Jail is just the start of punishment in Scottish gang execution ruling – Jane Hamilton


Do the crime, do the time. In other words, you’ve been caught, take your punishment and move on (usually straight to jail).

In most cases, this overly flippant phrase was uttered when discussing low-level criminal acts and, as almost every Scottish child knows, it was seized upon by harassed parents with warnings that if we behave evil, the punishment would be swift and severe.

Don’t do this if you don’t want to be caught and punished, or words to that effect.

In criminal terms, that meant jail and then rehabilitation and hopefully a normal life on the outside with no offense even for those serving so-called life sentences because, let’s face it, as we’ve already discussed previously, life does not mean life when it comes to Scottish phrases.

Kenny Reilly was murdered in Glasgow’s Maryhill area in April 2018

But when the court copy was released this week, informing us that two killers convicted of gang executions had been hit with Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPOs) or “super ASBOs,” I didn’t couldn’t help but think that “making time” in some cases is roughly translated as “the punishment is permanent”.

Darren Eadie, 30, and John Kennedy, 41, were among four men convicted last month of the murder of Kenny Reilly in Maryhill, Glasgow, on April 16, 2018.

Ross Fisher, 30, and were also jailed for life after being found guilty at trial. Kennedy was sentenced to serve at least 26 years for the shooting, while Eadie Junior was sentenced to 24 years.

The prosecutors did not stop there, they then intervened to obtain the SCPOs which will make it possible to monitor and restrict the movements and the lives of Eadie and Kennedy upon their release from prison.

This is the first time the Crown Office has made such a move in a life-sentence case.

The details are sketchy. I don’t assume the Crown wants to reveal their ace cards before playing them, but it is understood that the order allows them to restrict the money a criminal can access upon release.

Bingo! Hit them where it hurts – straight into the pocket. It will show them. We all know that money makes the world of organized crime go round, but wait a second – Eadie and Kennedy aren’t getting out of jail tomorrow. They are for the long haul.

A lot can change in six months, let alone 24 or 26 years. Loyalties and associations, monetary values ​​go up and down and given the current situation, none of us know what the world will look like in 24 years.

I understand that the Crown wants to ensure that criminals cannot exploit loopholes in the law and use it to their advantage when they are released. Great too, but come on – there’s nipping it in the bud and getting ahead of yourself.

The ‘untouchables’ have always been a pain in the proverbial for law enforcement – it angered many cops and prosecutors for decades that there was a part of the criminal fraternity they couldn’t break .

They know they can never rid the world of organized crime, so punching holes in their operations and thwarting the activities is the best they can do.

Disruption is the name of the game and it seems to have the desired effect for a while until the kingpins find other ways to conduct a merry dance.

However, in this particular case it appears the Crown Office spoke of ‘struggle’ and demonstration in case someone disregards the warnings.

The message being – we have the power now and we are not afraid to use it. Even if we have to wait a quarter of a century.

The lead is the best in the country

Spring is almost upon us and we will soon see cute baby lambs bouncing around the countryside.

But when you walk your dog, keep him on a leash. Worried sheep, even by accident, can land you a fine of up to £4,000 and a farmer with a distressed, injured or dead animal.

Fingers crossed for cold deals

Cold cases are a particularly interesting aspect of my job, so it’s encouraging to see two cases that have featured fairly regularly in my career returning to the top of the police agenda.

The 1984 disappearance and murder of Marion Hodge in Dumfriesshire and the 2004 murder of Nairn banker Alasdair Wilson are both being re-investigated.

Alasdair was shot outside his door by a mysterious assailant.

Police Scotland have an excellent track record of solving historic cases, so I am quietly optimistic they will be successful. However, I couldn’t help but feel slightly uneasy when they made a bold statement the other day regarding Wilson’s murder.

They reviewed the evidence on the killer’s description and found the age range was “too narrow” and extended it to 20-40 instead of 30-40. This puts the shooter in the mid to late 30s to 60s. now.

Isn’t that half the male population of Scotland?

In all fairness, they inherited a mess of an original investigation and it will take some methodical work to sift through. Fingers crossed, both surveys yield results for families.


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