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.

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Too fat for court?

Regular readers of my blog will know how infuriated I get by the sheer laziness of people who claim they are ‘too fat’ for work etc, well now the excuse of being ‘too fat’ has extended to attending court.

Forklift truck driver weighing 34-stone refuses to turn up to drink driving sentencing because he’s ‘so fat he’s technically disabled’ (Daily Mail)

J. Wiech argued that his bulging belly counted as a disability which would spare him the trouble if answering the summons. He was due to appear before Magistrates in York after he was found slumped over his car steering wheel having downed 4 beers and a bottle of vodka. A breath test showed 68 micrograms of alcohol in his system- the legal limit is 35.
A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to turn up to court on the 6th of June (2016) and was brought back to court under police guard.

Wiech, who speaks limited English, explained to the duty solicitor he had ‘mobility problems’ caused by his size, however, when the excuse was delivered to the bench, District Judge A. Lower, stated that this ‘was not an excuse’, also stating that Wiech could have covered the 15 miles journey by train or taxi, or both. The case was then adjourned again because a Polish interpreter was needed.
Under strict instructions to attend his trial, Wiech wheezed his way across the road from the bus stop opposite the court house.

On the day of the incident, Wiech had been found slumped over the steering wheel of his car parked outside the local village store by a passer by. His keys were found on the floor of the vehicle and he told police that he had downed 4 pints of beer and a glass of whickey after finishing his night shift. However, he had stopped drinking at 9am and did not drive until 2pm when he needed to visit the shop.

While parked outside the shop, he claims he had an argument with his ex wife over the phone and downed a ‘small’ bottle of vodka before dozing off. the next thing he remembered was being roused from his stupor by police.
He denied drink driving but admitted to a lesser charge of drunk in charge of a vehicle. He also admitted to failing to attend court and to having no insurance.

Wiech was fined £325 plus £85 court costs and a £30 surcharge. His licence was endorsed with 10 penalty points but he escaped a ban.
He was also told by District Judge D. Golding that he would not “get the same chance” if he appeared before them again.

I’m sorry but he should have been banned in my opinion. There is no excuse for failing to attend court because you’re fat and there is certainly no excuse for drinking whilst being in charge of a vehicle. The law needs to be tougher on people like this because all it shows is that an offender will get is a slap on the wrist if they break the law.

Justice for Liam: Part II

A while ago I wrote a post about Nyomi and Rachael Fee ,[Click here for related post] the two women who had been charged with murdering Rachael’s son Liam and also for abusing other children.

They have now had their trial, which lasted seven weeks, and the jury, who deliberated for ten hours, found them guilty of murder, plus seven other charges of abuse against Liam. The women were also found guilty of four counts of abuse against two other children.

Liam suffered a ruptured heart as a result of severe blunt force trauma to his body as well as a catalogue of injuries spanning over two years- including a broken leg and fractured arm.
The women were also found guilty of attempting to defeat the ends of justice after Liam died by trying to pin the blame for the death on one of the other young boys.

Sources report that the jurors were warned about the severity of the images they would be exposed to. Twelve minutes later a juror raised their hand to request a break in proceedings due to the images reducing some jurors to tears.
People in the public gallery were also warned by prosecutors that they may wish to leave the court room while the images were being shown.
Due to the sensitivities surrounding the boys’ age and nature of the evidence, the public were prevented from seeing the video which was recorded by detectives after Liams’ death. Only the media were allowed access to the court room during that time.

Their sentence has been dated for the 6th of July (2016), according to the BBC News website. Let’s hope they get life eh?

It poses the question of what social services were doing about the abuse. I mean surely they were involved with the women? So shouldn’t they have noticed that something wasn’t right? And if they did catch on to any abuse, why weren’t the children removed before the abuse got worse? If the social worker(s) had actually spent more time on this case rather than pissing about with cases which don’t need attention, maybe Liam would still be alive?  But we can’t blame the incompetence of social workers now can we?

Failure in justice

“Psycho knifeman forced two women to stage lesbian sex show on living room carpet in front of a toddler before repeatedly stabbing them when they refused to let him join in.” 

The above heading caught my attention on the DM’s website, I read the article, wondering how long the ‘psycho’ was sentenced to… I was appalled! The bloody English Legal System is a freaking joke!

M. Zahran, 38, ordered the two women to strip naked at knife-point and lie on top of each other  while pretending to film them on his phone.
The two friends sobbed as they were forced to touch and kiss each other- while the daughter of one of the women watched, thinking it was only a game.

Zahran then wanted ‘his turn’ to have sex, but when the child’s mother said no, he repeatedly knifed both women.
The mother’s injured friend managed to get out of the house and run naked into the street, screaming for the neighbours to phone the police.
Upon bursting into the house, the police discovered Zahran had stabbed himself in the stomach.

Zahran admitted two charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent. He denied two offences of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, sexual assault and false imprisonment, however the jury found him guilty.

