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ANON ( Mar 31st, 2015 @ 12:20 PM

Cork play on adoption leads to emotional family reunion…

A Cork audience was stunned to silence last week after a performance by a woman who had been adopted led to her unexpectedly meeting her biological uncle and cousins for the first time.

Actor and playwright Noelle Brown was born into the Cork mother-and-baby home of Bessborough in the 1960s and adopted when she was eight weeks old.

Some 35 years later, Noelle decided to embark on a search for identity and trace her biological family.

Though her biological mother is deceased, Noelle made contact with her aunt. She also decided to write a play based on her experience, called Postscript.

This week, unknown to Ms Brown, her biological uncle travelled to The Everyman theatre in Cork to see the play.

After the performance, a post-show discussion took place, during which questions from the audience were encouraged.

An elderly gentleman raised his hand and enquired as to whether Ms Brown had ever met any of her mother’s siblings, other than the aunt mentioned in the play.

When she said she had not, the man revealed he was one of them her biological uncle.

“I was overwhelmed emotionally when my uncle identified himself, but I was also happy that all my birth family that were present were supportive of the play and understood what I was trying to do with this piece of theatre,” said Ms Brown.

“It was already an extraordinary experience, bringing this show to Cork, where I was born, grew up, and where the information on my birth was held.

Both my adoptive family and my birth family came to see the show in Cork and I am so pleased that they did.”

Ms Brown spoke with her uncle after the show and also got to meet her cousins some of whom were even pictured in a photograph Noelle uses in her play.

“The photograph is a family photo and shows my birth mother the day she went into the Bessborough mother-and-baby home, so I am in that photograph too,” said Ms Brown.

“While most of my adoption story has been told through Postscript, I am reminded, because of incidents like this, that the story still goes on and I am thankful to have come this far,” she said.

Members of the audience were taken aback with how the story continued to unfold in front of them even after the final curtain was drawn.

The Everyman’s artistic director, Julie Kelleher, said: “You kind of thought: ‘Is this really happening?’ and it was. It was incredible.”

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 31st, 2015 @ 12:16 PM

Child sex teacher admits new offences…

A self-confessed paedophile teacher who was jailed almost 15 years ago for a series of historical abuse charges has confessed to sexually assaulting other pupils at the same west Belfast school.

In August 2000, former primary school teacher Daniel Patrick Eccles was jailed for six years for the sex abuse of 12 boys at St Aidan's Primary School in Whiterock dating back nearly four decades to 1975 and 1976.

Yesterday at Belfast Crown Court, the 68-year-old - with an address in Granemore Road, Tassagh, near Keady in south Armagh - pleaded guilty to a total of 15 other charges.

They included 13 indecent assaults on two boys, and two of gross indecency involving one of the boys, dating from April 1976 to July 1977. Three other charges were not proceeded with.

No details surrounding either of the abuse cases was given to the court during the short arraignment hearing.

However, Belfast Recorder, Judge David McFarland told the soft spoken pensioner:

"You have pleaded guilty to certain matters and there are consequences."

These include being placed on the Sex Offenders' Register.

Judge McFarland said the former teacher may have been on the register in the past, but that "at this stage" he would be placed on it again for five years.

"However, following your sentencing you will be advised of the exact period," he said.

Eccles was released on continuing bail for completion of a number of reports before sentencing, fixed for May 8 next. Tuesday,

March 31, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 31st, 2015 @ 12:13 PM

Welsh children contact ChildLine over pornography fears…

Welsh children have contacted ChildLine to express concerns about their exposure to pornography.

The charity's offices in Cardiff and Prestatyn received separate calls from boys who were worried about the effect pornography was having on them.

ChildLine has launched a campaign to tackle what it calls the "shocking" number of 12 to 13-year-olds afraid they are "addicted to porn".

One of the Welsh youngsters said pornography made him feel "perverted".

The children's counselling charity - which is calling its campaign the Fight Against Porn Zombies said a UK-wide poll of 700 children showed that one in five had seen pornographic images that shocked or upset them.

One boy who spoke with a counsellor at the charity's Cardiff base said: "I've started to view girls a bit differently recently and it's making me worried.

"I would like to get married in the future but I'm scared it might never happen if I carry on thinking about girls the way I do."

Another youngster who contacted the Prestatyn office said: "I can't help looking at girls in a sexual way and I think it's because I watch a lot of porn."

Des Mannion, NSPCC national head of service for Wales, said: "Children of all ages today have easy access to a wide range of pornography and if we as a society shy away from talking about this issue, then we are failing the thousands of young people it is affecting."

