Yob charged over moped muggings

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Police have charged a 14-year-old boy with at least seven robberies in a one-hour crime spree in London. The teenager had thirteen mobile phones in his possession when he was arrested.
He is believed to have been a passenger on a moped during the string of muggings, however, police have also stated that upon arrest the rider of the moped drove off.

Like he is even going to learn anything from his punishment anyway. I mean, let’s face it. he’ll be put in a YOI for a few months, and that is only if the judge isn’t soft and takes pity on him, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say because of his age, he’ll end up getting a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again.
Personally, I think that if offenders are old enough to know how to commit crimes then they are old enough to suffer the consequences.

Lock him up and throw away the key!

He may only be fourteen but you just know he is already a lost cause who will continue to re-offend time and time again.

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On the run: A Freedom of Movement balls up

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A pianist, Jacek Serafin (above) raped a student and was able to flee the UK after his arrest because EU’s Freedom of Movement  allowed him to board a Eurostar without his passport.

Serafin had his passport confiscated by police after he was arrested for the sexual assault of his 22 year-old student, whose drink was spiked. However, on April 26th (2018) just a few days before he was due to face a retrial for rape, he used an ID card to board a Eurostar train, bound for France, and vanished.
It is believed that he is not in his native country of Poland, but police have not been able to make contact despite efforts to track him down.

In Serafin’s absence, Judge Anthony Cross QC, posed the sentence of 14 years in prison as soon as Serafin is found.

Can we have a huge round of applause for the EU seen as they have screwed up yet again! What a bloody joke?! But how was he able to board a Eurostar without a passport I hear you ask? Well, he was able to because the EU Directive 2004/38/EC states that any EU citizen who stays in another EU Member State for less that 3 months, need only a valid ID to move between Member States.
So, in other words, an EU citizen can go to another Member State, commit a crime and avoid prosecution by State hopping. Great.

And people question why Brexit is happening?!

Good luck to the police on finding this cretin though, however, I doubt he will be found or return back to the UK in a hurry.

Another child rapist: What is happening to the youth of today?

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The Dorset Echo featured an article about police arresting an 11 year-old boy on suspicion of raping a 7 year-old boy in a Dorset village.
The alleged attack is said to have happened at an outside location on Monday the 14th of May (2018), close to the victims home.

It is said, by the victims mother, that he was playing outside when he went out of view around a corner. When her son returned, a short while later, his clothing was in disarray and she seemed subdued.
Upon questioning, the boy told his parents that he had been raped.

Dorset police have confirmed that they are investigating the incident.
An 11 year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of rape and has been released under investigation to allow officers to establish the full circumstances around the incident.”

So another ‘alleged’ child rapist. Another child victim who has had their childhood innocence taken away and been left traumatized. What the hell is with kids these days? This is the second incident of this kind I have wrote about in the past few months.

11 year-old boys should be playing football, video games, whatever, not committing crimes or raping young children! Luckily, the offender in this case is over the age of criminal responsibility so, hopefully, they will be prosecuted accordingly to give the victim and his family some sense of justice.

You have to wonder about the offenders parents though, I mean how many 11 year-old boys actually know what rape is let alone know how to carry out the offending act? How did that boy learn about how to rape? Did he learn it from pornography? Did he learn it online? Did he plan it? There are so many questions! And if he did learn it from porn or online, then why didn’t his parents have measures in place to prevent him accessing such sites and information?
It is concerning that he knew that he had to get his victim alone, that he had to be careful not to be caught, that he knew what technique to use to carry out the actual rape, that he knew exactly what he was doing.

I can only imagine, if this goes to trial, the public outcry there will be. The public don’t want to protect child criminals, especially those who commit severe offences such as rape or murder, there will be cries for the offender to be strung up!

And, in all honesty, can you blame them?

