A crime is a crime, hatred or no…

Fascinating piece from Rod Liddle in the Spectator today, in which examines the strange case of Sarah Porter, a woman who “set about passing on the [HIV] virus to as many men as she could, by ‘encouraging’ them to have unprotected sex with her”. Most of the men were black, as was the guy who passed the disease onto her. Although as Liddle points out, that did not emerge in the course of her trial. Otherwise he argues, it might have been classified as ‘hate crime’ and the penality a multiple of her current jail term of two years and eight months.

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