Saturday, October 23, 2010

IRELAND - Disabled sex offender shot twice in each leg by vigilante cowards

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Victim's sister brands gunmen 'utter cowards'

The sister of a convicted sex offender who was shot in his home this week has branded his attackers "cowards".

No organisation has yet claimed responsibility for the gun attack on the 48 year-old man with learning difficulties in his Carnhill home on Tuesday night.

The victim, who was jailed for eight months for an indecent assault on a young girl and indecent behaviour in 2007, was shot twice in each leg by masked raiders.

Speaking to the 'Journal', the wounded man's sister said he did not deserve such "rough justice."

"Our brother may have been no angel but he did not deserve what they did to him. No one has the right to take the law into their own hands. If people had a problem with him, they should have handed him over to the police."

"Those that did this are cowards - hiding behind masks pretending to be big men. What I want to say to them is that they are no better than anybody else. You don't speak for anyone."

However, some residents of the estate said they were not surprised at the attack.

One woman said: "He's a convicted sex offender and everyone knows about him. It is a worry for local people. On a weekly basis, young people attack his house with paint bombs, stones and bottles."

Condemning the attack, SDLP MP Mark Durkan said there could be "absolutely no justification" for it.

Calling on those responsible to explain their actions, Sinn Féin Councillor and local DPP member, Elisha McLaughlin said "there can be no place for this type of activity in Derry".

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed four masked men entering or leaving the house at around 9.40pm on Tuesday to contact Strand Road CID on 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

CT - Montville sues to block sex offender facility

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This is proof they don't want to treat sex offenders and help them not to re-offend, they want them to continue, so they can continue to exploit the issues to get themselves votes, brownie points, etc.



Rehab complex still under fire

Montville on Friday filed an injunction against the state Department of Correction in a bid to block construction of a 24-bed residential sex offender treatment facility, officials said.

Town Council Chairwoman Donna Jacobson said it happened about 5:30 p.m. Mayor Joseph Jaskiewicz confirmed the move but declined further comment.

We’ll go to a judge, and he’ll determine if we’ll have a hearing,” Jaskiewicz said. He did not know when a date might be set.

Friday’s development comes six weeks after the Town Council voted 5-1 to take the state to court in its fight against correction officials to construct the $1 million complex on the grounds of the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center.

Councilor Catherine “Candy” Buebendorf opposed the move because of the expense of a court proceeding, and her colleague, Gary Murphy, abstained because he works for the Department of Correction.

Mike Carey, an attorney at New London-based Suisman & Shapiro handling the town’s case, could not be reached for comment Friday.

Councilor Ellen Hillman said Friday she was “glad to see we’re moving ahead.”

Montville doesn’t plan on giving up,” she said.

In June, then-Department of Correction chief Brian Murphy said the agency plans to treat patients on site in Montville while keeping the surrounding community safe.

We don’t want Montville to be perceived as a dumping ground,” he told residents then.

In May, Murphy ratified a contract with Middletown-based The Connection, Inc., to operate the facility in Montville.

Officials wouldn’t say how much has been spent to file the injunction, but Hillman estimated it has been no more than $15,000. No matter the price, Hillman said she supports taking legal action.

I think a waste of money is spending a lifetime treating the victims from the effects of these people when they commit their crimes,” she said. “There’s no replacing a son or daughter or parent’s life.”