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.

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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?

A rant about Generation Y

JS147904943I have noticed of late that there have been number of articles concerning these so-called millennials, which are a generation of people (aka Generation Y) who are considered to be under the age of 35 (according to the Daily Mail).

The latest article I read involving the Generation Y was published on the Daily Mail website and stated that Sainsbury’s is to start selling raw meat in touch-free packaging for the people who are squeamish about touching raw meat. Now, don’t get me wrong, the concept is a pretty good idea and I’m sure it will sell and make them a few bob, but we really have to wonder what kind of generation we are raising here, I mean we already have the people who are offended over the slightest thing, we can’t make a joke or a throw-away comment these days without someone crying outrage and it being classed as a hate-crime because someone took it too seriously.
Kids cartoons have become more PC too and don’t even get me started on the freedom of speech on social media platforms- there is no such thing as freedom of speech these days.
Newspapers are constantly having to print apologies because of the articles offending someone and we have numerous products being sold  which makes people less and less subject to the real world, take those motion-sensor hand sanitser things for example, just press the bloody top for gods sake! Yes hygiene is important but bloody hell people have taken it to the extreme!
Kids used to be able to have conker competitions at school without any rules but these days there are either rules establishing that kids wear goggles if they have conker fights or they are just purely banned because someone could get hurt. There was none of this crap back when I was at school.

So it makes me wonder what kind of generation we are raising. Are we raising a generation where everything will be medically sanitised and no one will have a strong enough immune system to fight off a common cold? Or are we raising a peace-keeping generation where no one will say boo to a ghost just in case it opens the ‘I’m offended’ can of worms? Are our children going to have a voice of their own or will they be silenced as soon as they have an opinion which isn’t politically correct?

Are our future generations screwed? I think so.

Rant about boy racers

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Scrolling through the DM website and came across an article about a boy racer finally being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving in 2016.

‘Miss Kennedy was killed on the evening of July 4, 2016, on the A4067 between Pontardawe and Glais – she was heading down the valley towards her home in Clydach, and travelling in the opposite direction of Price and Kedward.
After negotiating the Glais roundabout, the two defendants – Price in his turquoise Honda Civic Sport and Kedward in his black Vauxhall Astra SRi – began to race each other.’

‘A witnesses described how the two cars were ‘racing side-by-side’ along the road at speeds estimated to be between 70mph – 80mph, with neither of them wanting to ‘give in’. A few minutes later, Price, who was driving in the offside lane as he tried to overtake Kedward, slammed straight into the front of Miss Kennedy’s Ford Ka, sending it crashing off the carriageway. Miss Kennedy was killed instantly.’

‘Kedward, whose car was not caught up the crash, did not stop to see what had happened. Instead he drove to his grandfather’s house in Ystradgynlais, where he dumped a small amount of cannabis he had on him along with his mobile phone. He returned to the scene later that night to find the by-pass closed at the Pontardawe roundabout. He was subsequently arrested and in court complained about the way he was treated by police while in custody.’

The scumbag will be sentenced on Monday (16th April 2018).

Now, personally, I think that it should be made law that until you’re 25, you can’t have a car that has an engine size bigger than a 1 litre, and, if you cause an accident or commit any other dangerous motoring offence during that time, then you get your licence revoked immediately. It would certainly cut down on these kind of incidents because there are too many immature drivers who think, just because they have a car with sport in the name, they can drive like idiots. And it isn’t fair on the people who get caught up in their stupid showing off, it heightens insurance premiums, it makes it more expensive for people of the same age to get insurance that they can afford, and it also puts premiums up on that make and model of car.

If you want to race then tracks have special days for that but I fail to see why you would want to race a Honda Civic or a Vauxhall Astra, its not as if they’re super sporty cars.

And the fact that one of the scumbags had cannabis, which he dropped off at a relatives, just states that these people are too immature to have a licence, they will probably think they’re being ‘hard’ and ‘gangster’ but they just look pathetic.

No, I have no time for wannabe criminals who waste public resources by being trialed. Is it even worth sending them to prison? What will it achieve? Absolutely nothing. He will get a menial sentence of a few month, get out, go straight back to his life of crime and end up back inside a few months later. It’s a never ending cycle with people like this. Mark my words, this won’t be the last we will hear of Price and Kedward.

EU Hoover Brigade

So there I was, scrolling through articles on the DM website, whilst the other half was watching the football, Malta v England to be precise, when I came across an article which made me think ‘what the actual hell is this world coming to?’.

High street retailers brace for a rush to buy vacuum cleaners as EU bans the most powerful models from today…
More powerful vacuum cleaners are to be banned from today after as a new EU law comes into effect.   
The new EU energy rule means manufacturers will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 900 watts. […]
Those who are looking to upgrade to a new appliance should take note of the ‘eco labels’ on each machine.