Judge S Philips QC sentenced Zahran to 16 years in prison, as well as being told he had to serve an extended 5 years on licence recall after his release and will be on the sex offenders register for life.

How the hell does his crimes only warrant 16 years?! The justice system could save a lot of public money if they just bring back the death penalty for serious offenders. I mean, we all know that a length of rope is cheaper than keeping a criminal for the duration of their life… Plus rope can be reused and the defendant wouldn’t be able to re-offend.  Everyone’s a winner, so to speak.

Justice? At last

In 1997, Trevor Thompson attacked a 15 year-old schoolgirl in his car after offering her and her friend a lift before driving her to a secluded location.
His victim hit and tried to push him away but he held her hands and arms then reaped her despite her protests. Thompson then had his victim wipe away any evidence with a plastic bag as he feared his wife would find out.
The incident was reported to the police but the victim was persuaded not to pursue the complaint. His victim then confided in friends and family and a rape charge was finally brought on Thompson.

In the trial, Judge Phillips said Thompson- who has previous convictions for battery and setting a fire in a hospital- carried out a ‘rough attack’ on a vulnerable girl. He then compared the victims tiny frame to the stocky frame of Thompson and said he had ‘demeaned and humiliated’ the girl and Thompson was also said to have taunted her every time he saw her after the attack.

The victim gave a lengthy statement in which she said everyday of her life became a nightmare and she had contemplated suicide, adding “I was a happy carefree girl and he destroyed that”.

Thompson was sentenced to 9 years in prison and has been made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

The article also included that Thompson is now in a wheelchair, dependant on carers and that prison would have a life shortening effect.

I’m a little vexed about the length of the sentence given to Thompson. He is a rapist, he should be locked up for more than 9 years regardless of his health conditions. And as for not wanting his wife to find out… I’m pretty sure she knows about it now. Idiot!

 

Paedophilia, hebephilia, DSM and excuses that make me sick

Truth Uncensored (.net) posted an article that completely shocked me. The summary of the article read:

‘An academic conference held at the University of Cambridge claimed that paedophilia interest is “natural and normal for males”, and that “at least a sizeable majority of normal males would like to have sex with children, and normal males are aroused by children”… Now is it just me, or does anyone else think that this is a little backward?

The conference, which was titled “Classifying Sex: Debating DSM-5”, was held in 2014 in order to discuss the classification of sexuality in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the standard international psychiatric manual used within the legal system. The conference featured numerous speakers who spoke in favour of sex with children… Because they’re really normal aren’t they?!

The American Psychiatric Association (APA), which produced the study and debate, had been locked in a battle over whether hebephilia should be included as a mental disorder.

So what exactly is hebephilia? Well the APA claims that hebephilia is ‘the sexual preference for children in early puberty, typically 11-14 years-old.’ The proposal for the disorder was being discussed because children are going though puberty at a younger age and the current definiation of paedophilia is ‘the attraction to pre-pubescent children’.

One of the attendees and enthusiastic participant, Tom O’Carroll, a multiple child sex offender and a long term campaigner of the legalisation of sex with children and former head of the Paedophile Information Exchange…

Sorry. I can’t stand writing anymore about the people who are debating paedophilia like they would debate the weather. And as for Tom O’Carroll, he just needs put down! How can he be deemed safe to be amongst the public? He’s a multiple child sex offender and has campaigned for the legalisation of sex with children! I mean who finds it “normal” to be aroused by children? It’s not “normal” and shouldn’t be given a mental diagnosis as an excuse! It is an outrage!

Paedophiles, hebephiles, whatever you want to call them, should be shot. No excuses, no second chances, just put them down so they can’t ruin another child’s life. After all rope and bullets are a lot more cost effective than keeping these sick scumbags alive and in prison for years on end.

Too fat for prison

Looking on Facebook and I saw this article which was shared by one of my friends… A woman who has committed death by dangerous driving is claiming that she is “too fat” to go to prison. Jenns is a 49 year-old woman who weighs 30 stone. She knocked down and killed a jogger when she jumped a red light.

She begged the judge to spare her a prison sentence after being convicted of death by dangerous driving at Canterbury Crown Court. He barrister said; “morbidly obese Jenns hoped to get a gastric band and would not be able to cope with life behind bars”. He also stated that she suffered a stroke 7 years prior to the incident and was also receiving treatment for her weight problem at the time of the accident.
Her barrister then went on to say; “as she is grossly overweight, morbidly obese and since the incident has put on even more weight… She is a person for whom a prison sentence would be extraordinarily difficult and I don’t think I over exaggerate when I say she might not get through it.”

Judge H.Norton adjourned the sentence for 2 weeks pending medical reports and granted Jenns bail. However, she warned Jenns that she faced “an almost certain” prison sentence for the offence- and also gave her an interim driving ban.

