Two North West girls were strangled to death, their deaths made to look like suicides.
Given of course we're already talking about a criminal justice system which effectively says to the accused: you're on trial for your life; if we find you guilty we're going to kill you. Given this - and everything that may go with it (concocted or withheld evidence, highly political cases, bungled trials, disparities between the imposition of a death sentence in one case and not in another almost identical one, and so on and so on), does it even matter which method they use? I'd say no, not really. They're all inhumane in principle. The practice is simply another layer of inhumanity, to a greater or lesser degree.
Britons don't fair well when it comes to space. Our homes are half the size they were than in the 1920s, according to the
Politicised show trials, error-strewn and near-racist courtrooms, mistakes corrected decades after the fact, ethically indefensible overlaps between judicial and medical protocols, ghoulishly botched attempted executions... all these and more are actually fairly typical of the 21st-century death penalty, not rare aberrations.
On Thursday 12 December Bangladesh hanged the Islamic leader, Abdul Quader Mollah, despite pleas from, among others, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. CNN reported that two UN human rights experts called on Bangladesh to halt the execution "because of concerns that Mollah did not receive a fair trial".
If we as a country brought back the death penalty, what of the risk of wrongful convictions? Could you live with the thought of being a juror who ended up sending an innocent man to his death? I certainly couldn't that's for sure.
After the post lay vacant despite being advertised for 12 years, Zimbabwe has appointed a new hangman. The appointment has
Scots comedienne Janey Godley's daughter Ashley Storrie has decided to take up comedy again, after a gap of about 11 years (depending on how you calculate it). Ashley got her first acting part at the age of three as 'the wee girl in the metal tea urn' in the movie Alabama.
Life moves fast. It often moves too fast to take a step back and consider how this is affecting our lives or that of our
Wales football manager Gary Speed described his wife and children as the thing he "cherished the most" in a poignant interview
European Parliament's delegation for relations with Iran is planning to pay a five-day visit to Tehran at the end of this
Has the level of informed debate in this country really fallen so low? Are we, as a nation, so driven by thoughts of revenge that we can't think through the consequences of irrational decision making?
The rope tempts us to think of simple solutions to complicated questions of crime and punishment. Let it also bring us to a discussion of better ways to reform, punish and protect.
Nearly 42-years after execution was officially abolished in the UK, and 47 years since Peter Anthony Allen and Gwynne Owen
The 'common sense' narrative on capital punishment may appeal to the visceral sense of revenge and 'justice' that naturally resides in most people, but the pragmatic truth is that it is an impractical and dangerous step backwards.