Tuesday, 31 March, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 31st, 2015 @ 12:11 PM

Evil mum jailed after arranging murder of son, 7, and giving body to father as birthday present…

Mexican mother Karina Luna Sandoval plotted with her lover to carry out the revenge killing boasting that the boy's dad would "never forget" his birthday

A bitter mum has been jailed for 42 years for arranging the horrific murder of her young son to get revenge on the boy's father.

Mexican mother Karina Luna Sandoval, 26, accused the her ex-partner, Miguel Beltran, of ruining her life after abandoning her with their son, Miguel Saul.

She plotted with her new lover Gonzalo del Rio Hernandez, 23, for the seven year old to be stabbed to death as a twisted present for her ex on his birthday, boasting that it was "something that he will never forget".

Gonzalo attacked the boy with an ice axe on December 20 last year.
The killing happened when Karina told Miguel Saul to wait in the yard for his father to arrive.

He was then attacked by Gonzalo, who was caught when other family members heard the boy's screams.

After being chased and caught, Gonzalo admitted that he had arranged the murder together with Karina and they were planning to make it look like the work of a mystery attacker.

The murderous couple had then intended to move states for a new life together.
Paramedics who arrived to treat Miguel Saul said he was sobbing and saying: "I don't want to die, I want to grow up and play football."

He was transported to hospital in a critical condition in Tijuana, Baja California in north-western Mexico.

Despite attempts by doctors to save his life, he died two weeks later.

Gonzalez told police that Karina told him: "What better to give the boy's father than his dead child, something that he will never forget and take with him to his grave."

He added that she had complained that the boy interfered with her wish for a new life and she had been planning the murder for three months.

The Attorney General of the State of Baja California confirmed Miguel Saul's death was due to the injuries caused by her mother’s boyfriend.

The couple were arrested on December 26 by police and have now been jailed, with Gonzalo receiving a 40 year sentence.

Tuesday, 31 March, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 30th, 2015 @ 12:17 PM

Bangor woman faces five child sex abuse charges…

A Bangor woman has been charged with the historical sexual abuse of a young girl.

Standing in the dock of Newtownards Magistrates’ Court, Karen Walker confirmed her identity and that she understood the five charges against her.

The 30-year-old, from Bexley Road in the seaside town, faces two counts of indecently assaulting a female child and three further allegations of committing acts of gross indecency with or towards a female child on dates unknown between January 1999 and January 2000.

A prosecution lawyer submitted that Walker had a case to answer “on the basis of the papers before the court”.

Defence solicitor Darren Duncan told the court he had no contrary submissions and District Judge Mark Hamill elevated the case to Downpatrick Crown Court for trial.

Walker, who remained standing throughout her short, first court appearance was told that she had the right to comment on the charges, give evidence herself or call witnesses on her own behalf but she replied by telling the court clerk simply “no”.

Releasing Walker on her own bail of £500 and barring her from contacting her alleged victim,

Judge Hamill ordered her to appear before the Crown Court on April 28 for arraignment.

Monday, 30 March, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 29th, 2015 @ 01:43 PM

Police whistleblower claims Theresa May ignored child sex abuse ring warnings…

Harry Bunker, 72, claimed Theresa May failed to reply when he wrote to allege two senior South Yorkshire Police officers protected paedophile pals during the 1970s

A police whistleblower has accused the Home Secretary of ignoring warnings of an alleged child sex abuse cover-up.

Harry Bunker, 72, claimed Theresa May failed to reply when he wrote to allege two senior South Yorkshire Police officers protected paedophile pals during the 1970s.

The letter seen by the Sunday Mirror accused the pair of trying to sabotage one investigation where a dad admitted raping his daughters.

The retired detective said he was warned of “dire consequences” when he threatened to expose his bosses.

He said: “What went on in the force then was a scandal. For it to be ignored now is just as bad.”

Mr Bunker told how he wrote the note in January 2014 in the wake of the

Rotherham scandal, where 1,700 girls were abused by Asian gangs.

The two officers he named one now dead and one in his 90s were not connected to those cases.

But he said: “It became an open secret that both those senior officers were against investigating sexual crimes against children.”

Mr Bunker called for an inquiry adding: “It still makes me angry.”

He claimed Shaun Wright then Police and Crime Commissioner before resigning over the Rotherham scandal also ignored the letter.

An aide of Deputy PM Nick Clegg acknowledged a third copy.

South Yorks Police “encouraged Mr Bunker to report his concerns.”

Sunday, 29 March, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 28th, 2015 @ 07:33 PM

Kidnapper Hunted After Young Girl Snatched…

A man who allegedly abducted a six-year-old girl in Burnley is being hunted by police.

The six-year-old was taken by the man, who was possibly in a large dark-coloured car, from Nairne Street at around 4pm on Thursday.

She was later dropped off around four miles away in Whitefield Street, Hapton, where she was found and taken home before police were alerted.

