This story is fucking heartbreaking. This young man died needlessly and many others could do the same. Something must be done.
Daniel Gauntlett needed a roof over his head to survive the freezing winter temperatures. But because of recent parliamentary machinations, it was illegal for Daniel Gauntlett to seek shelter inside an empty bungalow. The police were called when he tried to enter. So he froze to death on the veranda of the building which could have protected him.
In a local news report on the story, one particularly poignant line stands out, highlighting how this man’s death should have never happened:
And so Mr Gauntlett, had taken the fatal decision to abide by the law.
This is the corner into which the law–Section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill–has pushed people. So many must now make a decision like Gauntlett’s: to freeze to death a law-abiding citizen, or to survive and swell the prison population of people punished for desiring a roof over their…
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