July 28. 2016, Martha Herda appears by herself in the Central Criminal Court in Dublin
A few minutes before the noon, she heard a sentence: lifetime imprisonment.
One would say: “Only in Ireland” – to come for the trial on one’s own recognizance and be imprisoned for the rest of life. In this young girls case – for all of her life.
Yes – “Only in Ireland”
The jury, which couldn’t reach a consensus for few days. Suddenly, “miraculously”, unexpectedly, in the last moment, issues almost unanimous verdict, 11:1.
We say again: “Only in Ireland”.
Today, after 3 years since that day, sometimes we ask ourselves: “Where the verdict set in the case of Martha Herda really come up?” “And when did the verdict in the case of Martha Herda really come up?”
Are we entitled to such questions?
Maybe time will provide answers and proofs for those questions.
Where do the verdicts in Ireland do come up?
“Only in Ireland”?
And what is now, after 3 years?
The girl, who needs specialized psychological assistance, who is struggling with traumatic memories, who was burdened with responsibility also for the behavior of the passenger of her car.
Instead of receiving such help, she was considered a person, who needs to be isolated from the “healthy”, “normal” society.
One would like to ask “WHO is “healthy” and “normal” here”?
Yes, such things happen only in Ireland.
How often we would want to repeat something?
Maybe the second time we would act better, more mature, definitely different.
However most of the time we don’t get the second chance.
It’s HERE and NOW.
Nothing in life will happen again.
“The train is gone”.
If we had some chance, it just gone away now, and we’re late.
There’s no use in blaming yourself AFTER.
But there are situations…
That something can be fixed…
It won’t be the same…
Can remorse be calmed?
…That we didn’t do everything, when there was proper time…
…That we lacked something… maybe courage…
…Maybe we wanted to stick to the sidelines…
…Maybe we counted for the case to end without our participation…
…Maybe we don’t have only clean pages in our life and we fear, that someone will suddenly get them out…
What will you do when you get the second chance?
How will you act?
Will the second time be the same?
HOW WILL YOU ACT WHEN MARTHA’S CASE WILL BE RESUBMITTED BEFORE THE COURT? WILL YOU BE WILLING TO HELP WITH NEW TESTIMONIES?
Next “train” will go for the same destination.
Will you get on board this time?
Give us a sign if you want a “ticket”.
“If someone really wants to help – will find a way.
If someone doesn’t want to help – will always find an excuse”