It's 11.15pm on a Saturday night, I'm tired after a long day with my Daughter who has suspected chicken pox, and I know that inevitably she will be up before 6am but I can't sleep. For the first time ever I'm typing from my bed and not my 60 year old Formica desk in the shitty lean-to. I'm doing this because I have to write this blog post. It's something I feel so passionately about it literally eats me up inside. I normally keep my blog posts light-hearted. I like to swear. I like to attempt to be raise-a-small-smile funny. But I'm not sure this will be so light-hearted because this blog post is about the UK criminal justice system. A system whereby you get threatened with prison for not paying your Council Tax, but you could commit serious assaults and not even see the inside of a prison cell.
I'm an extremely anxious parent. I avoid reading stories about children coming to any sort of harm as the paranoia that ensues drives me flippin mental. I will lose sleep if I happen to read something that really hits a nerve. But there were two occasions where I happened to read about two of the most heinous crimes that I believe have ever been committed. They both happened in the UK. They both involved children and in both cases, justice was not served. I stopped reading and watching the news for a good few months after reading both of these stories as I was so completely fucking disgusted and enraged and heartbroken for the poor children that had to suffer. If you don't read on, I completely understand. I haven't gone into too much detail regarding the crimes as I am already a bag of nerves just writing this but I believe attention needs to be brought. These two stories are horrific but our justice system needs a MASSIVE change. We need sentences that fit the crimes, especially when vulnerable children are the victims.
Andrew Boeckman (who was incidentally allowed to be tried under a different name) is an ex-Eton public schoolboy who was convicted of making and distributing over 2000 indecent images of children. Some as young as two years old. Quite frankly it is so horrifying that I've had to skim over the parts that describe the content of the images. I've read and re-read enough to know that this vile cretin who would take photos of these innocent children being subjected to some of the worst acts you could ever think of is not currently in prison. Guess what? He's not even on the fucking sex offenders register! Why is this? Because his Father is a millionaire Lawyer who is credited for getting the Bankers out of shite. They live near the Houses of Parliament. This piece of shit has probably had one of the most privileged upbringings you can imagine. So privileged that he can be handed a ten month suspended prison sentence for committing unspeakable, detestable, abhorrent crimes against vulnerable children. WHERE IS THE JUSTICE? This depraved monster was born with a silver spoon in his gob which means that even our weak justice system does not apply to him. Let's not forget those other twisted bastards who participated in the watching and circulation. I don't believe they have been convicted either. Andrew Boeckman did get a £1200 fine though, which to him is pocket change. I'm sure that £1200 will go far in getting back the innocence of these children that has been so cruelly taken away in the most atrocious of ways.
Kevin Park is a "man" who savagely murdered his girlfriend's 2 year old Daughter in April 2014. The officer in charge commented that it was the worst thing he had ever seen. Once again, the details are too horrific to go into but the defenceless little girl, who was not even a metre tall, had over 65 separate injuries to her tiny body. A fractured skull, tears to her liver, the list goes on. The piece of scum was convicted. He got a 'life sentence'. Which as anyone who lives in the UK knows, most of the time isn't actually a life sentence. He will be up for parole in 22 years. When he's 49. The family said they are"pleased justice has been served." Justice hasn't been served. In 22 years, he could be free to roam the streets again. Free to pop down the shop for a pint of milk. Free to possibly have more children. That innocent little girl who trusted him to look after her will still be dead. She never made it to her first day of school. Never got to make her friends for life. Watch her favourite cartoon again. Eat her favourite food again. Go to the park again. Be in a nativity play. Go to her prom. Get married. Her life was so cruelly ripped away and the disgrace of a human being that did that is currently languishing in a prison that probably has better conditions than some of our elderly are currently living in. He had 38 previous convictions, a fair few for domestic assualt. Why the FUCK wasn't he already in prison before this? Why was it not mandatory for him to have to report to some sort of authority that he was in a new relationship with someone that had a child? In what planet does anyone think that this monster should be allowed to ever walk our streets again? Why doesn't life mean life?! I am aware people can reform but when you have committed such an awful act on a defenceless child, you should pay for the rest of your life! The monster was emotionless as he was convicted. He was emotionless when he told her Mother she'd fallen off a bed and hurt her head after he'd brutally attacked her in all manner of vile ways. He will not reform, he shouldn't even be given the chance to reform.
Again I ask why doesn't life mean LIFE?
Why should your sentence be a reflection of where you are in the class system rather than the crime you have committed?
My biggest fear is not only my Daughter coming to harm but that if she did, I would be left with my heart ripped out of my body asking "Where is the justice?"
The Kitschy Mumma