Justice for lies

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Between Jannuary and March 2016, A Costin (above) accused three men of rape and a fourth man of physical assault.
She told police how one of the men raped her on the carpet of her home after taking her clothes off. The man was arrested but released after police managed to confirm his alibi. However, Costin then made another allegation against the man, this time claiming that he had sexually assaulted her by grabbing her breasts. Once again, the man was arrested but released after proving a compelling alibi… He was on holiday at the time. Unfortunately, the man also suffered from learning difficulties which made the allegations even harder on him as a victim of Costin’s lies.

The second man who was accused by Costin, similarily raped her in her own home. She claimed that he ‘forced her onto the sofa and pulled down her clothes and raped her’. Police were able to prove that the man was watching TV at home at the time of the alleged attack. Again, Costin brought another false claim of rape against the man, but this time he was able to prove that he was eating a take-away dinner at home at the time of the alleged second attack.

The third alleged attack followed a similar pattern and all three men said the allegations had affected their relationships with women and led to them suffering abuse, lost sleep and needing medication. One of them was left traumatized by the accusation as he too has mental health problems.

Costin, who has previous convictions mostly involving harassment, has self-harm issues going back to childhood and suffers from ADHD, autistic spectrum disorder and borderline personality disorder.
The case was referred to the Appeal Court after a lawyer from the Attorney General, James Wright QC, attacked her previous sentence of three years community service as being ‘unduly lenient’.

“In light of her [Costin] guilty pleas and a very substantial personal mitigation we will reduce that figure [six years] to four years” – Lady Justice Hallett.

So because some nutjob accuses three men of rape and one of physical assault, the men accused have their lives and reputations ruined and all she gets is four years? Do you really think these men will be seen as innocent? People always believe the bad stuff and society has the view that if you’re arrested then you must have committed the crime, not that some deluded psycho has lied for god knows whatever reason.

And surely if Costin has mental health problems then she should be put into a mental hospital rather than a prison? She needs medical help to manage her mental health otherwise she is never going to change. She needs coaching on what is appropriate in society and taught that lying about rape is not acceptable.

Women, like Costin, who lie about being raped make it so much more difficult for genuine victims to prove their case in court. It also makes it virtually impossible for the police and the legal system to believe Costin if she ever was to be raped. And she only has herself to blame.

The sentence may not be up to much but alas justice has been done. And I can only hope that the men falsely accused can, with time, get their lives back on track and put this sordid ordeal behind them.

Death in custody

JS147904943  Tyrone Quinn, sentenced to six years in prison after causing death by dangerous driving whilst under the influence of cocaine and alcohol, was pronounced dead in custody at HMP Northumberland on Monday 14th of May (2018).

Quinn was serving his second prison sentence when he died and had a string of previous convictions.
He had previously been banned from driving for 6 months in August 2015, after he had crashed into an off-duty police sergeant in December 2014.
Then, in May 2016, he was jailed for 16 weeks for assaulting a 77-year-old man in an unprovoked attack. However, Quinn was released in July 2016, just six days before he got behind the wheel of the BMW Coupe, whilst under the influence of cocaine and alcohol, which resulted in him crashing the car and causing the death of his passenger and friend, James.

So, as you can see, he is hardly the law abiding model citizen. And yet you have the Face Book comments by people who think the scumbag should get sympathy and criticizing the staff at HMP Northumberland.

Truth is, and I will probably be crucified for saying this, if Mr Quinn hadn’t of been such a waste of space and had been on the right side of the law then his death would have been prevented. However, no one will see it this way, people would rather see him as a victim and heap the responsibility of his death on the HMP staff.
The staff can only do so much and if the prisoners were on 24-hour surveillance then you know someone would tell them that it was against their Human   Rights, so what are the staff supposed to do?

There was also numerous comments on the diabolical BBC Panorama program that was filmed at HMP Northumberland. Does it occur to people that only the serious stuff that happened was filmed and broadcast? I mean it’s just strange that the undercover officer had to go through 9 weeks training and was at the prison for a total of 11 weeks and the footage that was shown was all he got. Surely if it was as bad as he was making out then there would have been something a little more serious than some prisoners taking spice and threatening staff. What about the good side of the prison? He didn’t show the workshops where the prisoners make things for charity, he didn’t show the library or the education wing which helps prisoners better themselves. The BBC knew exactly what to look for and the majority of society fell for it, hook, line and sinker.

