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In the news 6.06 – 13.6

‘20 minutes of action’: father defends Stanford student son convicted of sexual assault by Elle Hunt

The father of a former Stanford University athlete convicted on multiple charges of sexual assault has said his son should not have to go to prison for “20 minutes of action”.

Brock Turner, a former swimmer at Stanford University, was on Thursday sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

The 20-year-old from Dayton, Ohio – who was convicted of three felonies, including assault with intent to rape – faced a maximum of 14 years in prison.

But Turner was expected to spend only three months of a six-month sentence in county jail after the judge, Aaron Persky, said positive character references and lack of a criminal record had persuaded him to be more lenient. Prison would have a “severe impact on him”, the judge said. ....

Omar Mateen’s domestic violence was a clue to his murderous future by Suzanne Moore

Although not on the horrific scale of his despicable hate crime in Orlandothis weekend, Omar Mateen had form in taking someone hostage and abusing them. His ex-wife now tells us she was “literally rescued” by her parents after four months of marriage, in which Mateen beat her, abused her and would not let her speak to her family. She described him as mentally unstable and traumatised. He had a gun licence and a history of steroid abuse, and her family had warned him that if he tried to contact her they would go to the authorities. “The cops were called in on him” more than once, her father said.

This is worth noting when investigators try to piece together what makes someone such as Mateen tick. He was apparently on the FBI radar after separate reports of “extremist behaviour”, but though he was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014 his connections to terrorism were thought to be insubstantial. Indeed, it may turn out that this was the case, and that Islamic State is merely being opportunistic, claiming responsibility for murder wherever it can, when it has simply detonated another delusional hate-filled loser. ...

Teenager Sentenced to 25 Years for Killing Girl Who Said No to the Prom

MILFORD, Conn. — A teenager was sentenced on Monday to 25 years in prison for fatally stabbing a classmate after she turned down his invitation to the junior prom.

A judge sentenced the teenager, Christopher Plaskon, in Superior Court here. Mr. Plaskon, 19, pleaded no contest to murder in March in the killing of Maren Sanchez, 16, inside Jonathan Law High School in Milford on April 25, 2014, the day of the prom.

Ms. Sanchez’s parents said after the hearing that they were frustrated that the prison sentence was not longer. Mr. Plaskon will be eligible for parole in 13 years under new state juvenile sentencing laws. ...

Home Office refuses to reveal whether women in Yarl's Wood have been raped in case it 'damages the commercial interests' of companies by Siobhan Fenton

The Home Office is refusing to reveal how many detainees have been sexually assaulted or raped inside Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire in case the information becoming public knowledge harms the “commercial interests” of private companies that are involved in running it, The Independent can reveal.

Like all Government departments, the Home Office is subject to legislation that requires public bodies to disclose information that is in the public interest. However, since The Independent submitted a request for information about sexual violence against detainees in the centre in March, the Home Office has refused to disclose this information. A member of Home Office staff argued this was on the grounds that: “disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests” of people involved with running Yarl’s Wood. ...

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