Actually, it does matter whether he is an ace student or a lazy bum. Otherwise, we do not need judges, DPPs or defence lawyers. Just key into a computer and let it churn out a sentence.Dreamaurora wrote: ↑Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:02 pmLet's remove NUS from the equation, what the guy did was a criminal offence, plain and simple.
It does not matter if he's an ace student or a lazy bum, he is an adult and should be tried as such. We have faith in the law because we expect the law to be consistent in meting out punishments to maintain order, otherwise the society would descend into chaos.
If he does the crime, then he should go to jail, and the prison will provide an avenue to rehabilitate him. NUS is not obligated to rehabilitate him, it is a place of tertiary education and last I check only adults who are capable of discerning rights and wrongs are allowed to study in tertiary institutions. I would concur that if this offence happened in secondary schools there should be a 2nd chance due to (perceived) immaturity of students at those age, but beyond that I don't think there should be any excuse.
Also, of course we can get rid of stern and conditional warnings, and make it a rule everyone above x age must be prosecuted for all crimes regardless of the facts of each case. Somehow, I don't think many people will like where it leads us.
And I disagree with expulsion from NUS. If you are saying NUS should expel him, then you are also saying that no other IHL should admit him. Why should it be ok for him to be in NTU, or SMU or the University of Timbuctoo if it is not ok for him to be in NUS? In other words, you are saying he should not be allowed to continue any higher education. Otherwise, it is just passing the buck from NUS to some other IHL.