It’s hardly breaking news that there’s drugs, mobile phones and other banned items found in prisons, it happens in ALL prisons. So why don’t the BBC film inside HMP Frankland or Strangeways? Is it because those prisons belong to HMP and not privately ran by Sodexo, like HMP Northumberland? The undercover journalist didn’t make out that the staff in HMP prisons are out of their depth, like he did with the Sodexo staff. And you know why? Because the BBC is government owned, just like the HMP prisons.

Anyway, getting back to the death in custody, I noticed a comment on The Chronicle Live’s Face Book page which said “there are so many young men dying in that prison”, and it took all my will power not to comment back saying that if they hadn’t of broken the law then they wouldn’t of been there and would still be alive. It’s not rocket science!

I guess the silver lining of Quinn’s death is that he can’t cause harm to anyone else in the general public and no more public money will be wasted on keeping his scummy ass.

Eight-year-old rapist: No justice for the victim

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I was reading through news articles on the Daily Mail’s website and came across a story which annoyed the hell out of me. It was about a mother who was speaking out about her eight-year-old son’s rape.

The mother, let’s call her Mo, told sources that the attacker was her sons school friend who had went to their house on a play-date to play with Lego.
She said that the two boys went upstairs into her sons room where the attacker wedged the door shut with a chair, closed the curtain and asked the victim to show his genitals. He then proceeded to rape him, telling him not to say anything to his parents as they would be angry with him.
The victim revealed what had happened during his bedtime routine when his mother had asked why he had been upset when the other boy had gone home. The other boy is said to have attempted to rape the victim on four other occasions before this incident.

Mo reported the incident to the police but was told that there was nothing they could do as the attacker was under the age of criminal culpability. Her son has been left with severe depression and Mo states that he threatens to self harm and keeps ‘wishing to die’.

THIS IS A DISGRACE! That poor child has had his innocence and childhood taken away from him by someone who he considered to be a friend and the law says that there is nothing they can do due to the offender being under the age of criminal responsibility? Really? So what we let eight year-old rapists off the hook because the law stated they’re two years under the age to be prosecuted? We let them off so they can do it again and again to other victims? What lesson is that teaching them? What justice is that giving the victim?

Screw criminal responsibility guidelines!

And it must be asked, how an eight-year-old knows how to carry out such an act? How did he know to wedge the door shut and to threaten the victim so he would keep quiet? Does that not scream that the offender has witnessed this at some point? The fact that he wedged the door shut and made threats so no one would find out, screams that he knew what he was doing was wrong and that he was worried about the consequences if people found out.

Convict the little bastard is what I say! If he is capable of rape at the age of eight, what crimes will he be capable of when he is older?

Time to nip this in the bud before we have another serial offender on our hands.

11 domestic abuse traits that are illegal in a relationship

domestic_abuse_graphic_A_orange.png  Domestic abuse can take many forms, it is a very broad spectrum rang from psychological to physical, but fortunately, the law is more clued up these days and WalesOnline have published a list of the 11 things that are classed as abusive and are illegal for a partner to do whilst in a relationship.

1) Share sexually explicit images of you online or amongst friends. With the number of social media platforms and everything being about pictures and recordings on mobile phones, it is no wonder that ‘revenge porn’ offences were going to happen. Thankfully, the government recognised this and made it illegal to share intimate photos and videos of you be it online or between friends.

2) Restrict your access to money. The law clearly states that one partner cannot prevent the other from accessing money and should not give them ‘punitive allowances’. Charities have stated that they’ve heard of cases where victims were forced to provide receipts to account for any money they spent, or were given such small allowances that they couldn’t afford to feed themselves or their children.

3) Repeatedly putting you down. You may not think of persistent name calling and put downs as domestic abuse but the law states that this, as well as mocking and other insulting behaviour towards your partner is illegal.

4) Isolating you from family and friends. This could be done by monitoring your emails, social media accounts and blocking your phone calls, they may even tell you where you can and cannot go or what you can and cannot speak to. This behaviour is against the law and classed as domestic abuse.

