Residents display little sympathy for drug addicts
By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
SHE is the sister of a drug addict and she has no sympathy for Nguyen Tuong Van.
It is because of people like Nguyen that her family has been torn apart.
When she saw a photograph of the convicted drug peddler, expected to be hanged this morning, on the newspaper she said 'he was a nice looking boy'.
However, she felt he should die and, if there was any sympathy, it should be for the victims of the drug peddlers.
She is pretty, level-headed, intelligent, and in her late teens. She did not want to be identified mainly for the sake of her brother's children.
She also has no sympathy for her brother because of what he has done to his children and the whole of the family.
You wonder how a person like this could have a brother such as the one she describes.
'His children will have to grow up knowing their father is a druggo ? he can't even look after himself let alone his children,' she said.
She said her brother has had a devastating effect on the family.
He no longer calls around begging for money, and that was better for all concerned.
She said her brother was beyond help.
'You can see in his eyes he is zoned out of his head,' she said.
'He even believes the lies that he tells because often he is not aware that he is contradicting himself much of the time.'
She urged parents to be aware of the people who their children hang out with, because in the case of her brother, his drug-taking began because of the influence of his friends.
'If I had a wish, it would be that my brother will never get custody of the children and for him to get out of their lives altogether,' she said.