Bestiality Charges Dropped
The Prosecutor and the defence are drinking buddies. Does that have anything to do with the charge being dropped ? Who knows. I am still trying to find out. I spoke to the prosecutor yesterday and heard that the bestiality charge was to be dropped, I can only guess that either they didn’t think they could get a conviction, or that there is something funny going on.
Though there is proof of a sexual connection, apparently there was no penetration, so it may make the charge difficult to prove. Mercifully I have not read the entire case file, and am unaware of exactly what the evidence against him is.
He is making an application to be considered to have diminished capacity under section 23 (or is it 32, it’s been a long day) of the mental health act. That means that the likelihood of him serving actual jail time is minimal.
If anyone has access to a criminal lawyer that has some insight into this process, I’d be really grateful for any information.
No matter how vile the crime, I still believe that the death penalty is absolutely wrong. I am not really up to explaining why right now, but despite the fact that I would really like to see Brendan McMahon locked up for a very long time, I cannot imaging wanting him to die.
Van Nyguen is a young Australian who made some bad decisions. He did something criminal, stupid, and indefensible. But he doesn’t deserve to die.
Please take a moment to let the Government of Singapore know that the death penalty is barbaric, primitive, and cruel.
Neither Central nor Downing Street court have an appearance listed for tomorrow, nevertheless, I’ll be at Downing Center at 9am to see Brendan McMahon enter his plea. Of course I don’t know what will happen, but I fear that he will be given a non custodial sentence.
From The Sunday Telegraph, Sydney, 20/11/2005
So he was locked up again – and a judge saw fit to let him out. Apparently it’s really rare for an offender to be locked up for not showing up at the police station, so I suppose that the Police are being hyper vigilant with this guy. Bless them.
Unfortunately the magistrate at Parramatta Local Court isn’t quite so aware of what this man is capable of, and he is out again. Not sure about the court date being wednesday – if the reporter got his name wrong then there is a strong possibility that the date is wrng too.
More info as it comes to hand.
I went to court again today – but by the time I got there, it was all over. Another adjournment, till the 24th of November for a plea.
Who knows what the plea will be, and what type of sentence he’ll get.
David King, the journo from The Australian, was there. He looked at me guiltily, and sped off. Hooray. I think I might be getting over it.
I still feel like the last year has been a test, and perhaps I am coming out the other side. Perhaps.