Jul 28 2014

Mikaeel Kular: in an age of 24/7 surveillance how does social services ‘lose’ a 3 year old child?

Tag: News,Our Lost Childrenwendy @ 10:58 am

mikaeelWhen it comes down to the final truth, only one person killed 3 year old Mikaeel Kular and that person was his mother, Rosdeep Adekoya. The infuriating truth of the matter is that this woman should not have been able to commit this atrocity because Mikaeel, and his four other siblings, should not have been in the custody of Rosdeep Adekoya in the first place. Not since all five of her children were being monitored after previous instances of neglect and abuse, not since Mikaeel and his twin sister had previously been placed in foster care for being abused by their mother.

Social services returned a dangerously at-risk child to the custody of a woman whose ultimate aim was to harm him. Then, when Rosdeep Adekoya moved home, they ‘lost track of him’ because agencies in Fife and Edinburgh failed to communicate with each other resulting in Mikaeel no longer being monitored and thus, tragically, left to suffer and die alone and unprotected at the hands of his unfit mother.

How the hell does this happen? in this day and age where almost our every move is recorded, our personal data is stored and viewed, even our emails and phonecalls are supposedly monitored – how do two government agencies lose all trace of the whereabouts of a child whose mother is claiming benefits, withdrawing them from bank machines, whose children are attending school…how does all this information not provide even the smallest indication as to where a child might be located?

And what about family…friends? why were none of them approached for information when Mikaeel and his siblings were taken from Fife to Edinburgh in December 2013? rental agencies, redirection of mail, mobile phone records…all of these will lead the tax man to your door in a flash if you try to defraud him of a few pounds, but for some inexplicable reason not social services to a child on borrowed time.

Mikaeel should never have been returned to his mother, after abuse occurs just once the removal of the child from the abusive parent should be swift and permanent, make adoption just a bit easier and give children like Mikaeel a chance to live and be loved. Some children escape abuse and neglect by growing up and out of it, other children like Mikaeel never escape because nobody saves them and in reply we hear the usual claims ‘lessons will be learned’….sane responses from an insane system.


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Jul 22 2014

Baby P killer Jason Owen released from prison…again: “bail conditions may breach his human rights” say the Keystone Cops.

Tag: Justice for Baby Peter,News,Our Lost Childrenwendy @ 11:32 am

You really could not make this up if you tried. From the moment baby Peter Connelly was placed on the at-risk register, to the 60 (at least) oversights made in 8 months by social workers and doctors, to the dangerous misuse of the Children’s Act 1989 that kept him within the questionable custody of the family circle, to the woefully short prison sentences handed down by Justice Stephen Kramer – the tragic story of this little boy has unfolded like a farce and continues to this day seven years after his murder.

One of his three killers, Jason Owen, served barely 2 years of a six year sentence in prison for his part in this most horrific of crimes and was returned to prison in April 2013 for breaching his parole conditions. Owen, released in June, has seemingly earned himself some significant human rights privileges since the year he tortured a 17 month old child to his death. Whilst in prison most recently he applied for, and received, a cash payout of almost £2000 in compensation for alleging his food had been deliberately contaminated – god forbid he should suffer an upset tummy – the judge agreed, tut-tutted in sympathy and Owen banked the money. Now where is my £2000 for being hit by waves of racking nausea over this information…?

So, the wheels of justice turn for Jason Owen – in a way they never turned for little Peter Connelly – and Owen is now walking free and without having to look over his shoulder too often because…wait for it…the police are fearful of monitoring him too closely in case it invades his privacy and thus breaches his human rights.  This child killer, this monster who committed acts of sheer brutality on a defenceless baby, continues to be treated as anything but the lowest most dangerous form of criminal there is. And right now he is living somewhere near one of you. And should the police get too close, should he feel any sense of annoyance at being watched, there’s the European Court of Human Rights, an all-expenses paid barrister and a trip to Strasbourg waiting should the need arise.

The European Court of Human Rights – the one court in the land where you have to be a criminal to get any.

Like I said, you just could not make it up if you tried.

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Jul 17 2014

Dennis O’Neill: long before the tragedy of Baby P there was a little boy….

