Crimes against the elderly should be treated in the same way as racist or homophobic hate crimes, a retired police inspector has claimed.
“The law regarding elderly vulnerable people needs changing,” said Mr Howard, of Farm Drive, Shirley.”In the case of racist or homophobic crimes, police are required to pursue whether this is the motive behind the crime.
“It is given a higher punishment because it’s classed as a hate crime.
“I would like to see the same apply to vulnerable elderly people.
“For example, this can be a vulnerable elderly person targeted because they are confused and therefore easier to con out of their life savings.
“If you look at some elderly people then they are as vulnerable as a six-month-old baby.”
So we would apply a strict rule of thumb that if you were above a certain age, this proposed law would kick in?
But the 71-year-old said the new legislation could not be introduced on a one-size-fits-all basis.
“I’m not saying every crime above a certain ageshould fall under the new act,” he explained.”If somebody asked for my bank PIN number I’d tell them to go away – it should be taken on an individual basis.”
And just how the hell is that supposed to work?!
Mr Howard said he had been trying to get the backing of politicians and church leaders – but so far his pleas have fallen on deaf ears.He said: “If this was about children and it was being opposed as ferociously as this, they would be drummed out of their positions. “
No. They wouldn’t. You cretin!
“About three years ago, while on Croydon Police Consultative Committee, I brought up the subject of why the elderly have no specific legislationprotecting them, as with racial or homophobic crimes.”I was told that there is, within the court system, a ‘memorandum of understanding’.
“I asked, if that was sufficient, why do the other offences require specific legislation?”
Ah, now you’re cooking with gas! They don’t.
So let’s scrap ‘em, not add to ‘em.