A church pastor accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl was sentenced to 60 hours of community service, a $500 fine and a month-long nighttime curfew, avoiding a jail sentence altogether.
Christopher Rose, a 45-year-old pastor at the Living Water World Outreach Ministry, faced accusations in the UK's Aylesbury Crown Court.
The incident in question occurred when Rose reportedly bit the young girl’s ear in a sexually suggestive manner, causing trauma that has subsequently led her to harm herself on multiple occasions. According to the Daily Mail, Rose had acted as a mentor for the girl’s parents, and they had trusted him to be alone with their daughter prior to the incident occurring.
Judge Sheridan, who issued Rose his sentence, explained that the man would be able to retain his position as a pastor.
“He was trusted in the family setting and then misused that position in relation to the daughter. I’m not going to stop him working as a pastor but I think my duty is to protect other young girls of that age from over-familiar treatment,” Judge Sheridan said, according to the Inquistr.
The abuse was considered an “isolated incident” by the court, which assessed Rose as at low risk of re-offending. In addition to his punishments, Rose was also forced to sign the UK’s Sex Offenders’ Register.
A seven pound baby was born to the youngest parents in Britain, according to various reports.
A 12-year-old girl and her 13-year-old boyfriend are reportedly now Britain’s youngest parents, and the girl’s father says although he was emotional when he found out, he is proud of his daughter.
“We only found out she was pregnant a month ago,” said the girl’s father, going by the name Greg, to LBC UK. “That means she was eight months pregnant. The baby is going to come into the world no matter what. You can just be supportive about it. The families on both sides are going to be very supportive about it. It is heartbreaking, but you can't turn back time. You can only go forwards. We don't know where it happened. What you're implying is that we knew they were having sexual intercourse in bedrooms. No. We cannot keep her wrapped up her whole life.”
The girl’s father also says that his daughter’s 13-year-old boyfriend is a “lovely kid” and that he will be a great father. The preteens have reportedly been together for just over a year and are “totally in love.”
"We cannot keep her wrapped up her whole life,” said Greg. “I can't keep a watch on her 24-hours a day, seven days a week. You don't know what has gone on and once the mistake has been made, you just have to support them."
Reports also claim that the girl’s mother is only 27 and was herself a teenage mother. She is now, without a doubt, the youngest grandmother in the UK.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association recently estimated that on average, 10 guide dogs are attacked every month in the UK. So it began to campaign several years ago for stiffer penalties in the hope that will result in owners taking more responsibility for the behavior of their pets and reduce the number of attacks.
Frank Salt, an official spokesman for the Guide Dogs Association, welcomes the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill finally being passed into law. It means a dog attack on an assistance [guide] dog could now lead to the owner of the attacking dog being sentenced to up to three years in prison and subject to unlimited fines, or both. Such attacks are now classified as an “aggravated offense.”
The new law will come into effect in May 2014 and will cover assistance dogs that are already covered by the Equality Act 2010, guide dogs, hearing dogs, epilepsy dogs, dogs which help people with physical disabilities that affect mobility, coordination and dexterity and specific dogs trained to help other disabled people, according to Rochdaleonline.com.
The new law covers all dogs that have been trained to provide assistance. The law does not state that the dogs have to be providing assistance at the time they are attacked.
The new penalties also apply to assistance dogs that are retired, but do not cover guide-dog puppies, as they will not have been trained to provide assistance. (It is currently unclear if the law covers dogs in training.)
The association says it will continue to monitor the number of the attacks once the law goes into effect.
Frank Salt, who is a guide dog user from Castleton, is concerned about enforcement. He said: “I think it is long overdue. I just hope the community police and the police in Rochdale act on the law and take is seriously.”
He added: “My dog, Lewis, was attacked about two years ago now and that is something that still affects me today… t is horrendous when you can’t see the dogs and you can just hear them. The noise is horrific. I think Lewis got over it after his stitches had healed and he was seen by the guide dogs association but it definitely still affects me.”
Source: Rochdale Online
Earlier this year, Rebecca Smith won a UK contest to get her 12-year-old dachshund "Winnie" cloned for free.
Winnie's clone, “mini Winnie,” was created in a laboratory by Sooam Biotech in Seoul, South Korea on March 30.
Sooam Biotech is hoping the publicity from this unusual contest will lead to UK pet owners paying £60,000 ($100,000) to get their animals cloned.
Smith and her dogs will appear on Britain's Channel 4 in a TV special tonight (video below) entitled "The £60,000 Puppy: Cloning Man's Best Friend."
