EPISODE 18 Tue 18 Jun
How can you tell if an offender is sorry, rather than just sorry for getting caught? Judges must assess an offender’s remorse, and if they find it’s genuine, they can reduce their sentence. This week on Insight: judges, ex-criminals and victims discuss why does remorse matter, and how it's shown.

Meet The Guests

Sonia Scott

"(I) cried, looked sad, looked remorseful…you have to do what you've got to do to try get a lesser sentence and the whole point of doing that is try not to go to gaol.”

Arthur Bolkas

“My barrister said ‘wear a conservative suit, cut your hair, and … shed some tears in the dock’, and I … thought those robberies were theatre, and you want me to do that in here?”

Judge Jeanette Morrish

“…bunging on the tears on the day of the plea hearing will not necessarily make any difference… it’s about the evidence… not about how the Judge’s gut feels.”

Alpha Cheng

“One perpetrator (who plotted my father’s murder) gave a statement of remorse… and then… retracted (it)… It’s a big kick in the guts… words cannot describe the sickness you feel.”

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