Tuesday, October 16, 2012

AUSTRALIA - Young woman avoids jail for stabbing sex offender

Original Article

If a man did the same, many years later, he'd still be sent to prison for attempted murder, yet women are almost always given a light sentence.  Also, if a cop was threatened with a knife, they'd shoot the person and be justified.


By Loukas Founten

A former promising cyclist has been given a suspended jail sentence for stabbing an official who sexually abused her as a teenager.

Former Cycling Australia official [name withheld] was given a suspended sentence in 2009 for numerous child sex offences.

The South Australian Supreme Court heard his victim, who is now 20, went to [name withheld]'s house at Kilburn in northern Adelaide in September last year and stabbed him on the doorstep when he refused to come outside to talk to her.

The young woman pleaded guilty to intentionally causing serious harm to [name withheld] and assaulting his wife, Christine.

The court was told the woman was a committed and talented cyclist at 16 and met [name withheld] in a group cycling training session in 2008.

The pair developed a sexual relationship which lasted about five months until the girl told her mother and police were called in.

Justice Anne Vanstone said there was a direct connection between the offences committed against the woman and the offences she committed.

But Justice Vanstone said people had a right to feel safe in their own homes.
- Well, with the sentence you gave this woman, do you think people will feel safe?

"You found the suspension [of Mr [name withheld]'s sentence] too much to bear and attempted suicide by overdose," she said.
- Something is not being told here.  It says above they developed a relation ship, so I assume the sex, if any, was consensual, even though she was underage.  I doubt it was "life altering," since she consented.  It's probably jealousy, that is why she also attacked the wife, but those are only assumptions.

"It is clear that the effect of Mr [name withheld]'s offences against you have been catastrophic."
- Which offenses?  The consensual sex or the fact that he is now married with another woman?

Despite the fact the woman carried the knife with her, Justice Vanstone said she could not find that the attack was premeditated.
- What?  Of course it was premeditated!

"On the front doorstep you tried to get Mr [name withheld] to come outside. You had the knife behind your back. You told him you wanted to talk about your relationship," she said.

Lunged with knife

Justice Vanstone said when Mr [name withheld] refused to move outside, the woman lunged at him and stabbed him in the torso, then waved the knife at [wife name withheld].
- Why would she attack the wife?  Jealousy?

Justice Vanstone said the offending was extremely serious because of the potentially lethal consequences.

She said but for rapid medical intervention, Mr [name withheld] would have died.

"Two of Mr [name withheld]'s children witnessed these events," she said.
- Wow, all this, and the judge basically slapped her on the wrist?

"In addition, the offending occurred on the threshold of the victims' home where they are entitled to feel safe and secure."
- And yet you basically let her get away with it.

"The entire situation for both families has been disastrous."

Justice Vanstone jailed the woman for a minimum of 18 months but suspended the sentence and imposed a $500 three-year bond.

The woman is also prevented from making contact with [name withheld] and his family.

Before she left the court the young woman told the judge she had learnt her lesson.

"I intend to get on with my life and I'll never commit a crime again," she said.

"I've been punished very hard and I just want to get on with my life."

Mr [name withheld] and his supporters were present in court but did not comment on the outcome as they left the building.

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