It’s a serious question. There are some crimes committed by 16 and 17 year olds so heinous that perhaps the death penalty is warranted. I strongly support giving prosecutors discretion when it comes to trying 16 and 17 year olds as adults depending on very rare and extreme circumstances. In my view, Arron Campbell would be an example that should be executed. The guilt is 100%, the evidence is 100%. The odds of him being innocent are estimated to be around 1/35 quadrillion or so. I don’t see what benefit there is depriving prosecutors from trying 16 and 17 year olds as adults. 16 and 17 year olds are minors as they are under 18, but they are a very different type of minor when compared to those who are 13, 12, or 10 or even 14. A 16 or 17 year old who commits such crimes bare far more responsibility than minors much younger. Arron Campbell KNEW exactly what he was doing. This was not an act out of immaturity of misunderstanding, but an act of premeditated rape and murder. Why he didn’t get 50-life is beyond me.
All under 18 are rightfully included in a protected class called being a minor. And it’s true that vast majority of minors, including most 16 and 17 year olds should be tried as minors. But when someone, 16 or 17 commits such a heinous crime, shows catastrophically lack of remorse, there should be no question they should be eligible to be tried as an adult. Society deserves protection. Crimes like rape and murder committed by 16 and 17 year olds should be eligible to be tried as an adult on a case by case basis. I won’t change my view on this.
I believe UK courts should allow for some 16 and 17 year olds to be tried as adults, and should face the death penalty by firing squad. This will not bring back the victims, but it will bring some measure of justice and closure to the victims family. And if that is the best we can do, so be it. We ought to place the rights victim’s family above the relinquished right of life of the sadistic child killer. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/killer-aaron-campbell-spends-18th-21986702