Delay does not serve justice

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From: Gerald Hodgson, Spennithorne, Leyburn.

THE dreadful case of a fine young man being murdered on his doorstep by two drug addicts in Cardiff has recently been in the news.

However, there is another shocking aspect of this case. Despite what was evidently overwhelming evidence against the killers, the case took an unbelievable four-and-a-half months. How can this possibly be and at what cost to the nation?

This is just the latest example of a criminal case dragging on for an inordinate length of time. Surely someone needs to get a grip of the absurdities of our court procedures which benefit no-one other than the legal profession and go far beyond ensuring that justice is done?

Sharing burden of cycle tour

From: Hilary Andrews, Wentworth Court, Nursery Lane, Leeds.

COUNCILLOR Keith Wakefield extols the benefits of the Tour de France starting in Leeds (Yorkshire Post, February 1). He reckons it will cost each of us £7 to foot the bill but much less for residents of Bradford, Halifax and the like. He says this is because all the Leeds hotels are already fully booked, restaurants and theatres have also got capacity bookings.

Why do Bradford, Halifax and other Yorkshire towns not bear more of the burden? After all, if you can’t stay or eat in Leeds, it’s not very far to book a place in Bradford.

Money owing

From: John Gordon, Ripon.

“THERE is some money owing to you.” Three times a day a foreign voice tells me this on the telephone. It’s all nonsense of course, but it’s very irritating as I can’t trace the call because the number is withheld. Would this be a prank or a scam?