Grief and anger could do more harm than good

It’s understandable that the case of Mick Eccles’ death has caused so much pain and anguish.

And it’s understandable that the anger will boil over and that people want to have their say.

But the comments by some on Facebook could be counterproductive.

By naming the 15-year-old accused on the social networking sites, those who are demanding justice could put the entire process in jeopardy.

He can’t be named for valid reasons under British law and until the court of this land has convicted him he is still innocent. Yes, people may have concrete knowledge of the situation and know the inside track on the whole sorry incident. But if it such a cut and dry case then justice will prevail and those behind the attacks will suffer the burden – physically and mentally – of what they have done for the rest of their lives.

We’re lucky to live in a society where mob rule isn’t the norm. To put the case in jeopardy because of a loose tongue would be scandalous.

Let the justice system operate. If we’re not happy with it afterwards, that is the time to speak out, not before.

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Founder of LichfieldLive and editor of the site.