Grieving Sunderland dad’s call for death penalty

AN EYE FOR AN EYE: Justice campaigner John Johnson, whose son Kevin was brutally stabbed to death, has launched an online petition on the government's website called Restore Capital Punishment in a bid to bring back the death penalty.
AN EYE FOR AN EYE: Justice campaigner John Johnson, whose son Kevin was brutally stabbed to death, has launched an online petition on the government's website called Restore Capital Punishment in a bid to bring back the death penalty.
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A GRIEVING dad is calling on Wearsiders to back a petition calling for the death sentence to be reintroduced for murderers.

John Johnson has joined forces with relations of murder victims across the country to lobby the Government into reinstating capital punishment for killers of children and police officers killed in the line of duty.

They have launched an online petition on the Government e-petitions website and need the backing of 100,000 people for their bid to be mooted in Parliament.

Mr Johnson, whose son Kevin was stabbed to death on the doorstep of his Pennywell home in May 2007, said: “Four years ago, we launched the enough is Enough campaign for life to mean life for killers.

“We got hundreds of thousands of signatures and joined families of murder victims from across the country to present the petition to the Government.

“Despite this, we didn’t really get anywhere.

“Life sentences have been put up from 15 to 35 years but that’s still not life.

“I don’t think we’ll ever get life to mean life so now we’re fighting for the death penalty to be brought in for certain killers who rob people of their lives.”

The Government has pledged to review any petitions on the website that attract more than 100,000 signatures.

And with more than 10,000 being left to date, Mr Johnson, a taxi driver from Ryhope, is hoping to hit the target by the February deadline.

He is also calling on Wearsiders to back another petition calling for the resignation of Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke, who he said has failed bereaved families.

“It’s frustrating because at the moment it feels like there’s nothing available for the families and parents of murder victims,” said the 60-year-old.

“There needs to be more thought for the needs of them not the criminals. Kenneth Clarke has gone into Wormwood Scrubs prison and met prisoners and talked to them about their crimes.

“He has refused point blank to meet us and it’s not fair. It feels like he is working for the criminals not the victims.”

{http://http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/138|CLICK HERE} to sign the Government petition| where you will need to register before being able to back it.

{http://www.petitiononline.com/jean1/petition.html|CLICK HERE} to sign the petition calling for the resignation of Kenneth Clarke.

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