"If that is what it takes for the judge to know my son is not a threat to society, then it's a good thing." So says Veronica Henwood, after learning that her son is going to undergo court-ordered psychiatric testing.
After all, Ms. Henwood's son is actually a good boy. Yes, indeed. No threat to society at all. His own defense counsel even said that his behaviour in pre-trial custody "has been exemplary" and he's really, really sorry.
Tyrel Kurt Henwood, 22, has "pleaded guilty to beating an 18-year-old sex-trade worker with a field-hockey stick and living on the proceeds of a 14-year-old's prostitution" just like all good boys who are not a threat to society.
And it could have been worse for the young Mr. Henwood, soon to be nominated for citizen of the year. No doubt his vocation as a pimp will merit a sizeable government grant to boot. After all, Tyrell Kurt Henwood was only "initially charged with luring a teenage girl into prostitution, Internet luring, human trafficking and more in connection with the 14-year-old, who previously lived with her mother in a city on the mainland."
So, when this issue was voted upon a year ago in parliament, who was it again who opposed raising the age of consent from 14 to 16?