According to The Guardian, Smith told Channel 4 that Winnie helped her to overcome an eating disorder when she was 18.
“We Brits do have a close attachment to our dogs, so it is exciting," Smith told the Mirror Online. "My sausage dog is very special, but she is 12 and not going to be around forever. My boyfriend always joked, ‘We need to get her cloned.’"
"Then I read an article about it and there was a competition to get your pet cloned," added Smith. "We sent in some videos and it just sort of snowballed from there.”
After Winnie won the unusual contest, a sample of her skin cells were transported to Seoul where the cells were put into eggs from a dog of the same breed.
A cloned embryo of Winnie was created and placed into a surrogate dog mom.
“I saw it being born and it looks exactly like Winnie," stated Smith. "It is identical. Personality-wise, I couldn’t tell you because it doesn’t see and it doesn’t hear yet, it is just a little sausage dog that wriggles around drinking milk."
However, a spokesperson for PETA countered, “Cloned animals will develop different personalities. We cannot resurrect animals, but we can give living animals in desperate need a chance at a happy life. Every year, millions of homeless animals are euthanized.”
Andrew Salmon, the 42-year-old UK resident who locked his wife in a garden shed after she insulted his recently deceased mother, has been spared jail time.
Instead, Salmon was issued a 24-month community order, requiring him to join a relationship counseling program. He was also issued a $160 (£100) fine in addition to $242 (£145) in damages.
Salmon spoke candidly regarding the incident, claiming that he had been suffering from depression and his wife was not supportive during his time of grieving.
“She never really got on with my mum or any of my relatives and when my mum died she was horrible and offered me no support - she was extremely unsympathetic,” Salmon said, “She would sing ‘ding dong the witch is dead’ from time to time and didn’t even come to her funeral. It was a really difficult time for me and my family. I decided to lock her in the shed as I knew it would really annoy her and that she would be able to get out.”
The 42-year-old woman eventually escaped through a shed window and returned to the couple’s home to continue the fight, the Daily Mail reports.
“I shouldn’t have done it and I am sorry but I was provoked into doing it and she gave as good as she got. The things she was saying about my mum were horrible,” Salmon said, explaining that his wife was also an instrumental part of the incident, “She was kicking, biting and screaming. I’m sorry the argument ever happened but I never punched her.”
Salmon’s case was heard by a Magistrates court in Truro, Cornwall, where the couple lives.
11Cockfighting: Martyn Dashwood, Jailed for Assaulting Teen, Pleads Guilty to 16 Charges of Animal Cruelty
A 32-year-old man who was jailed in December 2013 for beating a 15-year-old boy until he was unconscious in a park has now admitted to organizing cockfights.
Martyn Dashwood plead guilty to 16 charges of arranging and attending animal fights and animal cruelty at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court in Poole, UK.
He admitted to two counts of unnecessary cruelty to a game bird by failing to provide adequate veterinary care for an eye injury, and on another occasion by “allowing it to continue fighting while injured.”
He also admitted to six counts of causing an animal fight to take place in both Belben Road and Oak Drive in Poole between September 2011 and March 2013, and eight counts of being present at animal fights between December 2011 and April 2013.
Eleven additional charges were dropped by the after his guilty pleas were entered.
Dashwood was released on bail to return to court for sentencing on May 7.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “Cockfighting was banned in England way back in 1835. Yet here we are in 2014, seeing someone appear in court for acts of cruelty which were outlawed almost 180 years ago.”
There is no glory in watching birds die horrific deaths in the name of a so called blood sport,” he said.
Dashwood was jailed for 12 weeks in December last year after admitting he punched, kicked and stomped on a 15-year-old boy during an argument between two groups of children at Baiter Park on September 8, 2012.
Afterwards, as he walked away, Dashwood reportedly shouted back at them: “I’m Martyn Dashwood, I’m in the Mafia, you shouldn’t mess with me.”
At that time, the victim, described his assailant as “a thug and a bully” in a statement to police.
Source: Daily Echo
Everyone knows how much teens love their cell phones, but one British teenager proved she'd go the extra mile to rescue her BlackBerry, which she dropped in a storm drain in Dover, U.K.
“I thought to myself, ‘I’m not leaving this’ and I jumped down to get it," Ella Birchenough,16, told The Guardian. "I wasn’t really even stuck, I just needed somebody to help lift me out but my mum got all panicky.”
Birchenough got stuck in the drain halfway while bystanders took pictures, which they posted on Twitter.
