I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I’ve started so I may as well finish. The UK justice system is an absolute shambles. Not only has Jon Venables been able to rack up a bill costing millions of pounds to the tax payer, but the thug, 30 year old James Yates, who supplied the gun that killed Rhys Jones, has been released, after convincing the parole board he is no longer a threat to society.

On that evening, 11 year old Rhys Jones, or Little Boy Blue, was walking home from football practice just a few minutes from his home when he was fatally shot and killed. Although it wasn’t Yates that pulled the trigger, he did provide and hide the gun, making him equally as guilty for the murder of the boy.

The story rocked and shocked the nation, how a young boy could be shot walking home in broad daylight not only baffles but infuriates many, with many people bating for blood.

Once again, like Venables, Yates has a criminal record longer than my arms and legs combined and is completely unemployable, with drug convictions, weapon convictions, theft, GBH and anything else you can imagine. It won’t be long until he’s back in prison. Hopefully next time, it will be for life.

Yates was hauled before the courts after being released for drugs charges, yet the trial collapsed because witnesses were too scared to testify, such was the depravity and deplored actions he is willing to take to intimidate and control his victims.

It’s not scaremongering when I say this, but cold hard facts. The streets are no longer safe, and the police are powerless to do anything. Vigilantes are going to see an uprising, and unfortunately, no one will win, because ultimately, those trying to clean the mess up are the ones that get imprisoned.

And eye for an eye doesn’t work. But then again, neither does the criminal justice system. I accept that people can be rehabilitated, and can go on to do great things, but some people are beyond reproach, and are actually more dangerous upon leaving prison, be that through making new connections, getting into drugs, or taking on contracts for ‘hits’ upon release.

It’s a scary world that we live in, and the UK appears to be turning into a complex maze of ghettos, with drugs, violent crime and gangs being common place.

Whatever happened to the UK? Our strong moral compass? Our concept of ‘The pen is mightier than the Sword’? Being able to argue without it coming to blows? We seem to have gone back in evolution while the rest of the world moves forward.

I hope that for Rhys’ family, someone finds Yates, and instils on him just a fraction of the pain that Rhys’ family must endure every day for the rest of their days.

Nothing will bring Rhys back, but justice should be done, and it most certainly hasn’t been done in this case.

Published by Sara O'Connell

A passionate photographer from Arizona, Sara enjoys art and culture.