Friday, August 9, 2013

UK - Lesbian mother-of-two (Angela England) jailed after falsely claiming taxi driver had raped her after she didn't have enough cash for her £16 fare

Angela England
Angela England
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So tell us, what does the fact that this lady may be a lesbian have to do with the crime? Why does the reporter feel the need to insert "lesbian" into the subject line? Isn't this discrimination?

08/09/2013

By SARA SMYTH

A 42-year-old woman who falsely accused a taxi driver of raping when she didn't have enough money to pay for her fare has been jailed for 20 months.

Angela England made the allegation when her partner Jacqueline Scott left her in the car to get money from a cash machine, but did not return.

Her claim that she was driven to a nearby school and raped was disproved by CCTV footage and the taxi's tracking device.

Mold Crown Court heard the driver was later arrested in front of his colleagues while waiting in a taxi rank with other drivers.

He was forced to strip naked at a North Wales police station for an intimate and 'embarrassing' examination.

Richard English, defending, said he was an 'entirely innocent' party who was the victim of Ms England's anger towards her partner.
- So tell us, why was he forced to strip?  What would being examined naked tell them about the "crime?"  And was she given a rape kit?

He said the accusation was not borne out of malice towards the driver, but was an attempt to make her partner feel guilty about leaving her in the car and not returning.

Following the accusation, the driver had to endure verbal insults from customers who called him a 'rapist' and a 'bloody foreigner'.
- It is so sad that these days you are automatically guilty if you are accused of a crime.

The court heard that clients who knew about the allegations threw their money on the ground rather than handing it to the accused.

As a result of the false claims, his license was suspended and he lost about £2,000 in earnings.

Mr Philpott, prosecuting said the taxi driver was held in a police station for 18 hours.

'He could not sleep or eat during this time because of his anxiety. He was unable to work when he was released and could not face people for at least a week.'

'Fortunately his boss was very helpful and accepted what he said because he trusted him. His licence was taken away and while he was on bail he had no income and could not work as a taxi driver.'

The mother-of-two from Manchester pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice in May last year.

She said she had tried to improve herself by training as a nurse but had a history of abusive relationships which had caused her to self-harm and attempt suicide.

'She recognises the awful harm she has caused and has apologised to him by letter and through this court,' said Mr English.

Robert Philpott, prosecuting, said: 'Ms England was working at a hotel in North Wales with her then partner Jacqueline Scott.'

They finished work early and at 3.15pm joined a 60th birthday party celebration in Llandudno where they stayed until 11.10pm when they moved to the Cross Keys pub and stayed until 1am.

'The journey was uneventful until he stopped near Mochdre and said the fare would be £16. Ms English had £10 and her partner had no money,' said Mr Philpotts.

While he was keen one of the ladies should go and get money from a cash machine the result was that Scott got out of the car and walked the short distance back to their home.

About 25 minutes later Ms English appeared at their home looking dishevelled and made the allegation that she had been raped.

Mr Philpotts said: 'It is his good fortune that the taxi company have tracking devices fitted to their vehicles.”

Recorder Greg Bull QC said: 'False allegation of rape is a terrible thing which effects not only the person against whom you make the accusation but it effects the prospects of women genuinely raped from receiving justice in their case.'

'I accept in your case this allegation was made not out of malice to the taxi driver but to cause disruption to your partner. You resented the fact she had walked off.'

The starting point for a prison sentence was three years, but the judge said he reduced it to take her guilty plea into account and to reflect her psychological difficulties.
- So why is she not being forced to pay restitution to the man she accused and compensate him for all the missed work?


UK - False rape claim woman Cathy Richardson jailed

Cathy Richardson
Cathy Richardson
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08/09/2013

A woman who falsely claimed she had been raped has been jailed for a year.

Cathy Richardson, 26, from Viking Court in Shoebury, Essex, told officers she had been sexually assaulted several times over two months in 2012 by a man she knew.

A man was arrested on suspicion of rape but was later released without charge after a series of interviews.

Richardson was jailed for 12 months at Basildon Crown Court after admitting perverting the course of justice.