5) Scare you. If you are feeling frightened by the way your partner is treating you then they are committing an offence. The acts they may carry out in order to make you feel frightened include; making angry gestures; using physical size to intimidate you; shouting you down; destroying your possessions; breaking things; punching walls; wielding a knife or a gun; making threats to kill you, your pets or your children; and also threaten suicide.

6) Threaten to reveal private things about you. This can be done by them divulging details about your health or sexual orientation and repeatedly threatening to reveal personal information about you to friends, family and also online.

7) Track your mobile devices. The CPS has stated that it is illegal under the new legislation to ‘monitor a person using online communication tools or spyware’. Therefore if they insist on checking your social media accounts or tracking your mobile devices then they are committing an offence.

8) Being extremely jealous. If your partner constantly accuses you of cheating just for looking at another person, then this could be grounds for prosecution under S.79 of the Serious Offences Act 2015.

9) Making you obey their rules. If you are forced to abide by rules your partner has set, it could mean that they are committing an offence. Examples of this sort of behaviour include; rules which humiliate, degrade or dehumanise the victim as well as telling the victim that they have no choice in decisions.

10) Control what you wear. Taking control over any aspect of your life is highlighted in the new legislation, this also includes controlling the clothes you wear as well as having control over how you look.

11) Forcing you to do things you don’t want to do. This can include forcing the victim to commit crimes, forcing them to neglect or abuse the children, or simply forcing the victim not to speak out about the abuse that is happening within the relationship.
It can also include forcing the victim into watching porn, having sex when they don’t want to or forcing them to have sex with other people.

The article goes on to say that if you have any concerns about yourself or anyone you know being in an abusive relationship then you can report it to Samaritans or the police on 101… Personally, and speaking from experience, phoning the police or Samaritans on behalf of someone else, without their permission, could put them in an even more dangerous position when it comes to the abuse as the abuser will believe that the victim spoke out about what has been happening. So please, before you report anything, make sure the victim wants you to otherwise it can make the abuse 100 times worse for them.

As I have mentioned in a previous post, I was the victim of domestic abuse and the level of support I received from the police, as well as local domestic abuse charities, was amazing. It was difficult speaking about what was happening at the time but once I had, and once I had left the marriage, I felt like I was starting a whole new life. It might have taken me six months to get my home back for me and my daughter but the fight was well worth it.

Now I live in a beautiful home with my new partner, who is the most caring and loving man I have ever met, and my daughter, who has nothing to do with her abusive father. We are a little family and the abuse is behind us. So you see, life can get better after abuse, if you fight for it enough.

I would also recommend signing up to your local Freedom Programme course if you are suffering or have suffered domestic abuse as the course provides you with information about abuse and also gives you warning signs to avoid getting into another abusive relationship.

Good luck!

 

Male domestic abuse: A true case study

More men are speaking out about their personal experiences of domestic abuse and male domestic abuse awareness is on the rise. Between 2012 and 2016 there was a total of 525015 reported male domestic abuse victims in England and Wales. (Statistic from mankind.org.uk).

But there has been a groundbreaking first in the courts and for domestic abuse law. Yesterday (16th April 2018) J Worth, a 22-year-old university student, became the first woman to be convicted and sentenced for the horrific acts she subjected upon her former partner.
Worth scalded and stabbed her victim as well as striking him with blunt objects, she withheld food from him and even took control of his Facebook account. She would decide what he could wear and she isolated him from his friends and family.

Worth had met her former partner (let’s call him X for arguments sake) whilst they were at college in 2012. It was said that she became violent with X, who suffered from hydrocephalus (a condition which causes a buildup of fluid in the skull), which left him vulnerable. She wounded him with a knife and refused to help him get to hospital when he was in need of treatment.

The court heard that her victim couldn’t sleep in the same bed as her and this continued for nine months. Neighbours also stated that they had often heard arguments and the sounds of things being thrown around the house.
They also said that they heard X shouting “Get off me, you are hurting me” at Worth and he was then seen with black eyes, a limp and his arm in a sling.
Another neighbour stated that they had heard X shouting “get off my head, don’t keep doing that to my head”.

