Love thy neighbour
Joan and Greg Darlinton are the neighbours we all like to think we live next to.
Welcoming, caring and community minded with a great deal of life experience and a keen sense of humour.
They become our friends and part of the fabric of our lives.
Unfortunately their quiet little street didn't have as many like minded residents as they thought.
The events that led to their Bravery Award and the ensuing court case showed the ugliest side of human nature.
The attitude of making your own rules and punishing those who don't play by them is one that fuels civil wars the world over.
To speak out and take action for the good of a neighbour against one who enforces his will with violence is extraordinarily selfless.
Congratulations Joan and Greg.
The families of the initial victim in this crime will always be enormously thankful to you.
In the end there were many victims as a neighbourhood, multiple families and a community had their faith undermined.
Fortunately, we have wonderful people such as the Darlingtons to restore it.