Gaddafi being dead, not in custody, is the best scenario
Speaking about the death of Colonel Gaddafi this morning, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said he would have preferred to see the despot in a courtroom.
The risk of having someone like that in custody is too great. Hundreds of terrorists would be created demanding Mad Dog's freedom.
Then there's the trial itself - you put them in the dock and these dictators, none of who are shy at the best of times, use it as an opportunity to grandstand and in doing so galvanise support.
Look at the Saddam trial - the whole thing was a show, the verdict was inevitable, as was the punishment.
Capture and summary justice is the best way to deal with Gaddafi and his type, that's if they aren't shot and killed in some vainglorious last stand.
Libya can look to a future now with out Gaddafi.
His ghost will haunt the north African nation, but with hope, that spirit can be banished for good, and sooner rather than later.