'Intrusive medical examination'

Det Ch Insp Scott Cannon of Essex Police said: "When a false allegation of rape is made, it heightens the difficulty for those victims who have suffered from sexual abuse."

He said the outcome of the prosecution of Richardson should send out "a very clear message" to anyone who deliberately lied to police.

"The actions of Cathy Richardson in this case led to an innocent man being arrested, having to spend time in a custody cell and undergoing an intrusive and personal medical examination," he said.

"He had to endure the stigma of being suspected of a serious offence, only to be cleared of a crime he knew he had not committed."

"Detectives spent many hours of police time on this investigation which could have been better spent on protecting some of society's most vulnerable victims and pursuing real offenders."


FL - Seffner parents aren't happy bus stop is infront of sex offender's home

Seffner Bus Stop
Seffner Bus Stop
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08/08/2013

By Ashley Glass

SEFFNER - "I do not feel safe, I don't feel safe for my kids," said a Seffner parent, who asked to remain nameless.

The parent is one in a growing number of parents in a Seffner neighborhood calling on the Hillsborough County School District to move their children's school bus stop because it butts up the yard of registered sex offender [name withheld].

[name withheld] was convicted of first degree sexual assault for a 2004 attack on a then 22-year-old Wisconsin woman. [name withheld] said, "I don't think they should be worried. I have a son of my own. My victim was an adult, and I just wish that neighbors would get to know me. I know they'd feel safe around me."

"He's too close. We just want the stop moved," said the concerned parents.

"The situation right now is that we think the bus stop is fine," said Hillsborough County Schools Spokesperson Steve Hegarty. He explained, by law, a sex offender or predator convicted of crimes against children can not live within 1,000 feet of a school or school bus stop, which is not the case as it relates to [name withheld].

"The policies need to be changed, if someone is on a registry for sex predator or offense, they don't need to have them at the bus stop," said a Seffner parent.

"It would be a constant case of moving bus stops and so it would be very difficult to do that," said Hegarty.

The school district confirmed for ABC Action News it's currently reviewing five cases involving sex offenders or predators in which a school bus stop may be moved before school starts August 20.


TX - 10-year-old girl arrested for allegedly raping 4-year-old boy

Juvenile Sex Offender
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In the old days, this was called "Playing Doctor" and was a normal part of growing up, now it's a crime that can ruin your life. It's also funny that Quanell X, the leader of the New Black Panthers, is coming out on this, so the girl must be black. What would he and society do if the roles were flipped.

08/09/2013

By Rucks Russell

HOUSTON - The mother of a 10-year-old girl accused of raping a 4-year-old boy in their apartment complex said police have got it all wrong.

She was just being a child having fun and playing,” the woman said. “She didn’t know she was doing anything wrong.”

According to the mom, the girl has been charged with raping the boy in the courtyard of the complex.

Houston Police confirmed an incident was reported back in April. A juvenile sex crimes investigator was assigned to the case, and an arrest was made late last week.

Me and my mom were crying and then she took me to the police car,” said the little girl. “I didn’t want to get in.”

Just to see her looking through those bars screaming for me to get her out was a nightmare,” added the mom.

Eventually the little girl was transported to the downtown juvenile justice complex, where she was fingerprinted, issued a standard jump suit and locked up in a cell.

And that was my first time being there and I was scared. I thought something was going to happen to me,” said the little girl.

She spent four days in lockup before being released. Still without an attorney, activist Quanell X has stepped in to defend her.

This was nothing more than inappropriate horseplay,” Quanell X said. “That’s what this was. That’s gone a little bit too far and criminalizing a 10-year-old child.”

But exactly what happened that day remains unclear. If convicted, the girl could have to register as a sex offender, and her mother admits it’s possible her daughter did commit a crime.

I’m not saying that she didn’t. I’m not saying she did, but she’s still a child.”


UK - Aleisha Worrell is jailed for 18 months for accusing innocent man of kidnapping her, tying her naked to a lamppost and raping her in three-hour ordeal

Aleisha Worrell
Aleisha Worrell
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08/09/2013

By James Rush

A 20-year-old woman has been jailed for making up a false report claiming she was kidnapped, tied naked to a lamppost and raped.