Sky News understands she was missing for around 20 minutes.

The suspect police want to trace is described as being white, in his 40s, with a tanned complexion and bald.

Police have stepped up patrols in the area to reassure the local community.

Specialist officers are supporting the young victim and her family.

Detective Chief Inspector Joanne McHugh said: "This investigation is very much in its early stages and we are determined to find out exactly what has happened to this young child and to catch the man who has done this.

"We have a team of detectives who are on with various lines of inquiry and will be speaking to people in the area, as well as looking for possible CCTV footage and forensic evidence. We will also be speaking to the victim.

"I would like to reassure the public that whilst incidents of this kind are rare, we have stepped up police patrols in the area.

"We have specially trained officers offering support to this young girl and her family at this time.

"I urge anyone who may have seen this vehicle, anything suspicious in the time leading up to the incident or indeed anyone with information about this incident to contact the police urgently."

Sky’s Nick Martin said police had begun the process of talking to the young girl.

He said: "It’s really important that police quickly establish exactly what happened.

"Critical will be a clear description of the man, the vehicle he was driving, where they drove, his accent and clothing and of course what happened during the 20 minutes she was missing.

"Officers will already be looking at CCTV from the area to see if cameras captured the abduction and from that they could identify the vehicle and registration plate.

"Police will also be trying to reassure the community and it's likely that extra officers will be put into the area to answer any questions that anxious parents may have."

Anyone with information can call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident reference 0916 of Thursday, 26 March, or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Saturday, 28 March, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 28th, 2015 @ 07:25 PM

Police watchdog to oversee inquiry into officers' failure to act over MP...

The UK police watchdog will oversee an investigation into claims a force failed to adequately investigate an incident involving former MP, the late Cyril Smith.

Earlier this month a retired Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officer said he was told to stay silent in 1988 over the politician.

The unnamed officer said he found Smith in the Stockport home of a known sex offender with two teenage boys.

He alleges he was threatened with the Official Secrets Act and ordered by a senior officer to say nothing about it.

Smith, who died in 2010, was the subject of sex abuse allegations and investigations over decades during his career, first as a councillor in Rochdale and later as the town's Liberal MP.

It has also been claimed that Smith was found with material depicting child sex abuse in his car but officers were told to let him go after he made a phone call.

He was never prosecuted.

The Stockport allegation will form part of GMP's ongoing Operation Clifton criminal investigation, launched last summer, which is looking at how previous reports of child sexual abuse were handled or allegedly covered up.

So far 23 alleged victims have made complaints against Smith to GMP about his activities between 1960 and 1987 at two schools or hostels for troubled teenage boys in Rochdale Knowl View and Cambridge House

Saturday, 28 March, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 28th, 2015 @ 07:23 PM

Abuse probe chief wins appeal over victim's legal aid…

An historical abuse inquiry chairman has won his appeal against a ruling that he unfairly denied legal representation to an alleged victim.

Sir Anthony Hart was challenging a High Court verdict that a bar had effectively been erected against the woman who claims she was molested by a "very high-profile figure".

Senior judges in Belfast backed his case on the basis that she is not expected to be subjected to critical comments in the tribunal's ultimate findings.

Lord Justice Girvan said: "Against the background of a conclusion that the applicant did not face a likelihood of criticism, the dictates of fairness did not call for legal representation or representation at public expense."

She is due to give evidence at the Historical Institutional Abuse hearings in Banbridge which are investigating child abuse in Northern Ireland residential institutions between 1922 and 1995.

The woman behind the legal challenge claims she suffered years of physical, sexual and mental abuse while in the care of the Sisters of Nazareth.

She also separately alleges that a high-profile figure targeted her outside of the home.

Michael Stitt QC, for the woman, stressed how his client faces the prospect of coming face-to-face with the alleged perpetrator without any legal help.

Mr Stitt immediately sought permission to go to the Supreme Court to appeal, arguing there were clear issues of general public importance.

Saturday, 28 March, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 28th, 2015 @ 07:20 PM

Courts: Man who indecently assaulted two of his girl cousins jailed for four years…

A 32-year-old man who indecently assaulted two female cousins has been jailed for four years at the Crown Court in Londonderry.

Patrick Mark Cunning, whose address was given in court papers as Dunlade Road in Greysteel, was convicted by a jury earlier this month of indecently assaulting his first victim in August 2008 when she was aged 13. He pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting the girl's 18-year-old cousin in January 2013.

Jailing Cunning for four years, Judge Donna McColgan QC also imposed an Sexual Offender's Prevention Order on him for 10 years. Judge McColgan said the abuse had had a profound impact on the two victims and that Cunning's offending was a breach of trust.