Tag: Justice for Baby Peter,News,Our Lost Childrenwendy @ 10:37 am

dennisoneil The circumstances of his terrible death were supposed to lead to changes that meant vulnerable children would never again suffer the pain, humiliation and degradation that he endured before he died. Changes that saw those who torture and kill children served appropriate sentences in prison, changes that would see that no adult unfit for parenting would again be allowed to inflict damage and terror on a child in their care. Had such changes been implemented, had such lessons been learned Baby Peter Connelly might not only still be alive but alternatively his mother and the two men who killed him would never be walking free today, having served just a handful of years for causing his death. So why then has so little changed since the tragedy in 1945 of 12 year old Dennis O’Neill?

I have read about Dennis, pictured here standing between his two younger brothers, I have even written about him here in the past but until I watched a documentary on TV a couple of nights ago I realised that this little boy, whose suffering and death shocked so many British people, had all but been forgotten. His name exists today in all those historical reports, his name comes up now and again in print when yet another child dies a death that social workers ‘never saw coming’.

Their story has been documented by his younger brother, Terence, who survived the horror that took his brother’s life. Terence has given Dennis a voice in the 21st century that was denied to them both during the six months they spent, aged 12 and 9, at the isolated farm house of their two brutal foster parents in the closing months of 1944.

The details of the suffering these two little boys endured were described by Terence himself in a recent BBC documentary ‘Disowned and Disabled’. The outrage at Dennis’s death and the power of Terence’s testimony led to the Children’s Act of 1948  and an overhaul of the fostering system. But it continues to happen, year after year – children abused by manipulative foster parents, children left in the custody of cruel and abusive parents. One would have thought that in the time between young Dennis in 1945 and 17 month old Peter Connelly in 2007 those charged with ensuring the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children would have had ample opportunities to get it right, to remove abused and neglected children from chaotic homes and place them with caring and understanding people.

So why are our children still dying from abuse and why the hell are those abusers, like Tracey Connelly and the killers of 2 year old James Bulger, walking free as I write? just as the Goughs served too short a sentence for their crimes against Dennis and Terence O’Neill in 1945, our judicial system is still not placing enough value on the  suffering and deaths of children today and abusers are not being punished harshly enough. When the hell will this change? when will inhuman treatment and murder of our children warrant more than a short spell in prison?

Please remember Dennis O’Neill.

Someone to Love Us: The shocking true story of two brothers fostered into brutality and neglect. By Terence O’Neill.

You can say hello and leave a message for Terry O’Neill here…https://www.facebook.com/Someonetoloveus

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Jul 15 2014

Heaven-Haven: in memory of Thomas Kelly.

Tag: Australia,Music,Reviewedwendy @ 8:12 pm

Heaven Haven webIt is very often the most everyday of people who leave us with the most profound of legacies and it is through this newly released compilation of music by composer, Phillip Wilcher, that the souls and spirits of some remarkable individuals are celebrated and enriched with remembrance.

Released by Wirripang in 2014, Heaven-Haven is dedicated to the family of eighteen year-old Thomas Kelly  in memory of their beloved son and brother who was fatally injured by a single king-hit punch on a Sydney street on the 7th July, 2012. The following review is of selected tracks from the CD from which the profits of sales will be donated to the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundationthe inspiration behind the music is drawn from the lives of people who the music honours – the reward of such lies as much for them and their memory as for those today who knew and love them.

[1] Heaven-Haven (2012) The Linden String Quartet : Inspired initially by the poem of the same name by Gerard Manley Hopkins, this piece evolved into a dedication to a precious young life stolen forever in an unprovoked moment of pointless violence. Performed by the Linden String Quartet, this is a leader-driven piece which brings forth an impassioned search for reason from Marina Marsden on first violin, close interplay from Emily Long’s 2nd violin and Justine Marsden’s viola with a richly melodic bass from the cello. Deeply moving.

Producer: Dr Houston Dunleavy. Engineer: Simon Todkill.