When paramedics were called, they noted injuries to X’s hand, burns to his arms and legs, which were being self-treated by clingfilm. X was then taken to hospital, where it was stated that 5% of his total body surface was scalded.
Worth was arrested a few days later.

Judge Madge told Worth that as well as the violence she had carried out on her former partner, she had refused his adequate bedding and food. He then went on to say Worth would “belittle” her partner and discourage him from contacting his family and friends.

Worth was subject to a restraining order which prevents her from contacting X for an indefinite period, as well as having to serve a seven-and-a-half year prison sentence, after she pleaded guilty to the offence of controlling or coercive behaviour, as well as wounding with intent and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Domestic abuse is a tricky subject to face. The victim has to admit that they are a victim but that can also risk their safety so a lot of victims don’t speak out because they are ashamed, scared, have no one to talk to or just don’t know what support is out there for them. However, there are organisations out there who can help victims get out of the relationship and to make sure they keep safe, some organisations even provide counselling if the victim needs it. The first step is finding the organisations and speaking out about it, until then, things won’t get better.

More Money for Maddie madness

JS147904943Hunt for Maddie gets cash: Government approves Scotland Yard’s ‘£150,000 boost’ to their seven-year search for missing Madeline McCann while London suffers murder epidemic- Daily Mail website.

I saw this article and I was raging!

Last month, Duncan Simm, a friend of my partners, went missing whilst on a night out during his studies at St Andrews University in Scotland. Despite searches and public appeals for information, as well as countless social media pleas, he is yet to be found. The police suspect that he could have been buried under concrete in one of the trenches which was being worked on at the time of his disappearance but there are no certainties.
Had Duncan’s family had a £150,000 boost from the government to assist with finding him? No, they haven’t. Has any other missing person, or child for that matter, had that level of financial support from the government? No, they haven’t. They would have been told that they have all the support available through their local police force. There is absolutely no way they would get the obscene amount of financial help the McCann’s have received.

Also, any other parents would have been hauled in by social services and convicted with child neglect had they of gone on holiday and left their children in the hotel room whilst they went on the piss with their friends. So why weren’t the McCann’s dragged through the system? Surely it makes it worse that they were both people of professions and should have known better?

Why is there STILL so much public money going into this investigation? Especially when all of the published evidence is pointing to Kate and Gerry McCann.
It has to be asked, if there was an abductor, then why did they only take Maddie? Why not take the twins as well? Why was there no evidence of a forced entry? Did they leave the room unlocked? If so, why? They were staying in a hotel, surely they would have had the sense to make sure their kids were safe?
How was Maddie’s blood and DNA found in a rental car they hired AFTER she went missing if they had nothing to do with the disappearance? Why did they wash Maddie’s stuffed toy?

There are so many unanswered questions!

And while our government throw money at the McCann’s to continue the search for their ‘missing’ daughter, the REAL problems that the country are facing remain unresolved.
I’m sure that £150,000 could be put to better use. It could fund more police officer positions, trainee nurses, shelters and support for domestic abuse victims, it could also be used to help tackle the growing number of knife/gun crimes in London.

What makes this case so important?
What hold do they McCann’s have over our government?

When will people say enough is enough?

UPDATE: I would just like to add that Kate McCann has made a whopping £84,000 in royalties from her book about her daughter’s disappearance… Does that mean she can give £84,000 back to the government to replace some of the £150,000 boost that Scotland Yard was granted in order to assist with the search? I don’t see that happening somehow do you?

Domestic Abuse and the law

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Domestic abuse awareness is massive right now and so I was pleased to see that an ex-soldier who bullied and beat his girlfriend into taking her own life has been locked up. As a former sufferer of Domestic Abuse, I take an keen interest in cases that result in a conviction for the perpetrator.

In 2015, the government introduced a new law into the Serious Crimes Act. S.79 states that it is now an offence to submit controlling or coercive behavior in an intimate relationship. Coercive control is when someone makes a victim feel dependent, isolated or scared.

