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08 October 2009

Paedophile awarded more than victim

 

THE victim sexually abused by paedophile Anthony Douglas Walters received just $7500 compensation as a victim of crime while her tormentor was awarded more than $93,000.

Walters, 47, sentenced to six years' jail with a minimum of three for a series of child sex attacks, received $65,000 compensation for plastic surgery, medical expenses and psychological counselling after being attacked while in prison.

He was also awarded $28,750 for legal costs. But his victim, a young girl who was repeatedly abused, received just $7500 in victims of crime compensation, the maximum allowed four years ago.

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While Walters sued the State of Victoria in the County Court to get his payout this year, the child victim went through the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal.

Her family was outraged at the difference in the amounts and slammed the system.

"It's so unfair, her child is suffering still on a daily basis," a friend of the victim's mother said after reading of Walters' payout in the Herald Sun.

With the victim's mother by her side, the family spokeswoman said the difference in treatment and compensation was staggering. "He was awarded $93,000 for one incident (where he was attacked in jail). He assaulted his victim over a period of two years from the time she was four.

"She was awarded $7500 under victims of crime, which she can't access until she is 18."

The family friend, on behalf of the victim's mother, said she was considering her legal options to sue Walters for damages and access part or all of his jail attack payout, held in quarantine for a year.

The victim's family is also asking why Walters was given money and not just provided with state-paid medical care.

Attorney-General Rob Hulls said the Government had taken a balanced view on compensation to prisoners by ensuring money was put in quarantine for victims to apply for.

He said the statutory maximum available for victims' pain and suffering had now also been increased from $7500 to $10,000 but civil courts had the potential to provide higher amounts and individuals had the option to sue.

"Our Government reinstated compensation for pain and suffering for victims of crime, which was abolished under the previous government," Mr Hulls said. "Victims can also receive up to $60,000 for counselling, medical expenses and other expenses.

"Awards of financial assistance from VOCAT made to victims of crime are not intended to reflect the level of compensation to which victims of crime may be entitled at common law or otherwise.

"The Government took the view a couple of years ago that in relation to prisoners who are serving time, if they receive compensation then that compensation is actually held in trust unless, or until, victims have made a claim on that compensation money."

Opposition legal affairs spokesman Robert Clark said most Victorians would see the difference in payment amounts as grossly unfair.

"The gap between the compensation paid to his victim and the $93,000 provided by taxpayers for a pedophile's free cosmetic surgery and psychological counselling adds insult to injury for both the victim and long-suffering taxpayers," Mr Clark said.

- Matt Johnston

Paedophile awarded more than victim | Herald Sun

Will Darcy Freeman Get Justice

 

By Special Guest Writer Akasha Mc Donald

The dead cannot speak.  They cannot cry when there is no justice. 

"Take me away" Arthur Freeman said. 

The defense lawyer continued to shift the focus on the words that were not spoken, the food that was not offered and the CTV camera that did not record.  Well dressed with a shiny purple tie, sat Arthur Freeman carefully following the movements of the lawyers, calculating the sum of words, expressions and moments nearing the end of a two day committal hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court.  His lawyer did well to convince others that Arthur Freeman was not guilty, that he was mentally ill and not fit to stand trial.  There was more than just a few flaws that became the thread undoing the blanket of defense.  Without saying the word "catatonic", the lawyer gnarled away with questions establishing a lost cause even after it was confirmed that Mr Freeman had spoke.   It is an empirical fact in trauma studies that perpetrators suffer from trauma post the incident.  This has been well documented over many years.  The behaviors Mr Freeman displayed after the act, sounds just like text-book trauma. 

Towards the end of the hearing, the judge spoke directly to Mr Freeman informing him of the consequences of pleading guilty and not guilty throughout the trial.  As if gratified by knowing that his victims would be tormented by the case dragging out and the possibility of it twisting into a great injustice, he stood proudly and said, "Not Guilty".  Silence filled the room, followed by an echo of pens in unison furiously scratching away at paper.  His face was devoid of all emotion but a twisted sense of triumph that spread across his face. After all, it is the last opportunity he has to torment his ex wife and family. 

07 October 2009

Democrats Vow To Ban Domestic Violence As ‘Pre-Existing Condition’

 

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Top House Democrats on Tuesday slammed insurers who claim that domestic violence is a pre-existing condition that can be used to deny coverage to battered women.

They pledged to incorporate a ban on the practice in the health care reform legislation currently winding its way through Congress....Democrats Vow To Ban Domestic Violence As ‘Pre-Existing Condition’

06 October 2009

Tenn. returns children to mom in kidnapping case

Ok, so my last post was a little hasty!  This explains WHY they took the kids and also that they have now given all four kids back to the parents.  The other articles I had seen did not mention the father, but this one does.

Tenn. returns children to mom in kidnapping case

By Chris Echegaray and Kate Howard, The Tennessean

NASHVILLE — A woman whose infant son was kidnapped by a woman posing as an immigration agent who brutally attacked her will regain custody of all of her children.

The Tennessee Department of Children's Services on Tuesday dropped its claim that Maria Gurrola's four children be removed from her care filed after allegations that Gurrola and her husband knew of a plan to sell the baby before the Sept. 29 kidnapping.

An attorney with DCS confirmed that the petition for removal of the children has been withdrawn, and a hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon has been canceled.

