There were angry scenes in court as Steven Pickering, 32, escaped a jail term for launching an attack on tiny Logan that 'could have killed him'.
Now, Logan’s mum Sinead Nield, 22, has told how Pickering robbed her of a year of her baby’s life as he was taken into care as police investigated who was responsible for Logan’s injuries because Pickering would not admit what he had done.And just how did he come to escape a spell behind bars?
Judge Jonathan Rose, sitting at Bradford Crown Court, imposed a 12-month sentence suspended for two years, saying the only thing that kept Pickering out of jail was his low intelligence.Hmmmm….
Was this information a shock to the mother, then?
Denise Breen-Lawton, prosecuting, told the court Pickering, who had a daughter by a previous relationship, did not work and was described as 'lazy' at home, doing little to look after Logan.
Sinead was taking a hairdressing course at Huddersfield Technical College and on January 16 left Pickering to look after Logan on his own.
Miss Breen-Lawton told how at lunchtime Pickering phoned 999 and paramedics arrived. Pickering said Logan was 'floppy' and 'breathing funny' but insisted nothing had happened.
At first medics suspected meningitis but investigations subsequently found that Logan had suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. A doctor later said Logan had been subjected to 'significant forces'. It was likely the baby had been 'held, shaken and thrown down.'
Pickering denied hurting his son but admitted to being 'a bit heavy-handed or rough' but no-one had shown him how to handle a baby.What, not even the mother? The one now whinging to the media?
A ‘findings of fact’ hearing in June 2010 decided that Pickering had caused the injuries. Gillian Batts, for Pickering, presented a psychological report which described Pickering as 'less intellectually able than 99 percent of his peers.'
Miss Batts said: 'The defendant’s limited capabilities meant he was not able to deal with Logan when he had one of his more difficult periods.He sounds like the sort of person who shouldn’t be left in charge of a goldfish! So why was he left in charge of a baby?
'Logan suffered with colic and I am sure those with children understand how difficult colic is.
'The defendant should really never have been left alone with the child.
'The defendant had a momentary loss of temper and caused the injuries.'For once, I’m inclined to agree with the defence. Why is the mother seemingly free of any criticism here?
After the case, Sinead said: 'He almost killed his own son and should have been locked up.
'I feel disappointed and let down by the system that it has taken since 2010 for this to come to court. But even now Steven hasn’t said how the injuries were caused.'You feel disappointed and let down by ‘the system’?
Did ‘the system’ fix you up with a man with such a low IQ if you stood him next to a pot plant you’d be hard put to tell the difference?
Did ‘the system’ ensure that you fell pregnant to him?
Did ‘the system’ force you to leave the child with him to take on the vital task of learning to be a hairdresser?
'Had Steven confessed at the very beginning my baby would have been returned to me.' But Logan was placed with foster parents and Sinead had a daily 30-mile round trip to see him.
She said: 'Leaving my baby was the hardest thing and our bond was destroyed. 'It was obvious he saw his foster mum and dad as his real parents and I was devastated. I missed so many of his milestones and I can never get that back. 'I pity the child, and the foster parents, and I can’t help feeling that this kid’s chances would improve immeasurably if indeed it had remained with them…
I mean, we’re talking her about someone who claims not to have noticed her beau was about as bright as the average battery hen,and far less useful...
'I was 10 years younger than Steven and never suspected he had learning difficulties, yes I knew he had problems with reading and writing but never in a million years would I have suspected he had such a low IQ.'Which makes me wonder about yours.
Meanwhile, down south, yet more potential MENSA candidates are breeding, though to give them credit, they are attempting to reduce population numbers almost as quickly as they are adding to them….
A teenager stabbed his girlfriend to death 29 times as she screamed for mercy on a 999 call, the Old Bailey heard today.
Myles Williams also tried to kill her brother and attacked her sister while on bail for a previous assault, the jury was told.And what was the attraction for the unfortunate deceased? Was Williams a prime hunk of manhood?
Williams is only 19 but he has four children by three different women including his murder victim Kirsty Treloar, the court heard.Ah. Well, maybe he made up for it by a quiet, unassuming manner?
He was both violent and controlling towards her but on New Year’s Day this year had tried to make up with her by texting “I aint going to hit u again and I won’t hit u 4 this year next yr the yr after that ..... love you 4 eva.“ (corr).
But, said prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC: “At its highest this can only be described as a conditional New Year’s resolution and it lasted only until the following morning.”Guess not, then...
He’d also clearly been around the block with the justice system before, too:
Williams was arrested but replied no comment to every question asked by detectives.Lovely!
And reading these two cases one after the other, (and noting there’s no shortage of them) it strikes me just how much time is taken up by the State and its agents (NHS, police, social services) in resolving the issues caused by inadequate women choosing inadequate men and then breeding freely with them, while relying on the state to pick up the pieces, sometimes literally...
And how public condemnation is always targeted at the man, while the woman seems to be free from any attempt to ask pertinent questions such as ‘Tell me, just what did you expect to happen?’
Indeed, the woman is free to get the press onside and proclaim herself the victim in the case, rather than one of the contributing factors.
I mean, in the interest of ‘equality’, should those questions not be just as valid?