If there is a crown counsel out there who can explain to me why no jail time is being asked for in the sentencing of Port Coquitlam Mayor Scott Young, jump in here anytime, because this one screams teach this guy a lesson, and send a message to everyone that public officials must answer for their actions just like everyone else. Jesus, what the hell does this announcement say to guys like this everywhere? If a mayor can get away with no jail time, so can I. But hey, nothing new about that – it’s been going on for years.
I find it ironic that even after all the cases of domestic violence in the last year, many of which have come to dramatic and violent conclusions, this case will more than likely end up with a conditional sentence. You get the idea- Scott Young will have to be a good boy for X amount of time, carry no weapons, stay away from alcohol,perhaps attend some anger management courses, check in with his P.O. every so often, but carry on with life otherwise.
Perhaps I’m jaded, and I’ll even go as far as to admit I’m biased because of my own personal experiences with this type of behavior, but to hear that no jail time will be sought screams a contradictory message to victims and offenders alike about all the recent changes called for in handling of domestic violence incidents.
I’ve heard the argument that this doesn’t qualify as domestic assault because the relationship has been previously terminated by the victim. If that makes you feel better somehow, about how this is going down, so be it, but the facts tell us otherwise. Frankly, I’m sick of hearing about how alcohol and emotional scarring from his daughters death led this man down a road that ended in harassment and beating. The 911 recording is graphic, and paints a picture of Mayor Scott Young in a completely out of control state. He broke a restraining order to go over to that home. what does that say? He doesn’t even respect the system that was trying to prevent this from happening. He was charged with break and enter. His resentment and anger at the victim and her friend are starkly obvious. He resisted arrest when police arrived, and oddly enough, when the officers who attended finally searched his person, it was discovered that the the good mayor was carrying around two length of rope, one in each of his pockets….
Now, only Scott Young knows exactly what was on Scott Youngs mind when he went over to that house on the evening of the assaults.
Perhaps none of us will ever know what his true intentions were as he entered the home without permission.
But you tell me why a drunken, emotionally enraged man carries around two separate lengths of rope in his pockets when he goes to break into his ex-girlfriends house, the woman whom he had already demonstrated controlling and obsessive behavior with throughout the volatile relationship. Behavior that, in any domestic assault manual, will tell you are conclusive indicators and predictors of future violence.
Yes, I’ve heard the routine firsthand in a courtroom myself. I’ll even tell you what the defense is going to say during his pre-sentencing submissions.
It will go like this. Mayor Scott Young is an upstanding citizen and served his community well ; many letters of character will be brought forth from friends and colleagues alike and his tragic past concerning his daughter and his alcohol abuse will be touched on with the statement that he sought help on his own to deal with it – blah, blah , blah, and he will top it all off with the assertion that it was a heat of the moment crime, not premeditated. The good mayor has learned his lesson, and apologizes to the victim and the community, with deep regret and contrition, for all of this. Oh, so noble, so, so, bloody gosh darn noble of him.
Bullshit, on all accounts. Being a mayor and having served your community well isn’t an allowance for crimes committed. Having great friends who support you doesn’t excuse it either, nor does the tragedies hes experienced in his own life.
We all have tragedies we are forced to live and deal with- we all have crosses to bear in life, but that doesn’t mean we all go around displaying violent and crazy behavior. It takes a certain person to be able to do what he did, and it takes a certain mindset to even behave the way he did before the assaults, and neither fact should be overlooked.
What exactly does a politician have to do to be prosecuted, and truly face some consequences? And why is it that the oath taken when being sworn into a public position doesn’t include the line, “ to maintain my professional and personal life in an exemplary manner, beholden to the public position and example I represent. “ ? How about adding in there, ” I understand that any involvement in activities that results in criminal charges or prosecution, will result in my immediate removal from office until resolved, and should I be found guilty of those criminal charges, my tenure will end without further notice.”
It seems that only makes sense in the World According to Laila. To allow Mayor Scott Young to remain in office following a criminal conviction of assault and breach of conditions is a smack in the face of both victims in this case, and a mockery to the office and position of Mayor.
Speaks volumes to the rights of criminals in this country of ours, doesn’t it?