They call this justice?

Story link here, linked to This Is Bristol because I refuse to link to The Sun.

A frightened Bristol mum who refused to give evidence against her partner was locked up while he was released.

Tina Connors is so scared of her partner that she was prepared to go to jail instead of giving evidence against him – and spent three hours in the cells for failing to testify.

Her partner Jerry faced trial for ramming her car as she fled to Bristol from him with their three children, threatening her, and later smashing up the car before torching it.

Yes friends, you read that correctly. This woman has already had to deal with the father of her children attempting to force her off the road while the children were in the car before he smashed up and set fire to the car and because she was too scared of him to testify in court, SHE was locked up while HE got to walk free from court. Because of course, it’s much better for the children to see Daddy let off with trying to kill them and Mummy locked up for being a victim. There’s a beautiful victim-blaming quote from the Judge (Judge Mark Horton)

You were more frightened of your husband than this court, which could send you to prison for two years. That tells me how frightened you were.

“If something now happens there’s only one person you can blame. The legal system of this country has tried to help you and you have spurned it.

FYI, the conviction rate for domestic violence last year was 6.4%. Not exactly inspiring for any woman who wants to live a life free from fear. This woman fought to protect her children, made a complaint to the police about her abusive, violent partner and followed it through only for her to be jailed because she should just get over being scared.

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4 Responses

  1. Oh hell, that’s beyond disgusting.

  2. FFS what kind of excuse is that? If her husband had killed her would they have thrown that out of court because she failed to testify? That poor woman :-(

  3. This is TERRIFYING.

    (You know, part of me hates being reminded of how much the kyriarchs despise us. It harshes whatever shreds of mellow I might have left…)

  4. I was just linked to this blog through Hoyden. Just wanted to say it’s awesome.

    As for the article… Argh!! How can he acknowledge that she’s terrified and in the same breath tell her she’s at fault for it? It doesn’t make any sense to me.

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