[4] Ballade (2002) Jeanell Carrigan, piano: Love this piece! this very familiar three-part musical form is controlled with incredible dexterity by the pianist. Unpredictable harmonies in the first section are presented with breathtaking mastery combining demanding cross-rhythms between two hands and impassioned expression before an extraordinary transition into the most delicately lyrical passage. This piece not only demonstrates the pianist’s virtuosity but also how effective the use of a striking range of dynamics can create fluidity and continuity in a very complex piece of music. Amazing!

Engineer: Danielle McWilliam

[6] Forever Beneath the Waves (2003) Jeanell Carrigan, piano: Close your eyes and Jeanell Carrigan takes you to sea in this delightfully upbeat, ‘twinkly’ piece with a light and breezy rhythm. The pianist delivers an effortless cross-rhythm between both hands and yet ensures the ear does not stray from the melodic line. The closing bars bring you gently back to shore as if waking from a pleasant dream.

Engineers: Peter Freeman and Lachlan Lacey

[7] High Tea 1 (2012): The Linden String Quartet: This piece took me back to a time of grace and gentility, one can imagine this piece being played on board the Titanic to the gentle clink of fine china and discreet, refined chatter. I particularly love the interchange between Justine Marsden’s viola and Elizabeth Neville’s cello towards the end of the piece, both played with a richness of tone that is truly satisfying before the first violin takes over one last time and sings the piece to an end of such sweetness.

Producer: Dr Houston Dunleavy. Engineer: Simon Todkill

[8 & 10] Intermezzo 1 & 2 (1994) Jeanell Carrigan, piano: Written as companion pieces, the two complement each other beautifully and, for me, there is a natural progression from one to the next. Intermezzo 1 is subtly moulded by the pianist around the composers musical ideas of poetic expression. The left hand provides some strong passages that are tempered with soft dynamic shadings. I love the brief ‘silence’ just before the finish. Intermezzo 2 is finely crafted piece in both composition and performance that seems to be speaking to itself in a spirit of affectionate reminiscence. Exquisite phrasing throughout the piece and a sense of ‘underplaying’ takes it to a final point of disappearance that is meltingly vivid. These two works, I feel, are best enjoyed back to back in order to understand the poetic element however they also stand as two very individual works.

Engineer: Danielle McWilliam

[13] In Nomine Patris (2012) The Linden String Quartet: Inspired by a dream featuring Michelangelo’s great sculpture Pieta, this piece reflects the classical study in sorrow created in marble by the artist during the Renaissance. This piece is a dedication in memoriam to Denise Bassanelli, a mother who fought a brave battle against cancer for 17 years until the disease claimed her life in 2012. The connection between the inspiration and the dedication of this piece is remarkable; a sculpture depicting a mother holding her departed son inspiring a piece dedicated to a departed mother who is held in the heart of a beloved son. The piece, played with little to almost no vibrato, has a true Renaissance flavour blending the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism. Justine Marsden’s viola begins with a solo passage that is gradually embraced by the other strings to create a sense of a sorrow that can be shared with others but rarely understood by them.

Producer: Dr Houston Dunleavy. Engineer: Simon Todkill

[17] Remembered on Waking (2012) The Linden String Quartet:  Dedicated to a remarkable young man, Ben Breedlove, who passed away at the age of 18 from a heart condition in 2011, this piece begins with a beautifully modulated motif between 2nd violin and viola which is then joined in a moment of intense sensitivity by the first violin. The phrasing by Marina Marsden’s first violin  draws the melody line  along carefully in a recitative-like solo, with well judged restraint so as to allow the mood to be shaped into one of wistful yearning. This piece ebbs and flows along on the subdued richness of Elizabeth Neville’s cello bass line carrying it to a delicate and sensitive ending, reflecting the memory of a fine young spirit that touched and continues to touch many.

Producer: Dr Houston Dunleavy. Engineer: Simon Todkill.

This CD stands as a wonderful dedication to the family of Thomas Kelly and their aim to further the awareness of the need to remove violence from our streets and promote a culture in which life is respected and valued.

Piano: Jeanell Carrigan

The Linden String Quartet: Marina Marsden, Violin; Emily Long, Violin, Justine Marsden, Viola; Elizabeth Neville, Cello.

Produced by Wirripang Pty Ltd.




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