Aleisha Worrell lied to police that innocent [name withheld] had abducted her for a brutal sexual assault.

A court heard how Mr [name withheld], 35, was held in custody for nine hours for 'intimate' physical examinations in the rape investigation.

But Worrell confessed she was lying after detectives discovered her evidence was 'full of holes'.

She said she wanted revenge on [name withheld] because he was 'harassing' her boyfriend in a neighbourhood feud.

Worrell told officers she had been abducted by a masked man before being tied to a lamppost.
She claimed she was raped and left for three hours before being released.

Prosecutor David Pugh said Worrell contacted the emergency services last December saying she had been abducted.

Mr Pugh said: 'She claimed he had taken her to a road junction where he stripped her and himself, raping her as she remained tethered to the lamppost.'

'He had then dressed and left her tied up for three hours before returning to free her.'

'She then claimed that she had been dizzy when she had arrived at the police station after he had injected her with something after the alleged rape.'

Mr [name withheld] was arrested at 2.55am and underwent investigation. He was 'intimately examined' by a female police doctor at Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales.

Police spent 14 hours investigating the allegations before realising she had been lying because her story was 'full of holes.'

The court heard that not only was the area well lit but there were workmen nearby who would have had a clear view.

When confronted Worrell broke down to say: 'It’s all lies. I made it up because Sean was harassing me and my boyfriend and the police did nothing to him.'

Worrell’s lawyer Clare Fear said: 'She is extremely sorry for the effect on Mr [name withheld] and appreciates the severity of her position.'

Worrell, from Merthyr Tydfil, admitted perverting the course of justice and was sent to a young offender’s institution for 18 months.

Judge Eleri Rees told her: 'The wider issue is that you made the position of those who have truly been raped much more difficult.'

'Make the most of the assistance given to you and the education available and you will come out more mature and more sensible and will never offend again.'


FL - Sex offenders forced from Allapattah trailer park, now in Hialeah

Homeless Ex-Offenders
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Florida has been playing the sex offender shuffle for years now, as can be seen on this YouTube channel, or here.

08/08/2013

By CHARLES RABIN

As many as 54 registered sex offenders were ushered out of a trailer park on the outskirts of Allapattah last week by probation officers from the Florida Department of Corrections after the state discovered the park was too close to a center for troubled youths.

The offenders were told to leave because of a strict Miami-Dade County ordinance that doesn’t permit them to live within 2,500 feet of a school or anywhere children might congregate. The ordinance exceeds the state’s 1,000-foot limit and has caused headaches over the past several years for local and state officials, as well as sex offenders, who are forced to shuttle from place to place as children’s gathering spots are discovered.

This is the third high-profile removal of offenders since 2007, when a group was found living under the Julia Tuttle Causeway. Last year another group was forced to leave a Shorecrest street corner.

This time the issue is a school for troubled kids called The Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, which is within 2,500 feet of the River Park Trailer Court at 2260 NW 27th Ave., where the offenders were living. State officials say they only recently learned the trailer park was near the youth center, though the center has been a drop-off point for troubled kids for the state’s Department of Children & Families for years.

We were unaware that facility was considered a school,” said Misty Cash, deputy communications director for the state Department of Corrections. “When we became aware, we’re going to do what the law says.”

The Miami Bridge houses mostly runaways and troubled children who are too old for foster homes. About four months ago, when representatives from the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust visited the Miami Bridge, they realized its proximity to River Park.

Homeless Trust Chairman Ron Book said his staff then contacted corrections, and Corrections Circuit Administrator Maria DiBernardo told Book the Miami Bridge wasn’t listed as a gathering spot for children, as it should have been.
- Yeah, Ron "The Leper Messiah" Book, he's been lobbying for years for draconian laws.

A Miami-Dade County website shows River Park is within 2,500 feet of several sites where children congregate, including the Miami Bridge. A disclaimer on the site says the information is gathered from a multitude of sources and may not be up to date. Most of the offenders removed from the trailer park now spend evenings at a warehouse district next to train tracks at Northwest 71st Street and 36th Court, in unincorporated Miami-Dade across the street from Hialeah. They sleep outside without a roof over their heads, urinating and defecating in a nearby field behind some trees.

