If I ever get convicted of a crime, I guess I need to make sure the judge knows I'm scared:
A ROOKIE drug dealer has been spared a jail sentence because of his fear of imprisonment.
Kym Sidney Tyrone O'Hara last week faced a 25-year prison term for selling $700 worth of ecstasy and methylamphetamine to friends at Port Lincoln in 2003 and 2004.
But Judge Barry Beazley said the "hard working and highly motivated" 22-year-old's "fear of imprisonment" and his sporting abilities would lead him to reassess his life.
If fear of prison is such a deterrent (and it should be), then shouldn't the judge want to amplify that fear, both in the current defendant and in every crook who hears about this case? By letting this guy off he is certainly not doing either. All he's done is told crooks that if they get caught, they should pretend to be really scared.