So now not only is being “too fat” an excuse to get out of employment, it is now being used as an excuse to get out of a prison sentence… Wow people really will try anything!
How about taking some responsibility you utter waste of space? You KILLED someone by jumping a red light, you were driving dangerously, you should have to suffer the consequences like anyone else who has committed the same offence, overweight or not!

What a bloody cop out!

Sanctioned, theft and a prison sentence

I found a very interesting article on the Northern Echo’s website about a man who claims he was forced to steal in order to eat due to his benefits being sanctioned.

Mulholland, a 43 year-old from Newton Ayecliffe has been given a prison sentence for stealing 3 packets of casserole steak from Sainsbury’s, costing a total of £12.60. His defence for the theft was that he only stole the steak because his benefits had been sanctioned. However, his benefits were only sanctioned due to him failing to attend appointments at his local Jobcentre Plus. Mr Mulholland claimed that he couldn’t get to his local food bank when his benefits were cut due to him having ulcerated legs… So if that was the case then how was he able to get to the local store and steal? He also claims that he was without benefits for 9 weeks when he attempted to change his benefits to reflect his disability needs.

His defence solicitor, B Pegman, stated that the crime was a result of the recent financial situation Mr Mulholland was in, adding; “he is fre of heroin and in receipt of methadone but this is not offending to top that up but offering to eat.”

Mulholland pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to 6 weeks in prison. A suspended sentence was also imposed for a previous offence, taking his prison sentence to 14 weeks altogether.

C Bradshaw, a food bank manager organised by Darlington’s Salvation Army, stated that the cases of people stealing in order to eat are increasing as a result of benefit reforms and sanctions. Bradshaw is also calling for the abolishment if benefit sanctioning which results in claimant’s benefits being reduced or stopped entirely if they are suspected of non-compliance… So in other words, he basically wants claimants to be given money and not expected to look for work etc? Yeah great plan. Not.
And he can’t exactly say that Mulholland was sanctioned for non-compliance considering he failed to attend appointments, if he had a genuine reason for not going then all he had to do was inform them and take a doctors letter to his next appointment. I don’t believe for one second that his “disability” renders him completely immobile therefore he could actually make an effort and get into the doctors and Jobcentre. He has no one to blame here but himself.

As for the theft, regardless of the reasons behind the crime, it is still an offence. People can disagree as much as they like about him being sentenced for stealing in order to eat, however, he still intended to permanently deprive a company of the stole items rather than actually trying to sort a more legal method to his problems.

No filming in the court!

I read an article on the Daily Mail’s website which made me realise that people never fail to amaze me, I really can’t believe how stupid this guy is!

Father who filmed his son’s court case on his new iPhone has been jailed for 3 months. He was caught recording 2 videos of Judge J.A Conrad QC and court officials while his son was on trial for burglary. Taking photographs or recording videos is forbidden in courtrooms and carries a maximum sentence of up to 2 years in prison.

He initially claimed that he recorded the videos ‘by mistake’ because his phone was new but he eventually confessed to filming the judge from his seat in the public gallery. He pleaded guilty to contempt.

His son’s defence lawyer, N. Gunn, said “he says this is a new iPhone, he’s had it less than a week and he didn’t intend to film proceedings. He was making efforts to turn it off.”
However, Prosecutor G. Pickavance said “it was done twice. Once is understandable, twice is perhaps a little bit too far.”

It was reported that he has 28 previous convictions for 41 offences including; theft, burglary, drugs and aggravated harassment… So not exactly a law abiding citizen is he? Dumb ass! There are signs all over courtrooms informing people that photographing or recording proceedings is strictly forbidden, what did he think would happen? Idiot.

Stuart Young should be hung

One thing that really gets my blood boiling is child abuse in any form and the case of Stuart Young was no exception, this case really got me annoyed.

Stuart Young, aged 37, abused a number of children over a 5 year period, including a 6 month-old baby girl who he continued to abuse until she was 5 years-old. He also raped a baby boy when he was just 1 day-old and continued to abuse him for 3 months. His third victim was a 9 year-old girl who he abused in July 2013. All of the offences occurred between November 2008 and December 2013 in various locations around Edinburgh.

Young was arrested and charged in January 2014 after one of the girls revealed what happened to her. He was remanded in custody until sentencing and placed on the Sex Offenders Register. He was finally convicted after a week long trial, which took the jury only 2 hours to find him guilty of 2 counts of rape and another count of sexual assault. The offences were so appalling that the members of the jury have been excused from jury duty for 5 years.

P Arthurson QC adjourned sentencing until the 28th of May 2015 but told Young to expect a lengthy prison sentence… No prison sentence is long enough to compensate for the lives he has ruined. Those children who have suffered at his hands are going to have to live with what he has done for the rest of their lives, Lord knows what psychological damage he has caused to those poor children… This is exactly why the death sentence should be brought back, people like Young do not deserve to have a cushy life behind bars.