The label lists: 

  • The energy rating on a scale of A++ (the most efficient) to E, based on the annual energy consumption 
  • The annual energy consumption, in kWh per year Dust re-emission class (A-G scale) 
  • How well it cleans carpet (A-G scale) 
  • How well it cleans hard floors (A-G scale) 
  • Noise level

Who the hell cares?! A hoover is a hoover, as long as it does the job which it is made for then who cares about the energy consumption or noise level… Noise level? Who on earth decided to put noise level as a point of concern? Never have I ever heard of anyone complaining about the volume of their neighbours hoover!

And obviously people should take into consideration how well the hoover cleans carpets and/or hard floors but shouldn’t an appliance, invented for cleaning, be up to scratch when it comes to doing what it was made for?

Shouldn’t the Eurocrats be debating more important matters? I mean we do have a high terror threat level throughout the EU, so shouldn’t they be more concerned on the amount of illegals that enter each of the member states, or the increasing number of terrorist incidents which result in innocent people losing their lives, rather than if the noise of my Dyson is going to piss off little Doris next-door?

Complete bloody madness!

 

 

 

2 pints of Family Law and 2 packets of Judges

Sir J Munby, President of the High Court’s Family Division, has said that there is a need to move away from judges holding hearings in a “palais de justice, sitting on an enormous throne”. He has also stated that courtrooms in the future, must be provided “where we need them” and pop-up courts could be held in buildings such as pubs or town halls.

F. Gibbs, legal editor for The Times, told of how Sir Munby suggested that litigants could even participate in Power of Attorney matters with online video links “from their kitchen tables”.

In March this year, Sir Munby even claimed that divorces will take place over mobile phones or laptops from next year (2017), with an online system meaning neither husband, wife nor the judge will need to be in a courtroom.
He said the click-for-divorce process was a “vision not of some distant future but what has to be”, and that the court system would no longer be “moored in the world if the late Mr Charles Dickens”.

A couple who agree to divorce will be able to answer online questionnaires about their marital history, wealth and income as well as arrangements made for their children. The online divorce costs around £400, saving a couple thousands of pounds in legal fees.

Click-for-divorce is all well and good if the couple amicably agree to divorce, but what about the cases where a spouse is being stubborn and making an amicable divorce impossible?
And what’s stopping a claimant getting pissed before their case is heard if we do have ‘courts’ held in pubs?

I know life evolves and so must the law but a court should be held in a building purposefully made for those matters, not in the local boozer with the local drunk watching over proceedings.

Family matters should be heard in private, I fail to understand why a family case would be held in a public place, it isn’t in the public’s interest to hear if A is divorcing B because they have cheated on them with C and now A has an STD as a result of B’s infidelity. All it will do is cause public humiliation for all parties involved.

Sorry but I have to say I’m out on this one!

The inquest of Alice Gross

Alice gross was 14 years-old when she was found buried in the river in Hanwell, West London, in September 2014, 7 weeks after she was reported missing.

The inquest into her death was held on the 27th of June 2016 and the court was informed of how the schoolgirl was found with above-normal traces of GHB after what is believed to have been a ‘serious sexual assault’ by her suspected killer, Arnis Zalkalns, a convicted murderer from Latvia.

Zalkalns, who arrived in Britain in 2007, had killed his wife 10 years earlier but slipped under the authorities radar due to EU Laws.As an EU national, he had gone under no background checks- meaning he was completely unknown to the British authorities. He was also arrested in 2009 on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 14 year-old girl just 2 miles away from where Alice was killed. The case was dropped after the alleged victim refused to make a statement.

Alice’s body was badly decomposed when it was found in the slit of the river bed, wrapped in bin liners from Zalkalns’ work-place and weighed down with a bicycle wheel and bricks. Logs about 1m in length- and piled above the towpath from where the council had cleared the undergrowth- had also been rolled into the river and stocked in a pyramid shape above Alice’s body.

Zalkalns’ returned to the scene at least 3 times in the days of Alice’s death and it was stated in court that the police cordon may have precipitated his suicide- he was found hanged from a tree in Boston Manor Park, Hounslow,  4 days later.

So no background checks were done on someone entering Britain and because he was an EU national he was free to come and go as he pleased. Thank god we voted out of the EU, I know it is too later to remedy justice for Alice but hopefully we will be able to put measures in place to make our country a safer environment for British nationals.

Large Big Mac meal and a breath test to go please.

The Daily Mail reported that Cambridge McDonalds customers will be breathalysed by security staff before they are allowed entry into the restaurants a part of a new scheme combating anti-social behaviour in the city. Anyone who is over twice the legal drive limit of 35 units will be refused admission. 

Is this not just getting a bit over the top? I mean yes I get the concept of the staff being protected from aggressive drunks but surely turning away people will result in the loss of business? I know McDonalds isn’t exactly a small chain but refusal of entry just because someone has had a skinful isn’t exactly going to do them any good. And is only going to result in those who have had a drink going other venues.

Not everyone who will blow over the limit will be an aggressive drunk so why should a few idiots spoil it for others who just want a McDonalds after a night out?

The country is going mad!