Some sleep in their cars, others in small tents. State law forces the offenders to register with local and state authorities once they leave prison and after they find a place to live. They must remain there between 10 p.m. at night and 6 a.m. They can leave during other hours of the day, but still must retain a 1,000-foot distance from places where children gather.
- If they are not on probation or parole, then what right do you have to tell them they must be there between certain hours?  Also, is it 1,000 or 2,500 feet?  We're sure, in time, they will be kicked out of this place as well, wait and see.

One of the offenders who have been sleeping in the parking lot since Friday is [name withheld], 74. He’s a cancer survivor who breathes through a hole in his throat. .

We have no power here. I have to wait until the morning to go home and clean my throat,” said [name withheld], who sleeps on a stretcher at night.

Another offender living there who only gave his last name as [name withheld], said, “They treat us worse than they treat animals. If they see a dog on the street, they rescue him.”

Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Det. Robin Pinkard said the department’s sex crimes unit doesn't have an issue with the offenders’ new location. The county’s website also shows it’s clear of gathering spots for children.
- Not yet anyways!

They checked it out and it’s not in violation of the Florida statute or county ordinance,” said Pinkard.

Maria Kayanan, associate legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, lost a legal battle in 2009 when her agency fought on behalf of the group of sex offenders who were living under the Julia Tuttle Causeway. The ACLU argued the state’s 1,000-foot law should preempt the county ordinance. The case was dismissed, a ruling later affirmed by an appeals court.

It is Draconian, it is counterproductive,” Kayanan said of the county ordinance. “It should distinguish between offenders that pose a true danger to society and those who don’t.”

Last week’s removal of the sex offenders has become commonplace since the county passed its sex offender ordinance in 2007. The removal also highlights the complexities of dealing with the offenders at various government levels.

Most of the men at River Park had been living at the trailer park, mostly out of sight, for years. They were only removed last week after Miami-Dade police and state corrections planned an enforcement action — then got their signals mixed.

Police were ready to take action on July 29, after conferring with the State Attorney’s office. Before they did, the department’s sexual crimes unit told the state of its plan. That forced the hand of DiBernardo, Corrections’ circuit administrator, who issued an email to her staff on July 29 that the offenders would be receiving notice by local police that they had to move within five days.

They [sex offenders] will also need to be instructed by their probation officer that they must move and case notes entered. We can’t tell them where they should go. They will be required to find an address and you will need to check to see if it is not in violation of the ordinance,” wrote DiBernardo.

What DiBernardo didn’t know at the time was that county police had decided to back off the plan to remove the offenders.

We were going to do an enforcement detail,” said Miami-Dade police Spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta. “But some issues came up, so we got the halt.”

When probation officers showed up at the park last week it caused a mad scramble, with about four dozen sex offenders packing up and leaving hastily. Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show there were 54 offenders living at River Park. State officials believe there were actually only 45 there at the time.

Cash, the corrections spokewoman, said the state was unaware the trailer park was “within the hot zone.” She said the state didn't even know Miami Bridge was a school. She wouldn't blame anyone for the mix-up, saying her department acted only after meeting with the county school board and law enforcement officials.

We gave [the sex offenders] written notice on Monday [July 29] that they had to leave by Friday,” Aug. 2, Cash said. “The offenders were given notice in writing. I know some of our officers did go.”

The plight of the sex offenders first surfaced in 2007 with the discovery that many were living in a makeshift shantytown under the Julia Tuttle Causeway. As the camp grew, national news outlets picked up the story and local leaders like the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust were pressed to find them housing. Most of the offenders moved to Homestead. Then in early 2012 another group of offenders were found living on a sidewalk in the Miami neighborhood of Shorecrest, just off the northwest corner of Northeast 79th Street and 10th Avenue.
- And Ron Book used grant money to temporarily move them into hotels / motels, when eventually they were kicked out of there as well.  They then went to live at the DOC where they were eventually evicted from there as well.  It's a never ending shuffle.  It's not a problem until the media or some idiot of the public raises hell about it, then it's an issue.

They were forced to leave after Miami commissioners turned a vacant piece of nearby land into a park. A fire station is now being built on that street corner.

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