Hopefully we all remember Marco Muzzo. He’s that self-entitled Richie Rich drunkard who was recently sentenced to 10 years for killing three children and their grandfather.
I thought the underlying message was that the courts were going to get increasingly tough on impaired drivers. But is that really so?
Consider the case of how one allegedly drunk driver was recently given a get-out-of-jail free card by a judge thanks to... his feelings being hurt.
An Ontario judge dismissed charges against Sardul Singh, a Sikh man, who was driving with an excessive blood-alcohol level. She dismissed the charges because it took more than three hours for police to return Singh’s turban. Three hours? Oh, the humanity!
Singh argued that his Charter right to freedom of religion had been violated. He said he felt shameful to be seen without his turban.
Except, Singh never actually asked for his turban to be returned. One would think if someone was feeling vulnerable and humiliated because he was deprived of his turban, then he’d at least ask for the return of said turban.
Moving forward, let’s all hope that Mr. Singh has learned his lesson and he remains sober behind the wheel of his truck. Because if he doesn’t and he ends up causing a Marco Muzzo-style atrocity in the future, he’ll surely be the one at fault, but I’d also say that there’s a certain someone sitting on the bench who could be considered an accessory after the fact.