The case of the ex soldier, as mentioned above, is said to be the first case which has successfully held a conviction for the death of a victim of controlling and coercive behavior.

Gane was sentenced to fours years and three months in prison for driving his former partner to suicide and was also found guilty of grievous bodily harm and one count of assault by beating.
He also employed the ‘gaslighting’ technique, named after the 1944 film Gaslight, in which a killer tries to make his wife think she is going mad. Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, hoping to make them question their own memory, perception, and sanity.

The court also heard how he pinned her to the floor and throttled her and subjected her to, what the judge described as, “domineering and grossly humiliating behavior”. It was also stated that he searched her bedroom to see if there was another man there and sniffed her underwear to see if she had been unfaithful. He called her a ‘slut’ and accused her of cheating on him.

The prosecutor requested that the judge impose a Criminal Behavior Order on Gane due to him being a danger to any woman he is in a sexual relationship with. He was also found in breach of a suspended sentence for possessing a prohibited weapon – a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone.

So he gets 4 years? For causing the death of a partner who was abused physically and mentally by him. Four years. That is disgusting. I know the law is finally siding with victims of DV but that sentence is an insult, especially with the other crimes he is charged with.

But at least this case is more successful than the one I read this morning.

Drug user Bradley Hodson inflicted ‘outrageous’ violence throughout the three-year relationship, punching her for no reason and kicking her head before saying ‘look what you have done to yourself’. He kicked his pregnant partner in the stomach, threatened to kill her and stopped her wearing shorts.
Hodson also told her how to dress, banning her from wearing shorts and vest tops on warm days. He bit, punched, kicked and stamped on his girlfriend, banned her from using Facebook and cut her off from her family, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard. And he even accused her of being unfaithful – which included claiming she was ‘sleeping with another woman’.
Hodson took hold of her hair, threw her to the floor and kicked her in the stomach a few times. On one occasion she took his bank card from him so he could not buy drugs and he punched her in the eye.

Luckily, this piece of shit has been jailed, however, the prison sentence of two years is a little insulting. He also has a five year order placed on him banning any contact with his victim.

‘He isolated her and cut her off from her family. He did not allow her to use Facebook and accused her of being unfaithful,’ she said. ‘He accused her of having parties in the house when he was upstairs.’ – Prosecutor F, Cortese.

Hodson is a classic example of a perpetrator. He is completely textbook. I have had the pleasure of attending Pat Craven’s Freedom Programme on a couple of occasions during and after my abusive marriage ended, I have learned all the traits of a dominator and I can safely say that neither victim was at fault. Perpetrators seek out their victims, they tend to go for vulnerable women who can be easily manipulated and break them down until they lose all confidence and self-worth. Unfortunately the perp’s don’t go around wearing a sign but if you’re in a relationship with a person and you want to make sure they have no convictions of domestic abuse, then you can apply for a Clare’s Law application through your local police force. That’s how I finally found out that my ex-husband had been convicted of battering one of his exes, I knew I wasn’t the only one who he was abusive towards.

It is worth mentioning that abuse isn’t just physical. It can be psychological too. Psychological abuse can include intimidation, name calling, making you feel worthless, gaslighting, telling lies about you, causing arguments and fall-outs between you and friends and family, putting you down, and constantly making you feel like you’re walking around on egg shells. Perpetrators also tend to ‘move the goal posts’, for example they will love pizza one day then a week later hate it so you never know what to do. They also move things and will hide things such as keys or take the pushchair in the car so you can’t leave the house. I know it sounds like pathetic mind games but it all adds up to you losing your identity. You start sinking into a depressive state which they then use to convince you that you’re going mad, especially if you have been prescribed anti-depressants by your doctor. They will turn the children against you and counter anything you say to them, for example, you might make them fish fingers for tea and he will tell them that they don’t have to eat it.

I would also highly recommend reading Pat Craven’s Freedom Programme: Living With The Dominator, which is available on Amazon and can also be read for free with Kindle Unlimited subscriptions.