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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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Apr 10 2014

Cruelty to animals: when will the punishment fit the crime?

Tag: Newswendy @ 2:45 pm

Making those who commit despicable acts of cruelty towards defenceless and vulnerable animals serve appropriate and proportionate sentences appears to be largely beyond the powers of the judiciary in this day and age, if anything the sentences handed down are so inadequate that there is hardly a reason to consider them a deterrent to other would-be sadists. When your wrist is merely slapped and you walk free from court where is the feeling that you have committed a hideous crime and the dread of the oncoming months or years in prison…? answer is it does not exist, because few – if any – people who abuse, maim and kill innocent animals ever face the loss of personal liberty they so deeply deserve.

While it is frustrating for those of us who read week after week of yet another case of cruelty to animals to see time and again the perpetrators walk free, it is even more frustrating for those people who work tirelessly and endlessly as volunteers for animal rescue organisations to see the results of their work and efforts to bring these monsters to court come to little effect. Rescue teams such as CARA Rescue Dogs Ireland, located in Portlaoise, have recently experienced this very sense of anger and frustration.

In June 2013, two tiny puppies – a brother and sister – were beaten to within an inch of their new lives by one such bully named Jason Mossa (52) of Esker Hills Portlaoise. A grown man taking out his frustration and personal inadequacies on two puppies so tiny they could barely fit into the palms of the hands with which he bashed them so viciously. Not content with inflicting near-fatal injuries on their tiny bodies, he took the conscious decision to simply throw them away over a nearby wall and forget about them. No feelings of remorse and horror at what he had just done, no dash to the vet to try and retrieve the situation for them at least, no feelings of guilt or concern – just tossed aside like pieces of rubbish.

These pups laid injured, starving and near death for a week where they had landed on the ground, their situation being made worse by attacks from rats, birds and exposure to the elements. Miraculously, they were found five days after being left for dead and rescued by two volunteers from CARA, Georgina Herlihy and Antoinette Thurlow, who found the pups barely clinging to life. Both had suffered brain and internal injuries, were dehydrated, blind, unable to walk and were deeply traumatised.

Alfie and Lexie today with their rescuers.

Alfie and Lexie today with their rescuers.

Months of specialist vet care followed along with round-the-clock love, care and attention in the safety of their new foster home which has seen, almost one year on, these two pups – now named Alfie and Lexie – thriving, healthy and much loved members of a family of their own. The scars  of their ordeal remain however.

Jason Mossa, through the efforts of CARA, has been convicted of a crime that even his own solicitor described as ‘repulsive’, is it enough to give such a person ‘community service’ instead of the ten months in prison that the judge was at liberty to hand down…? no it is not. When you consider that in March, a Belfast court in Northern Ireland allowed to walk free a family of men who had stolen local cats and puppies to use as bait for fighting dogs and had even videoed the agonising deaths of these poor creatures being torn apart, you have to ask just what the hell does it take to send these sadists to prison for their sickening crimes. Where is the deterrent…? when will the punishment fit the crime?

CARA Rescue Dogs Ireland work solely from donations, I can personally speak for the wonderful work they do picking up the pieces and changing lives for injured and homeless dogs. Please support them in their work, the smallest of donations add up (caradogs@hotmail.com) and if you are looking to adopt a dog or puppy, contact CARA and change a dog’s life forever.

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