My feed

to access all these features

Feminism: Sex & gender discussions

Woman jailed for being too traumatised to testify against violent boyfriend

18 replies

TunipTheVegemal · 22/01/2012 17:47

Daily Mail link

The attack had put her in a coma. She testified once then the trial collapsed because the judge was ill.
When will they stop punishing victims like this?

OP posts:
chibi · 22/01/2012 17:53

nothing is shocking anymore

all women should be issued guns and ammo at birth

on the bright side at least nobody has sombrely pledged to learn lessons from this

TunipTheVegemal · 22/01/2012 18:02

yeah but only because nobody thinks they have done anything wrong!

they did say 'We take all reports of domestic violence ­extremely seriously' so that will have to do instead on the platitude front....

OP posts:
chibi · 22/01/2012 18:12

I wonder how many times they had to practice saying that before they could do it without pissing themselves laughing

oh ake it seriously indeed, keeping the streets safe from women who dare to get stabbed in the guts by the father of their children


bigeyes · 22/01/2012 18:17

For once I can't say daily fail again or roll eyes.

Utterly shocking.

If it wasn't for the judge being I'll in the first place, fgs don't they keep court transcripts anyway. She should have been given more time at least to prepare and offer of a video link.

Upper class white male judges, no concept of The reality of how some people find themselves living, complete lack of empathy.

SardineQueen · 22/01/2012 20:49

Oh for fucks sake.

Not another one Angry

edam · 22/01/2012 20:58

That is fucking outrageous - even more outrageous because it comes on top of a series of cases where women victims have been punished while dangerous violent men have been set free or given pathetic sentences. The would-be killer must be laughing his socks off.

That judge should be removed, and should have to issue a public apology - but I bet neither happens. If we had racist judges treating victims of racist crimes like this, there would be an outcry and the attorney general would be rushing to change things. But it's only women...

SomewhereSoon · 22/01/2012 21:01

What on earth was she doing with a loser like him , never mind having his children ! When will women learn to stay away from potential violent men .....their not hard to spot .

  • Mr Obviously, London, 22/1/2012 16:42

This comment Shock. It shouldn't surprise me really. But seriously do some people think that all the violent abusers are walking around with tattoos on their heads exposing their violent ways, and any woman stupid enough to get involved is just asking for it. The victim blaming just gets worse and worse.
Greythorne · 22/01/2012 21:15

I saw this and was hopping mad.
I cannot believe there's not a mass public outcry.


TheCrackFox · 22/01/2012 21:25

The legal system in this country was made by men for men.

Sadly nothing surprises me anymore. The judge is as bad as her ex. He just assaulted her in a more refined manner.

URallchickenlentil · 22/01/2012 21:33

You complain that the number of convictions are too low then complain when steps are made increase doubt you'll complain about him being allowed to walk free should he do it again

Greythorne · 22/01/2012 21:36


suburbophobe · 22/01/2012 21:39

totally outrageous!!!

3littlefrogs · 22/01/2012 21:41

This happened to a friend of mine. He was kidnapped and robbed by a well known local thug. He had to sit in the crown court waiting area with said thug's family who threatened to kill him if he gave evidence.

The judge read out his full name and address in front of thug's family (well known local mafia). Who were all sitting in the public gallery. He has had a complete breakdown, he was unable to speak in the witness box he was so afraid (he was just 18 when this happened). The police arrested him for not giving evidence.

The ironic thing is that the police could have arrested the person with all the weapons and evidence on him if they had made the effort to go and pick him up at the time.

The perpetrator got off and is still walking around free - responsible for most of the crime in his local area..

StewieGriffinsMom · 22/01/2012 22:57

This reply has been deleted

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ArtexMonkey · 22/01/2012 23:04

This reply has been deleted

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ChickenLickn · 22/01/2012 23:13

Yes, this judge should be removed.

garlicfrother · 22/01/2012 23:20

Another horrifying story, 3littlefrogs. The bloomin' legal system isn't supposed to consider itself more important than human welfare - though I guess it's only reflecting our times in general Angry

Good to see the Mail and most of its commentors on the compassionate side for once. It would be lovely if the judge was fired!

sunshineandbooks · 23/01/2012 21:45

Whenever I read cases like this, I wonder how the judge treats women himself. Lots of people don't take DV seriously. Many people think feminists are bitter, men-hating harpies. But the vast majority of them would still be appalled at the treatment this woman has received, so why did the judge think it was ok to do this?

Angry Sad

Please create an account

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.