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Nice to know the courts take domestic violence so seriously... not.

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McEdam Tue 21-Aug-07 22:04:31

man brands his wife with an iron and walks free

Outrageous. Apparently the judge said the husband was too busy working to do a community sentence, and wouldn't offend again because his wife had left him. Good grief.

McEdam Wed 29-Aug-07 13:34:12

Me too. Apparently the offence is 'not serious' enough. angry

"In this case, Colin Read was sentenced for 3 offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, contrary to Section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. I am sorry to say that this offence is not one which is within the scheme, and so the Attorney General is unable to take any action on this case. Whilst I understand the concerns you have raised about the sentence, the Attorney has no power to intervene in relation to it."

I asked if they would warn the judge that the AG had received complaints, or whether judges have any training about domestic violence. And was told 'that's a matter for the Ministry of Justice'.

Clearly men and women are still not equal in the eyes of the law. Outrageous.

McEdam Wed 29-Aug-07 13:36:50

Maybe I should email my MP and ask him to take it up with Jack Straw...

WideWebWitch Thu 30-Aug-07 18:53:54

This is fucking outrageous.

When the fking fuck will 'domestic' violence stop beign treated so lightly?

WideWebWitch Thu 30-Aug-07 18:54:22

I think we should all email our MPs.

LittleBella Thu 30-Aug-07 20:50:16

Will our MP's care though, if the legal avenues have been exhausted?

It is incredible that such a light sentence can be allowed to stand.

SueW Sun 02-Sep-07 13:27:23

Colin Read's been sacked.


Difers Sun 02-Sep-07 13:35:41

Good, at least the company he works for have done the decent thing.

policywonk Sun 02-Sep-07 13:52:40

Huzzah! It's not justice, but it's a start.

tazmosis Sun 02-Sep-07 19:52:16

A relative of mine was stabbed to death by her husband - in front of her daughter who was 7 at the time. He got 3 years - she'd provoked him apparently by nagging him.

If he'd embezzled (sp?) thousands from his employer he'd have got about 15 years.

Its appalling.

McEdam Sun 02-Sep-07 19:55:05

You are right, sadly.

Glad Read's been sacked but it's not enough, really, is it?

Feminist12312 Tue 19-Feb-13 03:42:25

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WhichIsBest Tue 19-Feb-13 04:34:11

//Pats Feminist on the head//
Yes dear.

Thumbwitch Tue 19-Feb-13 05:36:35

Ahhhhh, I see who has resurrected the zombie thread now. Wondered why. hmm

BobbyDarin Sun 24-Feb-13 03:35:58

Doesn't look like his career suffered much.

Spent a bit of time being freelance and has what appears to be a series of other high paying jobs.

gingerchick Sun 24-Feb-13 03:54:17

And she got back with him and he blacked her eyes so obviously he thinks hes above the law
I spent the best part of two years going to
Court when I was assaulted by my then partner he was convicted and given a 200 pound fine but he appealed and got let of, apparently because I touched him first ie tried to push him out the door I was asking for the broken arm, fingers black eyes broken nose etc will never have any faith in the justice system ever again sad

gingerchick Sun 24-Feb-13 03:56:03

* tried to push him out the door because he was threatening me and had taken the phone out the wall

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