COMPENSATION for victims of crime is nothing new.
Legislation allows for possible compensation for anyone who has been injured by an act of violence, such an assault, a robbery, domestic violence or sexual assault.
But no such specific legal option exists for many victims of white-collar crime such as fraud, even though they may be equally worthy of recompense.
The YCW Leagues Club was such a victim, plundered by rogue administrator Stuart Ariff, with staff, members, creditors and the community at large caught up in the crime as innocent bystanders.
It seems unbelievable, but more to the point, unjust.
A chance has now emerged for the club to join a class action to seek compensation, and it’s a quest deserving of every success.
If the legal system can find fault, then the club - and indeed the Armidale community - should benefit.
YCW has been a victim of crime. It deserves compensation.