@Flyingfemme .....your selective editing missed the most pertinent part of my comment
Now, let' s look at the Rigby- killers' case. Maybe they were "out of their face" on drugs... no excuse.
bolding for emphasis and clarification.
I also commented "we are responsible for our own actions. There are "get-outs" such as "temporary insanity" and "crime of passion" and sure, I'm certain I'd soon learn to be really remorseful if i were "banged-up" for a crime and there was a possibility that such action might shorten my "visit."
I see no redemption for this evil, broken pair. I see no benefit in their incarceration, to them, or the public purse. They chose to live in a specific civilisation and society expects that they would accept that society's Mores, Morals and Ethics, -in short, that they'd be a citizen who was an asset to the community. Many fail to reach the highest ideals, but these subverted everything we stand for.
I am sure that Mr. Rigby's former colleagues could ,and would settle this swiftly and cheaply, given the opportunity.
As I said earlier, and @Flyin'Dutch'
noted, with the "blooded knife" scenario Where there is true doubt, there should be leniency, which brings us back to the "let him have it" ambiguity in the purported Bentley trial evidence.