Mailbox: Moved by judge's compassion

Mailbox: Moved by judge's compassion

I was moved by the judge's words of encouragement for a man convicted of spitting at two women ("Man in spitting case jailed 5 weeks"; March 22).

The judge said: "I want to see, after three years, that you are living a normal, good productive life.

"I hope to see all this - you are doing well, suitable job, doing well outside, no trouble, no offences. At least come back here and look for me then."

Judges can be just and compassionate at the same time, and I hope all Singaporeans will be inspired to be as compassionate and forgiving.

Once sentence is passed and justice is meted out, we should focus on rehabilitation and empower offenders to move on with their heads held high.

Ron Tan Huilun

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