Career crims need to wake up or move
YOUNG reporter Chris Owen came under fire yesterday after penning a strong story on career criminal Aaron Lance Murphy.
Our front page story revealed the appalling court history of this Ipswich man. In all he'd appeared before a magistrate on 72 occasions.
Some of his friends were far from happy that we had named and shamed him in such a prominent manner and told Chris exactly that.
The bottom line, however, was that if Murphy hadn't thumbed his nose at the laws of society for 20 years he would never have been mentioned.
We were accused of doing the wrong thing by this father of seven. Our answer was that he had poisoned the lives of many locals over two decades of reckless crime and it was about time he was publicly outed.
Murphy is not the only career criminal in our midst that needs a front page shock and when others like him come to our attention we intend to throw the spotlight on them as well.
For too long this community has been under assault from thugs who care for no one, not even their own family.
They need to wake up and those who support them need also to see them for what they really are.
They are the ones that are dragging down the name of Ipswich.
We don't need to be threatened by them and we won't be.