LETTER: Offender not the accused

LETTER: Offender not the accused

In your March 16 issue of Saanich News when reading the story of the foreign exchange students’ assault, I noticed that although the offender was named and a unanimous jury verdict found him guilty of numerous offences, he was still referred to as as the ‘accused’ three times further on in the story.

In that the judge was announcing the sentencing decision Friday why would your publication still refer to this man as the accused when he was found guilty and therefore an ‘offender?.’ Why not refer to him as such, or refer to him by name? The man is guilty of traumatizing these students, even to this day. He is no longer ‘accused,’ making this sound even now that he was…well…not really guilty.

D. Dickson

Victoria