Paedophile sisters who sexually abused boy over a 14 year period, from age six, spared jail – because they are deaf

Our thanks to David for this. An excerpt:

Julie Fellows, 30, and her sister Jennifer, 32, targeted the youngster over a period spanning 14 years.

But a judge today went against guidelines and ruled that it wouldn’t be fair to jail the pair – who have never learnt to lip read – as they would not be able to communicate properly in prison, and effectively mean they were in isolation.

He also cited the fact that sign language isn’t available in prison – and that one of the defendants was pregnant – as reasons not to jail the sick pair.

Both had previously been told to expect “very significant sentences” for their vile abuse.

 

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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8 Responses to Paedophile sisters who sexually abused boy over a 14 year period, from age six, spared jail – because they are deaf

  1. epistemol says:

    Sisters “were sensationally spared jail”.
    They’ll find any old excuse not to jail women won’t they.
    Brothers would have got the full recommended 6 years I don’t doubt.
    I’m surprised the judge did not excuse them on the grounds that they could not hear the boy saying no, and then award them money from some victim fund.
    Missed a trick there.

  2. Paul Jackson says:

    This should definitely fall under the ambit of the Unduly Lenient Sentence appeals process of the office of the Attorney General.
    I have been successful in getting the case of Gemma Standbridge, 25, who was spared jail earlier this month at Newcastle Crown Court for a second child sex offence, into the review process.
    Any volunteers for this one?
    Here’s the website.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/unduly-lenient-sentence-scheme-ensuring-justice-for-victims-of-crime-and-their-families

  3. Paul Jackson says:

    The link I posted to the Attorney General’s site doesn’t seem to work.
    If you want to take action on this. Try this address:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/attorney-generals-office

    and to e mail your complaint:
    ULS.Referrals@attorneygeneral.gsi.gov.uk

  4. hequal says:

    I made an image highlighting the double standards of this case, it’s doing rather well on social media right now: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CqcEKvTWcAAP_4U.jpg

  5. Thank you, Paul, I’ll add your information to an piece I wrote a couple of days back.
    Thank you, hequal, I had no idea that was one of your creations when I used the graphic.
    http://www.antimisandry.com/forum/594582

  6. rahsoft2015 says:

    1. doesn’t matter about sign language- because they can be provided an interpreter like every other deaf person( at least for their pysch sessions) … at the same amount of provision of every other deaf person ( which is not a lot ). they can communicate with each other anyway which will be majority of communications. the rest of the prison will not be interested in being nice to them.

    2. i would be curious to know which idiot lawyer was brought in to defend them? because I can tell you about a deaf child being abused by her mother.. and yet UK lawyers are not interested( only the local authorities are, but only if the British child comes into the UK).

    3. To use the deafness as an excuse is offensive to every deaf person who is mistreated( especially when we know its really about their gender …isn’t it).

    4. this is a justice system prepared to be lenient to this women because of the claim of deafness, but is quite happy to allow a deaf person like myself be subjected to several categories of DV and yet just shrug their shoulders… because male.

    5. they are pedophiles who should be on the sex offenders register and have their children taken into care !

    ————————————————————-
    “Abigail Nixon, defending Jennifer, added: “She is in a constant state of tinnitus which clearly affects her every day life.”

    tinnitus( which I also have ) does NOT make you commit sexual offenses

    perhaps Judge Robert Juckes QC would like to come and live my life and see that profound deafness and tinnitus does not make you commit sexual offenses( nor are they an excuse for it). they are more likely to make you isolated, depressed, frustrated etc.

    Judges comment
    “Neither of you can lip read but you have both developed high skills in sign language and that has been a remarkable thing to witness in court”
    yet in sentencing he treats then like children with low IQ who are incapable of understanding what they did was wrong.

    This is only going to make the deaf community become labelled as sexual predators( like the mentally disabled man( iranian?) who was murdered by two local chavs who thought he was a pedophile and ignored by the community police when he asked for help.

    I sincerely hope that the fathers of the children that these women currently have, file for sole custody of the kids( at least for the children’s protection)

  7. Paul Jackson says:

    This case is now ‘under consideration’ by the Attorney General’s Office for referral to the Court of Appeal for the sentence to be reviewed.
    Well done to whoever it was that put in the complaint.
    It’s by no means certain that these abusers will be given the substantial custodial sentences they deserve but at least this travesty is being challenged.

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