August 7, 2009

'Great Train Robber' Free on Medical Grounds

American's may not know of Ronnie Biggs, but in the UK he is infamous as the "Great Train Robber" one of a group of fifteen men who pulled off a huge and violent million dollar train robbery in the 60s. Shortly after being arrested Biggs escaped from jail and was on the run for 30 years, finally turning himself in 2001.

Now Biggs is very ill, and probably dying, so a British judge has ruled he should be released, on "compassionate" grounds. Many felt it was only fair to let him live out his last days with his family, since he could be no threat to anyone, but others believe he should not be given mercy since he never repented for his violent crimes. What do you think, is it fair for him to be granted freedom this way, or should be keep paying for his crimes since he still hasn't learned anything?

'Great Train Robber' Free on Medical Grounds

Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs, who is seriously ill in hospital, will today be released from his prison sentence on "compassionate" grounds - but he is not expected to be able ever to go home...

'Great Train Robber' Free on Medical Grounds

Posted at August 7, 2009 4:03 AM

Ask the victim's family? I say NO way, Make him suffer his indigent life what's left of it in prison he earned it. Remember this jackass committed a violent crime. That's my view

Posted by: jrogers at August 7, 2009 8:20 AM

If he hasn't "learned anything" by now, Biggs isn't likely to do so by remaining in custody for the little time he apparently has left to live.

Releasing him from custody was correct. For compassionate reasons, giving a sick old man some final time with relatives is sensible, and it's humane (regardless of Biggs' own mindset). Financially, sending the $40,000 a year (plus exponentially increasing medical expenses) to spitefully keep a sick old man incarcerated, just because he "hasn't learned his lesson!" is hardly fair to the taxpayers.

Posted by: Joe Moore at August 7, 2009 8:37 AM

hell yeah release him. the last great train robber... i always root for the underdog. right or wrong

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2009 8:43 AM

Biggs was no "underdog". After the robbery he spent most of his time in Brazil living in luxuary with a beautiful new girlfriend and heeps of other hangers-on (they are plentiful in Brazil if you have money, no matter how dirty it is).
Whether he is "sorry" or not does not mean he should be let off. He is a role model for many thugs and letting him off will only encourage them.

Posted by: Roy Stone at August 7, 2009 8:52 AM

let him out!!!!! he is old and paid for his crimes!

Posted by: johnny m at August 7, 2009 8:53 AM

Don't be an idiot-Rooting for the underdog is okay-but not when it comes to murder. He should not be released to spend time with his family-he just spent 30 years that he shouldn't have with his family. Great story--bad exapmle.

Posted by: amy beth at August 7, 2009 9:06 AM

how does anyone know if he repented for his crime? That is between him and god! as long as he is dying and can't hurt anyone, why should he be a drain on the tax payers? Also how do we know, if he learned anything or not, he must have learned something if he was free for 30 years then turned himself in????

Posted by: Brant at August 7, 2009 9:07 AM

Where's the money he didn't spend?

Posted by: jane at August 7, 2009 9:22 AM

This guy lived a fantastic life in brazil somthing the article doesnt talk about

Posted by: angela at August 7, 2009 9:57 AM

Yes, he should be let free....He is known for being GREAT at what he did and honestly if he didn't have compassion he wouldn't have turned hisself in after all that time so a favor for a favor is long over do. If it was up to me i would have dropped the charges against him after 30 yrs. out of respect for this mans mind.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2009 10:09 AM

The guy turned himself in after 30 years, let him die at home.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 7, 2009 10:22 AM

No one was murdered he and the rest of his gang robbed a mail train of government old currency on it's way to be burned the crime was huge but not violent

Posted by: david bundy at August 7, 2009 10:33 AM

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