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Nineteen years ago Nikki Allan, a seven-year-old girl, was murdered on Wear Garth estate in Sunderland. It was a crime of extreme brutality. Nikki's body was found in a derelict building - she had been battered over the head and stabbed 37 times. No one has ever been convicted of this most evil murder. The family need answers and the murderer must be caught !
George Heron, then 24, lived on the same estate, having moved in only weeks earlier with his sister. At first Heron denied knowing Nikki, but he admitted he did after witnesses came forward to say they had seen him with her on several occasions.
There was other evidence. The blade of a knife recovered from his lodgings matched the stab wounds. Blood splatters were found on Heron's shoe and other clothing. His sister told police that on returning home on the night of Nikki's murder, Heron had gone straight to the bathroom where, uncharacteristically, he spent "a good half hour" washing both himself and his clothes. Although Heron had at first denied going out that evening, four separate witnesses saw a man at the Boar's Head and Clarendon public houses fitting his description. The man was seen buying cheese-and-onion crisps - Nikki's favourite - which police believed the killer used to lure Nikki into the building where she died.
After three days of police questioning, Heron confessed to killing Nikki. He had previously denied it 120 times. The bulk of the evidence against him was circumstantial, but police and prosecutors maintained that several of the details in Heron's confession were corroborated by evidence gathered during the course of the inquiry. Police were confident of a conviction.
The trial opened in Leeds in October 1993. Community hatred towards Heron ran at fever pitch, making it difficult to guarantee a fair trial in Sunderland. The distance was no deterrent. Scores of local people, including Nikki's entire extended family, travelled daily to fill the public gallery and often had to be restrained from leaping into the dock to attack the defendant.
The judge in the case immediately identified a problem with the taped confessions. After two weeks of legal argument, he ruled that seven of the 12 interview tapes - thought by the Crown Prosecution Service to be crucial in proving the case - were inadmissible because officers had used "oppressive methods" to obtain the confession. After a six-week trial, the judge directed the jury to deliver a verdict of not guilty. Fighting broke out in the courtroom, Sharon passed out and several jury members were sobbing.
Heron was given a change of identity and moved out of Sunderland. Soon after the trial, his solicitor's office was firebombed. While Heron was in prison on remand, he was slashed across the face by an inmate and left badly scarred. Sharon was secretly invited into the prison to meet the inmate so she could thank him. "I was even sent letters from some of the jurors," says Sharon, "saying they would be haunted by Nikki's murder for the rest of their lives."
My son Brynden was a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome at the hands of his murderer Peter M. Kerrigan.
After spending almost 3 years in and out of court my son's killer was given the minimum possible penalty no mother would ever wish upon the man that killed her son. The charges went from 1st degree murder and Aggravated Battery of a Child to Involuntary Manslaughter the state asking for no more then 20 years Kerrigan agreed to the plea.
The judge didn't even give him the 20 years he gave him basically in stating there is nothing bad on his criminal record he didn't deserve the whole amount of time, and like my son deserved to lose his life. He gave him 10 years in IDOC with time served and 50% off he will serve 2 years, for taking my son's life.
We have passed laws in illinois for harsher penalties and registration but Kerrigan didn't fall into those because he was already there. So what I am asking is that the Parole Board please consider revoking the parole, and making him spend the remainder of his time in prison. I don't feel like the justice system did my son well at all. I also believe if released early he will remain to be a menace to society as well as threats to babies and children in Williamson County, in Southern Illinois.
Justice For The Innocent is a registered organization fighting for the right of children in the USA, UK and Canada.
Our Mission is:
"Justice for the Innocent acts as a protection and prevention for all children from abuse and murder. In our endeavor to protect and prevent, we are proposing and petitioning for a change in the law so that any person who commits a crime against a child receives a mandatory sentence of the maximum sentence allowed in the state which they are being tried. Ensuring children’s well being is paramount to Justice for the Innocent”
A report of child abuse is made ever 3.5 SECONDS! The average time served for crimes against children is 3.5years! Even to go as far as to beating to death a persons own children can land them as little as probation! When are we going to stop this? When are we going to save enough is enough!
60% of people reoffend in just the first thirty six months, 33% of victims repeat the cycle, and 56% of victims end up imprisoned for other crimes, which they hold the abuse accountable for.
Just think about the first two figures if there are 906,000 child abusers (we know there are many more now, but I will use this figure as out of the 3million cases these were the ones which led to a conviction) 33% would repeat the cycle which is 298,980, and 60% of the 906,000 of them reoffend, that is 543,600. Out of the 543,600, 179,388 will go on to repeat the cycle meaning that we now have 1,384,368 abusers and 1,927,968 victims. Now this is just assuming that the abuser has ONE victim.
Okay now let’s look if Jared's Law was in place, 906,000 abusers, locked up, but before they do they abuse 906,000, these children go on to repeat the cycle 289,980 will offend - 33% would repeat the cycle which is 98,663 which equals to 1,294,643 , this would decrease every year. So if Jared's Law as in place not only would it have saved 633,325 children from abuse, but the rate of Drug and Alcohol addictions would decrease,
Teenage pregnancies would
Petty crime would
As would violent crimes 30% of Abuse survivors are incarcerated for these crimes
The mental health issues drop.
We are needing people to get involved, there are several ways for people to help, we have an online petition at our website, http://www.jareds-law.com we ask people to sign the petition and encourage others too, we also encourage people to hold paper petitions for your local communities, friends, family and even businesses and thirdly we are also raising funds to continue raising awareness about Jared's Law, we are currently raising funds to purchase Jared Band's (awareness bands) you can donate by clicking the “donate” button in the menu online.
We ask each and everyone to visit the website and support Justice For The Innocent. You will find over 800 memorial pages of murdered children on the website, each memorial is free of charge. We at Justice For The Innocent believe in keeping the memory of all these children alive. Learn from these children and prevent it from happening again.
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On January 11, 006 the beautiful seven- year old Nizmary Brown died. She was victim of several abuse by her own mother and stepfather, her death impacted all NY.
Brown was allegedly tortured and killed by her stepfather, Cesar Rodriguez over a cup of yogurt and a broken printer. In the view of her father, to quote a USA today article, she was a "troublemaker". On the night of January 11, 2006, Brown was beaten to death. Her mother, Nixzaliz Santiago, allegedly ignored Rodriguez slamming Brown's head into a bathtub while dousing her with cold water.
Rodriguez was charged with second-degree murder, sexual abuse and child endangerment. Santiago was charged with manslaughter and child endangerment. Each accused the other of inflicting the final, fatal blow.
ABC News noted that Rodriguez abused the little girl for months and smashed her head against a bathtub. One of the most brutal child abuse cases any person can imagine and ACS acted negligently leading to the death of this innocent child.