Opinion: Martin Laing welcomes the jail term for Thomas Wainwright

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Thomas Wainwright
So, Thomas Wainwright has been jailed for 12 years for causing the death of much-loved Theresa Wade in a dreadful road accident.
There was an immediate response on our Facebook page after we published details on Friday of Wainwright’s sentencing for causing the horrific smash on Mull in 2015.
What surprised me was the polarisation of the comments. I had expected across-the-board welcoming of the prison term, with perhaps the only negative comments being that the 12-year tariff was not enough.
Instead, there were a number of comments saying that the term was, in fact, too harsh.
For what it is worth, I think the jail sentence is just about right. I had thought he might be given eight to 10 years, though I had hoped for longer.
I very much agree with the judge’s words when he condemned Wainwright by saying: ‘You have shown no remorse for your actions – quite the contrary. Your arrogance in giving evidence and in the social inquiry report is quite staggering. In your evidence you sought to put the blame on Miss Wade knowing full well that her family were in the court listening to you.’ Indeed, Wainwright’s callous disregard for Theresa’s family and loved ones in a feeble attempt to get off with the crime is execrable and surpassed only by his attempt to blame Theresa for the tragedy.
If anything, 12 years is the very least Wainwright could have expected. I hope he spends every day of it contemplating what he has done and finds some sense of remorse.
Wonderful NHS
Last week was one of the rare occasions I required to access the superb services provided by the NHS.
Following a somewhat embarrassing kitchen injury (okay, I admit it, I lost a square go with a tin of corned beef), I presented myself on Wednesday evening to accident and emergency at Lorn and Islands Hospital, Oban.
The staff there could not have been better. Yes, it seemed like a quiet evening as I arrived around 9pm, but everyone was unfailingly cheerful, polite and helpful.
I was swiftly ‘checked in’ at reception and treated brilliantly by nurse Tim, an affable Londonder who was just beginning his night shift.
Within 40 minutes of arrival I had been processed, had the wound cleaned and dressed, had an anti-tetanus jab administered, was provided with advice and was on my way home again.
Cracking treatment from a great team.
Roadworks not before time
At last the road surface through Taynuilt is to be repaired.
The A85 through the village has been in a shocking condition – and deteriorating – for a considerable time.
Now BEAR Scotland is finally about to begin an upgrade. Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday next week (April 18) and will mean closures overnight while the resurfacing is carried out.
I have no doubt there will be some drivers who bump their gums about the inconvenience caused by the closures.
To them, I would say, the long-term gain is more than worth the short-term pain.
This stretch has been described as the worst road in Argyll. It’s much worse than that.