A 92-Year-Old Woman To Stand Trial For Murder

Clara Tang is going down in the history books.   She is currently the oldest woman on record ordered to stand trial for murder in Australia.  She is 92.
After almost 70 years of marriage, Mrs Tang - suffering dementia - allegedly killed Ching Yung Tang in their plush sixth-floor unit in the Connaught apartment complex overlooking Sydney's Hyde Park on March 12, 2010.

It is said that Clara believed her husband was trying to poison her. She allegedly confessed to the murder.

Is 92 too old to stand trial for murder?  Is there a point where the cost of proceeding outweighs the need for societal justice?

Les Kennedy of the Sydney Morning Herald has more: Link

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So this sociologist named Lawrence Kohlberg came up with a multistage system of human moral development.

Level 1 (Pre-Conventional)
1. Obedience and punishment orientation
(How can I avoid punishment?)
2. Self-interest orientation
(What's in it for me?)
(Paying for a benefit)
Level 2 (Conventional)
3. Interpersonal accord and conformity
(Social norms)
(The good boy/good girl attitude)
4. Authority and social-order maintaining orientation
(Law and order morality)
Level 3 (Post-Conventional)
5. Social contract orientation
6. Universal ethical principles
(Principled conscience)

Level 5; according to Kohlberg is the bulk of adults. Their ethics/morals are determined by social contracts. Which is why so many think letting a 92-year old off for murder would send a message to other 92 year olds to commit murder. These people are social contractors. The highest stage is universal ethical principles; it is wrong to commit murder. Plain and simple, there is no "status quo" or "precedent" or "they did it first". It's wrong on principle, you don't do it. If everyone was this mature, we wouldn't have to worry about sending the wrong message.
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A person is never too old to stand trial, especially if she commits such a violent crime. However, another thing is that she is suffering dementia which basically means she might not have been fully aware of her actions.
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Wow, in one sitting I have murder, parasites, and playing with dead things. Is this Neatorama tring to grow up by impressing me with its darker, more morbid side?
Ugh... Not neat.
Not why I come to this site. I have sites like Nothing to do with Arbroath for this kind of crap.
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Jesus H. Christ! After reading the article at the link, especially this quote:
The beating allegedly went on for more than an hour. ''The accused states that she put her fingers under the deceased's nose and could still feel him breathing, so she hit him again [with a stick].''
Seriously, this woman is insane in all forms of the word! Send her ass to jail, to a mental ward, freaking anywhere that is safe from the public. Nobody deserves to be beaten for over an hour like that!
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