Sunday, May 15, 2016
Three current articles below
A callous multicultural rapist
A female judge has slammed men who view rape as 'lad's banter' after she jailed a former shop supervisor who attacked a woman as she lay asleep during a childish prank to 'c***-block' his friend.
Judge Hilary Manley hit out at Daniel Dennis, 27, after hearing how he had raped the woman simply to 'get one over' on his friend Craig Flash, who just had sex with her in a rented apartment.
Dennis, from Wolverhampton, had sneaked into the room while the 23-year old woman was with Mr Flash and then hid behind a curtain before locking his pal in the bathroom when he went to the toilet.
Although Mr Flash was allowed back out, Dennis then waited for him to nod off before raping the woman as she lay asleep next to him. He fled in a change of clothing when she woke up to find him having intercourse with her.
Dennis, who had worked as a supervisor at Primark until 2011, later claimed he was simply playing a game known as 'c***-blocking' a slang term for an action intended to prevent someone else from having sex with a woman.
He claimed Mr Flash had stopped him having sex with a different woman on a previous occasion by walking in on them as they were getting intimate.
Dennis had denied rape but was convicted after a trial at Manchester Crown Court and jailed for six years.
Judge Manley told him: 'You and friends came to Manchester that night and acted in a way that was shameful. You displayed a blatant disregard for women with little regards for their feelings.
'The fact you engaged in behaviour that you describe as c***-blocking to disturb your friend in his private business with this woman. Your response was "he did it to me and the girl left". That particular girl got upset and you clearly learnt nothing from it.
'You specifically targeted her whether due to your need for sex or to get one over on your friend. She woke up and screamed at you to get off her. It must have been a traumatic frightening and embarrassing experience for her. You then tried to front it out by claiming she welcomed you to have sexual intercourse with her.
'She no longer feels safe, she feels vulnerable and suffers mood swings. She can't discuss what happened with her family, she's isolated. She had nightmares and suffers financially. It was clear in the trial that this victim still suffers.'
Parveen Mansoor, mitigating, said Dennis's girlfriend of three years was standing by him. Miss Mansoor added: 'This incident was out of character for him. The behaviour described in the night in question was childish and naive.
'The victim said that when she asked the defendant to get off he did get off immediately. The evidence from the defendant himself is that sexual intercourse lasted up to a minute but no more than that. She said she felt some thrusting movements when she woke up but it all happened so quickly.
Multiculturalist who hacked a 17-year-old to death with a ‘Zombie killer’ machete is jailed for life
A 17-year-old has been jailed for life after hacking a fellow teenager to death with a 'Zombie Killer' machete.
Blaise Lewinson stabbed Stefan Appleton, 17, with the 25in serrated blade in the leg and chest last year in a north London park.
Lewinson can be named after Judge Richard Hone QC lifted reporting restrictions, saying he should be identified as a deterrent to others and because of the public interest.
A jury deliberated for 14-and-a-half hours to convict the defendant of manslaughter but clear him of murder.
Sentencing Lewinson, who appeared in court at the Old Bailey in a white shirt and tie, Judge Hone said he regarded the killing as 'very close to murder'.
He told him: 'You were in the middle of your GCSE examinations but you preferred to commit serious knife crime in a busy London park filled with young families.'
The judge called him a 'dangerous offender' who had a 'fascination with illegal knives', and said he had shown 'no true remorse'.
He said: 'The use of this utterly ferocious weapon, even with the reduced intent, caused the loss of Stefan Appleton's young life.
'He plainly was unarmed and you stabbed him on the ground while he was defending himself.'
Judge Hone added: 'What you did that evening and in the aftermath, coupled with your history of previous offending and non-compliance with court orders, justifies my conclusion that this is one of those rare cases where the court should pass a discretionary life sentence.'
Lewinson was told he must serve a minimum of nine years before he can be considered for release on licence.
