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Filed under: General — Downunder @ 1:38 pm Mon 7th October 2013

First Story

The victim was female, the two offenders were female and the Judge was female – but the show is far from ladylike.

Two offenders Butts and Cunningham are sentenced to life, for the homicide of a three year old year – South Carolina.

In November of 2009, EMS was dispatched to 207 Congaree River Drive in the Lakes of Summerville subdivision around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Richardson was not breathing and was later pronounced dead at Summerville Medical Center.

According to police, Butts was caring for Serenity Richardson while her mother moved from Detroit. Cunningham and Butts were living together at the time of the girl’s death.

According to a written affidavit, Butts whipped the child with a belt for urinating on the floor. Medical staffers saw bruises and cuts all over the child’s chest, stomach, legs, arms, feet, back and head.

Is this why we can’t give women tougher sentences in New Zealand? We don’t want scenes like this in the court room.

Second Story

Mother arranges sex with her 5 year old daughter and a paedophile.

The woman, whose name is suppressed, was sentenced to four years and eight months jail after she pleaded guilty to indecently recording her daughter, distributing child exploitation material, engaging in conduct that may have harmed a child in her care and conspiring for the sexual penetration of a minor.

Full Story


  1. That’s some fine acting.

    Comment by golfa — Mon 7th October 2013 @ 2:06 pm

  2. And kid gloves for dealing with women who disrupt the court with such a tantrum. Imagine if a man, especially a man who had physically abused a child to death, tantummed like that; Court security officers and police would jump on him quick as, twist his arm up his back, handcuff him and have him out of the courtroom and into the cells within seconds.

    Comment by blamemenforall — Mon 7th October 2013 @ 5:58 pm

  3. Mum jailed for offering girl, 5, to paedophile…

    Just wanting to point to a couple of things in the writing.

    Prosecutor Heidi Watson said the man, who also pleaded guilty to linked offences and will be sentenced later this year, “sucked” the woman into his web.

    The court was told the woman, whose husband worked away, took advantage of her daughter in a ‘misguided‘ and ‘desperate‘ attempt to maintain a friendship with the man, whom she dated about 10 years ago.

    Defence lawyer Senaka Senaratne said the woman was remorseful and at the time she committed the offences, she was vulnerable and was under various stresses, including because her father fell ill and she was being weaned off epilepsy medication.

    Never will a male perpetrator be described in these ways in any media coverage. Contrarily female perpetrators are almost always humanised as much as possible and disassociated from responsibility in any way available. Look at all the things that made her do it.

    The thing I notice consistently is that all abusive women somehow turn out to be “vulnerable”. Sympathy triggers are planted all over the place. I’m truly sick of it.

    Comment by gwallan — Mon 7th October 2013 @ 9:21 pm

  4. That wasn’t just a couple of things – absolutely well said, gwallan.

    Comment by Downunder — Mon 7th October 2013 @ 9:31 pm

  5. Well written gwallan, and we’re sick of it too.

    Comment by Ministry of Men's Affairs — Fri 11th October 2013 @ 9:38 am

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