IDS condemns the punishment of the British public schoolboy in Singapore, but people are safer there
Jayden Moodie, 14, who died in a & ghastly & # 39; targeted attack when three men rammed a car against his moped and then pierced him several times
The news that Ye Ming Yuen, born in London, will be whipped for drug offenses committed in Singapore, will strike most people as archaic and barbaric. In addition to his 20-year prison sentence, the 29-year-old will be stripped, tied to a wooden table and beaten 24 times.
Yesterday's criticism by foreign minister Jeremy Hunt is both welcome and justified. Such punishments belong in the dark ages.
But for all its unacceptable barbarism, it is nevertheless a sign of how serious they take the issue of drug damage. It also shows how weak and fragmentary our policies and enforcement are.
Indeed, the cold-blooded murder of Jayden Moodie, 14, was a reminder of the destruction and chaos that are pushing through our society.
The revelation of Mail on Sunday that judges convict teenagers for dealing with class A drugs as a slap on the wrist & # 39; instead of serious custodial sentences, a major shortcoming has been brought to light – one that feeds the chaos that turns the land of our country into a gangster paradise.
Young teens are lured, then held in gangs – and in some cases killed in cold blood on our streets.
It is utterly objectionable that Singapore uses such an outdated physical punishment, but it must be borne in mind that teenagers are not stabbed to death in the streets of Singapore.
Indeed, the city's harsh approach to crime and punishment has made it the second safest city in the world after Tokyo.
And in many other cities with a clear attitude towards drugs policy, such as Singapore, far fewer teenagers are murdered in their streets.
Other countries that live much closer to home, such as Sweden, show a zero tolerance approach aimed at prevention and treatment, which we can learn from. And we must learn. Violent – and often drug – related crime is increasing again in Great Britain.
A large part of the London mesepidemie last year, in which the murder rate in the capital rose to the highest level for a decade, was related to an increase in drug gangs. It is estimated that gangs are responsible for as much as half of all crime of crime with injury, 60 percent of the shootings and 29 percent of the reported sexual exploitation of children.
A large part of the London mesepidemie last year, in which the murder rate in the capital had risen to the highest level for a decade, was related to an increase in the gang fatality of drugs
It is time that our approach to tackling violent crime changes. First, we have to arrange our police work. We should not be afraid to stop & search & # 39; to use – however much there is controversy.
It is true that anxiety about racism is often cited to discredit stop and search based on incorrect and inflated statistics. But what is more worrying to her critics is that young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who are not white, are on average six times more likely to be shot dead or stabbed than white youth of the same age. These are devastating statistics.
Combined with intelligence-based community-based policing, stopping and searching is a powerful weapon in the fight against the plague of knife crime. And communities want it. Polling of Londoners by the Center for Social Justice last summer supported the power of more than 90 percent, and held more than two-thirds, even in non-white communities.
But stopping and searching is not enough in itself. Our criminal justice system is one of the oldest and best in the world, but it does not mean that we can not significantly improve in the way we deal with criminals.
Although there would be little enthusiasm to imitate the barbaric sentence in Singapore, we also know that many of the warnings and fines imposed here for small drug offenses do not help here.
We need to do more to reform what is often an inefficient waste of time for courts, police and offenders.
Such an idea, which is currently being examined by the Center for Social Justice – which I helped to set up – is a practice used in Sweden; where the perpetrator has the choice to take the criminal route or the rehabilitation route.
For example the use of a drug awareness course, similar to a speed awareness course. Those who are found with small amounts of cannabis should pay to spend time in an addiction center. It would give them a gruesome view of the possible consequences of their actions. In fact, we need to get children out of the grip of gangs and to schools.
The brutal murder of Jayden last week points to the crisis we face. It is now time to take action to take control of our streets to save more young lives
Finally, and above all, we have to go back to the cause of much of this problem and tackle the nettle in case of a thorny problem: family dropout.
For some reason my colleagues in Parliament and Westminster thinkers are afraid to address the issue of which Great Britain is world leader. Well, normal people are not.
The scourge of fatherlessness sustains a series of violent crimes, as young men seek identity and are members of gangs when they find no home.
And then of course we have to adjust the criminal policy, so that our courts take the matter seriously.
We can not continue with a situation in which the police do its best to remove criminals from our streets and yet be disappointed by the court that hands the blows on the wrist to serious offenders.
Until our courts start issuing sentences that reflect the seriousness of the committed crime, more young blood will be spilled on our streets.
The brutal murder of Jayden last week points to the crisis we face. It is now time to take action to take control of our streets to save more young lives.
