Tim BlairÂ â€“Â
Lawyers sometimes wonder why they’re held in low public esteem. Perhaps they should consider the arguments offered by Sydney lawyer Clive Steirn in defending aÂ multiple rapist:Â
Taxi driver Hassan Nagi should not receive a harsh sentence for raping three women as he suffered a condition called “Don Juanism” which made him addicted to sex, his barrister said yesterday.
Clive Steirn SC also urged a District Court judge to spare the sex predator a “crushing” sentence becauseÂ he never bashed his victims while he was raping them.
“There was no gratuitous violence.Â None of the women was physically harmed. It’s an important consideration,” he said.Â
The judge’s response: “He doesn’t get rewarded for not belting them.” Good, although it shouldn’t need saying. Further from Steirn, who seems to have emerged from the 17th century:Â
Mr Steirn said Nagi â€“ who has pleaded guilty to raping female passengers in 2003, 2006 and 2007 â€“ was merely being “opportunistic” and should be punished “at the lower end of the spectrum”.
“He’s taken advantage of their extreme states of intoxication to carry out the offences,” he said.
“In terms of driving a cab over many years,Â he had ample opportunity to commit other types of offences”.Â
This is offered in mitigation. In 2009. Seriously. Do continue, Mr Steirn:Â
“It cannot be said he is a serial offender. These areÂ three separate episodes over five years.”Â
Three rapes in five years? That’s aÂ definitionÂ of a serial offender. Nagi should be jailed for life. About Clive Steirn, I really don’t know what to say.Â
- Sheik yer’mami sez: three rapes is all we know about. How many more did this creature rape who didn’t come forward because they felt humiliated and shamed?
- Newsflash:Â Doctors group: Rape is common against Darfur women