His conviction last month came just days after Home Secretary Theresa May announced plans to ban the sale, manufacture and importation of Zombie Killer knives, which she said 'glamorise violence and are clearly targeted at young people'.
The trial had heard how student Stefan had been with friends at Nightingale Park in Islington on Wednesday June 10 last year, while children nearby enjoyed the summer evening on swings and slides.
Lewinson jumped off the back of a stolen scooter, pulled out the machete-like blade and chased after Stefan and his friends, the court heard.
When Stefan tripped and fell, he was stabbed on the ground, once in the leg and once in the chest. He died later in hospital.
The court heard that as he rode off on the moped Lewinson allegedly shouted 'RP', standing for Red Pitch, a rival to another gang in the area.
He fled to Bristol and tried to book a flight to Spain, before returning to London to hide out but was arrested a few days later.
Muslim surgeon "accidentally" 'removed patient's TESTICLE
A consultant surgeon who allegedly removed a man's testicle by mistake before telling him it is still there only smaller could be struck off.
Baghdad-born Dr Marwan Farouk, who was educated in a grammar school in Durham, was purportedly operating on a cyst when he accidentally removed the patient's right testicle.
The surgeon will now face a hearing before a panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal next month and could be struck off, suspended, given a warning or required to undergo further training.
The private procedure was carried out at The Chiltern Hospital in Great Missendon, Buckinghamshire, in April 2014, according to The Express.
According to details of the charges Dr Farouk faces 'it is alleged that he removed the patient's entire right testicle and did not attempt to remove the right epididymal cyst separately.'
He then 'intended to cover up the fact that he had removed Patient A's testicle.'
The allegations also state that Dr Farouk failed to tell the man he had removed his right testicle during the post-operation consultation.
The patient was purportedly led to believe that it would still be functional and was only smaller.
Dr Farouk is also alleged to have written to the man's GP to say there had been some tissue damage, without advising them that the patient's testicle had been removed.
The details state that in undertaking the surgery, 'Dr Farouk operated outside his area of expertise and that his actions were misleading and dishonest.'
According to information posted on his website, the consultant surgeon is married to an Aylesbury-based GP and has three young boys.
His website says: 'I am an active teacher of medical students and junior doctors, and I am a recognised trainer in laparoscopic surgical techniques.
The private procedure was carried out at The Chiltern Hospital in Great Missendon, Buckinghamshire, in 2014
The private procedure was carried out at The Chiltern Hospital in Great Missendon, Buckinghamshire, in 2014
'I have published over 30 research papers in prestigious medical journals.'
It also states that he works at Buckinghamshire NHS Trust, working at Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe General hospitals.
Since the incident in 2014, Dr Farouk has been required to work under a set of strict conditions, reported the paper.
The consultant must also be supervised and has been banned from doing any scrotal surgery.
And now for somewhat more pleasant things
NHS doctor, 39, claims divorce judges made him work a seven-day week so he could continue paying £1,600 per month to his buy-to-let tycoon ex-wife
Feminist-inspired divorce laws turn marriage into a form of prostitution. No wonder lots of men now "won't commit"
An NHS doctor who said divorce judges condemned him to working a seven-day week so he can meet maintenance payments to his buy-to-let tycoon ex-wife, has told the Appeal Court he was treated unfairly.
Hospital obstetrician Mark Tattersall, 39, claimed he was forced to work a 56-hour week after he was ordered to pay his ex Amanda Tattersall £1,070-a-month in personal maintenance and almost £600-a-month in child maintenance.
When the pair split up in 2011, after more a decade of marriage, Oxford University academic Mrs Tattersall was handed 70 per cent of the family fortune, the bulk of which was invested in a string of buy to let properties stretching from London to Liverpool.
Dr Tattersall who is from Bolton and works at Liverpool Women's Hospital, says he has no choice but to work the equivalent as seven eight-hour days in order to meet his own basic needs and keep up the payments to his former wife.
He claimed divorce judges were 'wrong to expect him to work more than a normal 40-hour week' and has now told London's Appeal Court he feels he has been the victim of 'unfair' treatment.
