorities would not allow him to be extradited, as well as sneaking back into the Coutry several times in disguise.

It would be a shame for him to die in Prison.

Supplement from 04/06/2007 05:59pm:

I think the least the Prison service or whoever should do is allow him to be transferred to a more open prison. He doesn't deserve to be in the highest security prison in England along with the likes of Abu Hamza and such.

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u-know-me answers:

I guess in some ways he did serve his time when he went on the run.
But no matter he committed a crime. He should be let out to die with his family. With today laws, Murderers who done more henious crimes than he did, are let out after only a few years. (and in those cases Life should mean Life and never ever to be let out again.)
Its a double edged sword this question, there are no right or wrong answers for this.

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osbertonbowls answers:

Well, I am no fan of the police and judiciary, and in all honesty it doesnt take a genius to make them look fools, and as consummate supporter of fair play and the underdog I find it hard to conjure up any sympathy for Mr Biggs. He took part in an audacious crime, escaped from custody and set up home in far-flung place and lived a life of Riley. Remember, the train driver never had such good fortune - he died as an indirect result of his injuries.
Further - Ronnie Biggs was supposedly on his death-bed when he finally gave himself up eh mmm how many years has he been on there now? The authorities are rightly not going tolet him hoodwink them again are they?

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w.j.flywheel answers:

I really have thought about this long and hard and the only thing I can really say is that the care he gets where he is is probably more than equal to the care he would get as an OAP in the outside world.

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