Fortunately, some local firefighters were able to pull the teen out unscathed, but her precious phone was broken, notes Gawker.
Parents who do not give their children enough love and affection may spend time in jail.
Under the UK's new “Cinderella Law," child neglect now includes “emotional cruelty.”
According to The Telegraph, the UK Government will announce the law change in early June.
The change will update current laws that criminalize assault, abandonment or exposing a child to suffering or injury.
Now, parents could go to jail for up to 10 years if they deliberately harmed a child’s “physical intellectual, emotional, social or behavioral development."
The Telegraph reports this would include ignoring, not showing love and damaging emotional development.
The law change also criminalizes making a child witness violence in the home, forcing a kid to be a scape goat and degrading punishments.
The new law is coming into effect because 1.5 million British children reportedly suffer from some sort of neglect. Police hope the change will allow them to intervene earlier before a child is physically or sexually abused.
“Our criminal law has never reflected the full range of emotional suffering experienced by children who are abused by their parents or carers,"
Robert Buckland, a Conservative MP and a supporter of the law, told The Telegraph.
"The sad truth is that, until now, the Wicked Stepmother would have got away scot-free,” added Buckland.
According to News.com.au, the effort to criminalize emotional abuse began in 2012 by Action for Children, a UK charity.
A spokesman for Action for Children says the changes are “monumental step” in protecting children.
An Islington man was found with a gunshot wound to his back on Monday after he accidentally shot himself. According to multiple reports, he was on the way to perform a robbery in north London.
Police suspect that while the man was riding his moped, the gun in his backpack was triggered and he was shot in the back. A man on another scooter is believed to have picked up the gun and driven away.
Dry cleaner employee Sumaira Naeem said the shot man walked into her Essex Road shop and begged for help.
“He showed me a hole in his back,” Naeem said, “but there wasn’t a lot of blood everywhere like you would think.”
Naeem immediately called for help. A few minutes into the conversation, the man took the phone from her and pleaded for an ambulance to be sent quickly.
The incident occurred just days after an 18-year-old man lost his hand in an axe attack just two streets over. While some have suggested that the events are connected, police have denied the accusations.
“Islington is a safe borough,” Islington Council Cabinet member Paul Convery said, “and we’re determined to keep it that way.”
Pets At Home, which describes itself as, “...the UK’s favourite specialist pet care retailer with over 365 stores across the UK,” has withdrawn from sale its range of books by dog trainer Cesar Millan, according to Dog World.
The following announcement was posted on the Pets at Home Facebook page, saying the decision had been “based on customer feedback.”
Based on customer feedback, we're removing the Cesar Milan range of books from our stores. The transition will take a few weeks, so you may still see these in some stores.
‘THE RISE AND FALL OF CESAR MILAN’
In a January 16, 2012, post on Pets Advisor, Cesar Milan’s life and career are reviewed, including the 2004 cable TV show that built into an empire of millions of books sold worldwide, along with videos and DVD’s, Cesar’s website; the Millan Foundation; a Dog Psychology Center; and endorsements by celebrities and politicians. So what happened to topple The Dog Whisperer from his pedestal?
Maybe it’s in his own description of his “dominance theory”: “He says to handle your dog with “calm-assertive energy,” giving it plenty of exercise, clear boundaries and rules, and lots of affection when the time is right. Your dog is a dog, not a human, and is to be treated like one, Millan says. You need to put your dog in its place when it is aggressive, using force — finger jabs to the abdomen, “alpha rolls,” even choke collars — if required.”
A 2009 report in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior showed that asserting dominance over dogs actually increases aggression in those dogs. And The National Geographic cautioned viewers against following Millan’s methods, in a warning on screen during every episode of his show that read: “Do not attempt these techniques yourself without consulting a professional.”
By January 15, 2012, a NY protester said, “Protests are being organized in Columbus and Akron, Ohio, where Cesar is performing,” she said. “There have been inquiries from as far away as Europe, where Cesar will be on tour after his US tour ends.”
Pets Advisor contends that, putting aside the controversy over his training techniques, Cesar has “done a lot of good for animal welfare… and in support of spay/neuter programs.”
He also submits that there are some points in Cesar’s basic philosophy which we should not discard along with his books--that you are responsible for your own dog’s behavior, that your pet needs lots of love and exercise, and that chaining dogs is awful.
So far, there have been no further comments by Pets at Home, and Dog World reports that they were as yet unable to reach Cesar Milan for comment.