NHS hospital doctors routinely put in much longer hours on the job than the average 35 hour nine-to-five working week.
The European Working Hours Directive has now limited compulsory working time for UK hospital doctors to 48 hours, but it is legal for medics to work overtime through choice.
Dr Tattersall, who was earning £75,000 annually and working 56 hours, including weekends, before the separation, told judges he wanted to cut back his hours to 40 per week so that he had weekends free to potentially spend time with his young daughter.
The divorce court ruling on maintenance had left him unable to do that, he insisted.
He complained that 'the judge had erred in dividing the capital unequally and in ordering him to pay too much for too long by way of periodical payments (maintenance) to his wife.'
The judge had 'overestimated his income' and 'should have based herself on his current salary, without overtime,' he argued.
He also claimed that what was left in his pay packet after making the payments to his wife 'will not cover his income needs.'
The judge had been 'over-generous in assessing the wife's needs,' he added.
An initial challenge to the maintenance award was dismissed by the Court of Appeal in 2013.
Judges found that he had not put forward sufficient evidence to support his claims about the number of hours or days he would need to work.
However he has continued to protest and has been hit with further court orders over his failure to keep up the maintenance payments.
And the doctor was also hit with an enforcement order in relation to the arrears, which could potentially lead to him being jailed if he still fails to pay up.
He is now fighting those orders, claiming to have suffered 'procedural unfairness' and that his ex-wife 'has manipulated judges' in order to get the result she wants.
Seaside resort BANS classic Punch and Judy show from its summer festival because it 'trivalises domestic violence '
A seaside resort has banned a classic Punch and Judy show - because councillors fear it trivialises domestic violence.
The traditional puppet show was supposed to be part of the Barry Island Beats, Eats and Treats festival in south Wales next month.
But the performance was scrapped after officials and some councillors decided it would be at odds with the county council's standpoint on domestic violence.
Ian Johnson, of Barry Town Council, which agreed to give £2,500 to support the festival, said: 'The issue was that it was treading a fine line between entertainment and recognising that some of it was inappropriate.
'It has elements of hitting people and that is not something that we would want to promote.
'If the county council allowed the puppet show to feature at the weekend event in Barry it would have been at odds with its and the Welsh Government's standpoint on domestic violence.'
The decision has come under criticism from the Punch and Judy Fellowship. 'Punch and Judy does not encourage wife bashing - no child of a Punch and Judy man has ever grown up to be violent - and they've seen hundreds of shows,' a statement on its website said. 'If Punch and Judy should be banned because of violence then so should performances of Shakespeare as well as Tom and Jerry cartoons.
'Banning Punch would be like banning wine gums because there are alcoholics in the world.'
Barry Town Council is not the first to decide to ban the popular puppet show, with performances being dropped from Cornwall to Kent in recent years.
A Vale of Glamorgan Council spokesman said: 'While planning events for the weekend, a host of traditional activities have been considered to ensure the event caters for everyone.
'The Punch and Judy show that had been considered will not be taking place.'
Barry Island Beats, Eats and Treats festival takes place on June 4 and 5.
Trump Takes Position on Transgender Bathrooms
The matter of allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identities should be decided on the state level, not by the White House, Donald Trump said Friday.
"I'd leave that up to the states,"Trump said on NBC's "Today" show. "That and other things, frankly. Let the states decide. It's much better as a local issue. I don't think it is a federal issue, where the federal government gets involved."
Trump said he believes "everybody has to be protected," but when it comes to transgender students, "you're talking about a tiny, tiny group of the population. With that being said, everybody has to be protected. I would leave it up to the states."
His comments on Friday were slightly different than they were during an April town hall on the "Today" show, when he commented that when it comes to North Carolina's bathroom law, he would have left things as they were, rather than pass a law requiring that people use bathrooms based on the sex listed on their birth certificates, because "there have been very few complaints the way it is."
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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