I’m not usually a fan of comparing sentences for different offences but I can’t help agreeing with this sentiment expressed in the comments in the report about the lorry driver who received a fine of £2.700 for running over Mary Bowers on road.cc
Deface a Rothko painting? 2 year prison sentence. Run over a cyclist with a lorry leaving them seriously injured? £2,700 fine.
When human life is put at a lower value than a piece of art ( It’s not even a very good painting – Ed.), one really has to wonder at the effectiveness of our criminal justice system.
You can read more about what happened to Mary here.
And here’s the painting. Black on Maroon by Rothko.
Copyright The Tate etc. etc.
If you haven’t read about the Tate incident, there’s a summary here.