Yes, the play on words in the title is intended!
Well my husband who has never been in any sort of trouble with the police, told the truth in his statement - something that actual child abusers appear unable to do as I believe their standard answers are 'no comment'. My son was punished for his behaviour, that was all, he was not beaten up or assaulted, a fact that has evaded all proceedings to date.
I read Senator Shenton's take on the legal aid system in the paper the other night with some ammusement. Now is there some concern out there that the peasants may be revolting? Are they thinking 'quick lets think of something to keep these minions under control, if too many stand up for themselves and speak the truth we've had it!'
Here's some of the advice my husband received from his criminal lawyer:
This case should not even be in court but you will be found guilty - she's taken to fortune telling as a sideline.
You will be found guilty whatever you say - again the crystal ball is out.
When pointing out the many inconsistencies and lies in my son's statement (ie one thing said then a few questions later a completely different answer to the same question) - told sorry we can not use that as we are not allowed to say he lied.
Told accept to go guilty to a 'lesser' charge of assault, and told there is no point to have principles as he would be found guilty - read his tea leaves this time.
Or was it something else, was she not really a fortune teller and was it a pre-arranged guilty verdict?
I actually think it was the latter, I don't think she is in to fortune telling as she let it slip in her summing up, and I quote:
'I ask the court to find the defendant GUILTY'.
So much for a legal aid defence - a very big public thank you for your incompetence.
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