Father of British public schoolboy faces 24 lashes in Singapore before the drug trade begs for mercy
From Jonathan Bucks
The parents of a former public schoolboy with a flogging and a 20-year prison sentence in Singapore have pleaded for the annulment of the sentence on the basis of reduced responsibility.
In a very emotional interview with The Mail on Sunday, the father of the London-born Ye Ming Yuen (29) claimed that his son had a nervous breakdown before his arrest. had by adding: & # 39; The court should therefore not find Ming guilty by reducing responsibility. & # 39;
Ming, a former learner at £ 37,000-per-year Westminster School, has been sentenced to 24 strokes of the walking stick for repeated trafficking & # 39;
The former public schoolboy Ye Ming Yuen (29) is confronted with flogging and has 20 years in prison in Singapore
His father Alex Yuen, 70, said: "I think he turned to drugs because he was put under great pressure at the private school.
& # 39; It was very competitive and they pushed the students a lot. I think he felt pressured, so instead he went with the wrong crowd. He did a lot of things because he wanted acceptance. Instead of realizing his talents, being recognized and accepted for what he could achieve, he became a slave to pleasing other people, and that is why he did the things he did. & # 39;
He added, however, that his son's drug use only began after he left school.
Last night, Mr. Yuen spoke of his fear that his son would be violently attacked in Changi Prison.
& # 39; If you ask me, I would be surprised if I receive a message tomorrow that next month that he was put in prison, I would say of course not. It is surprising that he has not been, "he said. And the mother of the former top club DJ Melina Yuen added: "We did not even have the opportunity to say goodbye. There is no family support and he is so far away.
A prison officer demonstrates the stick seizure procedure on a dummy in Changi Prison in Singapore. Michael Fay was insane for committing vandalism in Singapore
"He gives a very brave face, but he speaks to me like his mother and I know how he feels.
& # 39; He is very worried. & # 39;
Singapore refused to come in, so I could not see my son in prison there, & # 39; said his father, a businessman. "He is really a nice guy, but he is a fool.
& # 39; The reason he got this monster sentence was because the prosecutor tried to make it clear that he was ignorant and had no respect for the law.
& # 39; Both Ming and I know that he has committed an offense. He just can not understand how he got such a long sentence. "Ming has been convicted of several drug offenses, including one of 69 g of cannabis and another of 60 g.
Initially he had to deal with the death penalty, but the compensation for capital fell because the net weight of the drugs was less than 500 g.
His punishment will be imposed by a trained hunter & # 39; who learns how to cause the most painful pain.
Ming is naked stripped and tied to a big wooden goat, then his buttocks are flogged 24 times with a 4ft long rattan stick.
The case has led to a diplomatic break between the United Kingdom and Singapore, which has some of the heaviest drug laws in the world. Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt and his officials made it clear that they "strongly against the use of corporal punishment". to be.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it & # 39; a British man and his family assist since his arrest in Singapore in 2016.
Soft touch Great Britain: judges feed mesendeepidemie by leaving drug dealers without a scot
From Martin Beckford
Gentle penalties passed on to drug dealers and violent criminals by judges drive the gang violence that engages Great Britain.
A devastating government-funded report tells how young pushers and knives with knife drive are knocked off with a "slap on the wrist", whereby the message is sent that the consequences of drug trafficking and violence are minimal & # 39; 39 ;.
In a shocking exposition of Wild West Britain, the study also shows how:
The merciless bosses of the gangs now turn to middle-class children to sell drugs for them;
They keep an eye on their soldiers using tracking apps for mobile phones;
lDealers offer two-for-one & # 39; deals and & # 39; prize lotteries & # 39; to make more people addicted to heroin and crack cocaine;
Children are being sold addictive anti-anxiety drug Xanax in order to calm their nerves & # 39; before the exams.
lThe attendees are encouraged to search for knives in their children's bedrooms.
The findings were sent to MPs by the Violence and Vulnerability Unit, set up to address the growing problem of County Lines & # 39; gangs that send young people to sell drugs in provincial towns.
The report was submitted to the Home Affairs Select Committee's investigation into serious violence, launched last year when the fear grew for a Wild West Britain, where stabbings, robberies and murders became commonplace in cities.
There were 134 murders in London in 2018 alone, making it the bloodiest year for a decade, and since the New Year there are five more victims, including 14-year-old Jayden Moodie.
Last night, former child minister Tim Loughton, who is a member of the committee, said: "We must seriously stick to County Lines, which means we send a very clear message that there will be serious fines for those who are trapped in this line. hit terrible spiral of violence.
& # 39; By treating these teenagers as victims, the courts send mixed messages. & # 39;
The increase in violence has been linked to the number of police officers to the lowest level since 1981 after almost ten years of austerity.
