Friday 29 January 2016

And What Sentence Does The 'Careworker' Get?

Mr Efemini outlined how the defendant was with her careworker when she boarded the bus at in Coulsdon around 3.20pm on October 16.
But she didn't have the money to pay her fare and argued with the bus driver.
And what was the careworker doing during this? Not caring, I'd guess...
District judge Peter Greenfield gave the defendant the maximum possible detention sentence for her age and said: 'This is very serious. 'If the victim had fallen back it could have killed her. I cannot fathom this at all.
'You clearly must have known the victim was older and vulnerable. It was a random attack on a clearly very vulnerable woman.'
Of course it was. These animals only ever attack the weak and injured.
Raheema Jamal, mitigating, said the defendant, who lives in care and has a previous conviction for assault, had a troubled childhood which contributed to her actions.
But commenting on a police interview with the defendant, Judge Greenwood said: 'You seemed to apportion blame on the lady, which is incredible. She was an innocent victim.'
Indeed she was. And while it's nice to see a judge throwing the book for once, what about the 'careworker'?

Interestingly, the 'Standard' makes no mention of a careworker, simply stating the girl was with 'a friend'. It does contain this little touch, though:
At one point during the hearing the 14-year-old was handed a tissue to dab her eye as the court heard how the incident unfolded.
An Oscar worthy performance! Followed by one from her lawyer:
The girl's lawyer asked the judge to consider an 18-month youth rehabilitation order as her client was "terrified" of going to prison.
She said the 14-year-old had no history of violence but admitted a "pattern was emerging" after a previous assault conviction last February.
That's some 'no pattern of violence' there!

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