The department removed the children — the infant and three siblings ages 3, 9 and 11 — from their family on Saturday, after Gurrola was briefly reunited with her newborn son, Yair Antonio Carrillo, who was kidnapped.

Police say Tammy Renee Silas, 39, posed as an immigration agent Sept. 29 to get into Gurrola's South Nashville home and stabbed the mother before leaving with then-4-day-old Yair.

Silas is currently in federal custody facing kidnapping charges after she was arrested Friday night at her home in Ardmore, Ala., with the baby.

Tuesday's hearing was planned at Juvenile Court to discuss allegations that the family may have known of a plot to sell the baby for $25,000. Court documents did not detail who made the allegations.

Metro police spokesman Don Aaron released a press release saying that Metro police agree that the children should be returned to the parents after extensive interviews by Metro, TBI and the FBI over the last day. All the agencies are in agreement, he said.

"At this time, (authorities) do not believe the parents, Maria Gurrola and Jose Carrillo, are involved," Aaron said. "Significant unanswered questions remain, however, including why Gurrola and her newborn son were chosen by alleged kidnapper, Tammy Renee Silas. Statements made to law enforcement by Silas are part of the continuing investigation."

Tenn. returns children to mom in kidnapping case - USATODAY.com

Judge to Rule When Baby Snatch Victim Will be Reunited With 4 Children

This is ridiculous!  This mother was worried for her baby, is told her baby was found, goes to see him and pick him up; of course bringing the siblings.   The state of TN decides that while they have all four kids together they should just put them all in foster care until some time next week, when a judge will decide if this mom can have them back.

The CPS workers have been quoted as saying there were safety concerns; however, the FBI (which is the agency that found the baby to begin with) have stated that there are no indications of an on going threat to the family.

So, basically we have here a situation where CPS has stolen a family full of children; effectively re-victimizing this family!  Haven’t they already gone through enough? 

Monday, October 05, 2009

Original:  Judge to Rule When Baby Snatch Victim Will be Reunited With 4 Children - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News - FOXNews.com

 

Maria Gurrolla, seen at a news conference on Sept. 30, awaits a judge's ruling on when she will be reunited with her four children.

 

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  A week ago, Maria Gurrolla was celebrating the birth of her fourth child. A blue yard sign announced: "IT'S A BOY!" She visited a local welfare office that helps low-income mothers.

Then an attacker posing as an immigration worker arrived at her home south of Nashville, stabbed the 30-year-old mother and snatched away her 4-day-old son. The newborn was found safe, but after a brief reunion, state officials took the baby away from Gurrolla again, along with her other three children.

Now Gurrolla is left to wonder when she might see any of them again. A judge will review the case this week to determine when Yair Anthony Carillo and his siblings — ages 3, 9, 11 — can come home.

State officials say the children were taken into custody Saturday for safety reasons but have not offered details. A spokesman said a hearing must occur within three days of when the children were taken into state custody.

Tammy Renee Silas, 39, was arrested and charged with kidnapping. She waived her initial court appearance in Alabama on Saturday and is expected to be brought to Tennessee sometime this week, FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic said Sunday. She was appointed an attorney, but Siskovic didn't know the lawyer's name and the jail wouldn't release any information.

Police have not released a motive, but Silas' live-in boyfriend said she told him she could not have children and wanted to adopt a child from a relative who was going to jail.

Gurrolla had returned home with the infant and her 3-year-old daughter on Tuesday when she answered a knock at the door.

A heavy-set woman with blonde hair claimed she was an immigration agent and wanted to know about false information Gurrolla had given during a visit that morning to a Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, office. WIC is a federal program that provides vouchers to women to purchase approved foods at grocery stores and pharmacies.

Gurrolla's attacker stabbed her with a knife eight times, mostly in the neck and chest. When the woman briefly walked away, Gurrolla darted to a neighbor's house, pleading for help. Sometime after that, the kidnapper fled with the newborn.

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Gurrolla was left bloodied from head to toe, a long scratch on her face. When she held a news conference Tuesday from the hospital to plead for her baby to be found, her eyes were bloodshot and her face was swollen.

Gurrolla has told police that she heard the attacker talking on the phone in Spanish, saying, "The job is done" and that the mother "was dying."

Authorities have not said whether they think anyone else was involved.

Police found a surveillance tape from a local Walmart showing a Kia Spectra with Indiana tags that appeared to have followed Gurrolla. It turned out to be a rental from the Nashville airport, and a phone number registered with the rental led police to Silas on Friday night.

Investigators were talking with her live-in boyfriend, Martin Rodriguez, when Silas appeared holding the infant, covered in a blanket.

Speaking through an interpreter, Rodriguez told The Associated Press that Silas told him she was adopting a baby from a cousin who had to go to jail, and was going to El Paso, Texas, to get the child.

He said Silas had a newborn with her when he picked her up from the Huntsville airport Tuesday. The rental car was returned in Huntsville, authorities said.

"She was acting normal around the baby, and I didn't really see any difference, but I think she was happy," Rodriguez said from their one-story home, where a box of baby clothes for a boy overflowed in the dining room. "What woman isn't happy to carry a baby?"

Rodriguez said the last thing she told him was: "I am so sorry, and I love you."

Siskovic, an FBI special agent in the Memphis division, said there was no indication of an ongoing threat to Gurrolla's family. He could not say why the children were in state custody.

Gurrolla was briefly reunited with her son on Saturday, and authorities said she was allowed to hold him. State officials then took custody of all the children.

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