And a new promise from Minister Prisons Rory Stewart to ban prison sentences of less than six months will probably increase concerns about soft punishments.
The report makes it clear that Britain is now plagued by a new form of crime & # 39; those & # 39; street gangs, drug dealers and organized crime groups & # 39; who is an extremely violent & # 39; but & # 39; very lucrative & # 39; have a business. And it warns that there is widespread concern about how the criminal justice system addresses the problem.
Written evidence includes the stark rule: & # 39; When young people go through the legal system, they only receive a blow on the wrist. & # 39;
It says that Youth Offending Team (YOT) employees catch a 15-year-old who was caught with large amounts of Class A drugs – no less than 30 rocks of crack cocaine – who were only punished for the least violation of possession instead of delivery . The study goes on: & # 39; No custodial sentence is imposed on regular offenders, a practice that is aggravated by a lack of consistency in the criminal conviction of knives.
This gives young people a signal that the effects of drug use and violence are minimal and encourages older dealers to continue to use teenagers aged 14 and 15 years. & # 39; It warns: "Actually, YOT employees do not have sanctions they can call as a warning to young people, the lack of which they feel is undermining their work. & # 39;
And there is a rising tide of antisocial behavior that is not being challenged, which leads to (very) young people thinking that they can do what they want to do with impunity. & # 39;
The most important element of the new crime is falling prey to vulnerable people. Dealers find new markets and then provide children from the age of 14 to behave like mules and enslave them into a criminal life through guilt.
They are mainly aimed at teenagers who have been sent from school and sent to Pupil Referral Units, who now & # 39; the area for gang trivalities & # 39; and a recruitment forum for crime & # 39; to become.
Bend guides even use apps like & # 39; Find My iPhone & # 39; to control the children who work for them.
Others use young people to launder money through their bank accounts.
According to the researchers, one of the reasons for an increase in youth violence is "ruthless and desperate." teens who commit robberies to pay off their debts.
In this world, the & # 39; wearing knives and dealing with drugs & # 39; seen as normal activity, where stitches are seen as a way to send a warning, leading to "children who carry weapons for protection."
The violence is also fueled by social media because gangs post music videos on YouTube to threaten rivals.
After conducting hundreds of interviews with youth workers and anti-drug groups, the team believes that more and more people in the UK are now using crack cocaine and heroin, including women and younger people.
The drug gangs use & # 39; price wars & # 39; to control their markets, even offer two-for-one & # 39; deals and & # 39; prize lotteries & # 39; to win new customers.
And middle-aged children are increasingly using Xanax ™ to soothe nerves for exams & # 39 ;, while the gang members take it themselves & # 39; prior to violence & # 39 ;.
In some areas, including Brighton, the study says that middle-class children are the target because the gangs are more creative & # 39; in their recruitment methods.
Experts want brushing young people to sell drugs becomes a specific offense that "tough punishments", while more needs to be done to address older dealers who drive expensive cars that teenagers on the street.
Even those who are behind bars can continue to operate their lines & # 39; because of the free range of mobile phones available in prison & # 39 ;, and when rival gangs are housed in the same prison, their feuds only become more violent. The report also warns that social workers struggle to protect teens who are trapped in debt slavery and incarceration because the system is only designed to protect children who are neglected or abused by their families.
It states that one YOT worker "had to fight for a case of a child who had a gun to be accepted as neglect & # 39 ;.
In addition, it can be difficult to help families & # 39; when money from County Lines activities may pay household bills.
The report says that parents are taught in some areas to look for weapons and drugs & # 39; and even tells them how to search daily & # 39 ;.
Evidence obtained by The Mail on Sunday supports the suspicion of the unity that young drug traffickers are saved in prison.
A snapshot of last year's lawsuits revealed at least 15 examples of judges who handed out conditional sentences to teenagers and young adults who were sentenced for possession with the intention to deliver, which could result in a seven-year prison sentence.
The number of convictions for drug offenses fell from 82,561 in 2008 to 65,677 last year, according to the information from the Ministry of Justice. And for the specific violation of property with the intention to deliver, only 6,947 of the 13,186 persons who were sentenced in 2017 received an immediate imprisonment.
In general, the number of children entering the criminal justice system has dropped by as much as 85 per cent in the last decade and the number of detained persons has dropped by 74 per cent – even if the number of people committing prosecution has increased.
Last night, the Liberal Democratic Home Affairs spokesman, Ed Davey, said: "When young people are arrested in their teens, the alarm bells should ring.
& # 39; If we intervene to help these young people on a different path, there is a chances of fighting that we can reduce crime and undermine these criminal gangs. & # 39;