Peter John O’Neill, 61, a former teacher at Dominic College, Burnie High School and St Virgil’s College during the 1980s in Tasmania pled guilty to various child sex offences including one count of rape recently. However, as he is considered to be “morbidly obese” and generally of ill health he will not be imprisoned, but will receive a suspended sentence.
This is because O’Neill was tried in Canberra, where he now lives, but because of his massive size it is judged too expensive to transport him to Tasmania as a plane would need to be chartered for the job, at a cost of $25,000-$40,000. He can’t legally be jailed in the ACT for crimes committed outside its jurisdiction.
One of his victims (all boys) stated in court:
What happened to me as a child meant I’m not a whole person. As a survivor of abuse, I have to acknowledge that I’ve lost a lot. I quickly stopped believing in God and I stopped trusting authority.
The solution to this kind of problem is fairly simple: the death penalty. In a sane, just society, not the clown world one we currently endure, the rape of a child would automatically warrant execution of the offender. For O’Neill, as he did not kill his victims, the execution should be carried out in a humane way, much like putting down a sick animal. For offenders who kill their victims, other, more slow and creative methods of execution should be employed.