Saturday, 28 March, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 28th, 2015 @ 07:18 PM

1/3...Former Christian Brother who was jailed for sexually abusing three young boys at a school for the deaf has had his prison sentence reduced…

A former Christian Brother jailed for sexually abusing three young boys at a school for the deaf has had his prison sentence reduced by the Court of Appeal because the Circuit Court operated on the basis of an incorrect maximum sentence.

John McCabe (55), of Kilshane Cross, North Road, Finglas, had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to six counts of indecently assaulting three young deaf boys on dates between 1981 and 1984.

He was sentenced to 12 years in prison with three suspended by Judge Martin Nolan on May 9 2012.

Relying on a recent Court of Appeal decision which found that the maximum sentence for indecently assaulting males in the 1980s was two years in prison and not 10, McCabe established there was an error in his sentence without the need for a hearing.

Speaking on behalf of the Court of Appeal today, Mr Justice George Birmingham said that because the Circuit Court operated on the basis of an incorrect maximum sentence, it was clear there was an error in principle.

At one stage the legislature had provided different maximum sentences for the offence of indecent assault depending on whether the offence was committed against a male or a female Mr Justice Birmingham said.

Counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions, Fiona Murphy BL, had asked for an adjournment of McCabe's sentence appeal because the DPP is seeking to appeal the Court's decision in the James Maher case which found the maximum sentence for abusing a male at that time was two years and not 10. The DPP's request was refused.

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ANON ( Mar 28th, 2015 @ 07:16 PM

2/3...The Court consequently imposed a sentence of five years on McCabe

Mr Justice Birmingham said the offences were committed against three young and profoundly deaf boys.

The offences were committed by McCabe at a time when he was a Christian brother who was a staff member in the boarding school where the boys resided.

The acts involved repeated and frequent offending committed against two of the boys and one incident against the third boy.

The first complaint was made in 2000, the court heard, and McCabe was first interviewed in 2007.

In his second and subsequent interviews McCabe “admitted his wrongdoing” and made full video-taped admissions, Mr Justice Birmingham said. This was deserving of very significant credit.

There might have been options open to McCabe if he exercised his right to silence.

Mr Justice Birmingham said the offences were very serious and the gravity of them was almost self evident.

The boys were profoundly deaf from birth and communicated only by sign language. They resided in St Joseph's boarding school in Cabra, Dublin and
McCabe was in a position of authority over them.

It was also the case that the abuse occurred in the boys dwelling.

In one case, when it appeared a complaint was likely, McCabe took steps to cut if off at the pass by contacting the boys father.

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ANON ( Mar 28th, 2015 @ 07:13 PM

3/3...Mr Justice Birmingham said the court was obliged to put the offending on a scale and awful as these offences were it is that case that even more serious offences had come before the Court of Appeal in its short existence.

McCabe had since left the Christian Brothers, he had married and he had a child.

A psychological report indicated he was not at a high risk of reoffending. On the contrary, he was seen as being a low risk of re-offending and since these incidents occurred there was no reason to believe he had offended further.

There were reasons to believe he had taken very significant steps on the road to rehabilitation and that was to a significant step completed.

Mr Justice Birmingham said the maximum sentence was lower than was intended by the Oireachtas.

The court has decided that the appropriate sentence was in affect five years in total two years in respect of the first complainant, two years in respect of the second and one year in respect of the third, all to run consecutively.

Mr Justice Birmingham, who sat with Mr Justice John Edwards and Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, said the court wished to express its admiration to the men for the way in which they had dealt with their difficulties.

He said the men, who waived their right to anonymity so McCabe could be identified, had been seriously wronged and had acted with “great courage”.

McCabe was returned to prison to serve out his new sentence of five years.

Saturday, 28 March, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 27th, 2015 @ 12:05 PM

Support For Survivors Of Institutional Abuse:

What’s available and where to go - Marketplace and Information event to provide Survivors of Irish institutional Abuse with information on the support services available from Caranua- RISF and many other agencies in UK. working with Survivors.

The Event will take place from 11am to 3pm in Jurys Inn, Broad Street, Birmingham, near New Street Railway station on Saturday the 9th May..

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ANON ( Mar 27th, 2015 @ 11:48 AM

Rotherham: Complaints Made Against 42 Officers…

More than 100 allegations have been made against 42 police officers over their handling of reported child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

According to the Independent Complaints Commission, the 42 under investigation include both retired and serving police officers.

The body is also investigating further allegations against officers whose identities are currently unknown.

Staff from South Yorkshire Police have been accused of failing to adequately investigate on the basis of intelligence, and making inappropriate comments.

Some officers were also allegedly involved in corrupt relationships with offenders.

The new allegations mean the IPCC's investigation into South Yorkshire Police has expanded considerably since November 2014.

Following Professor Alexis Jay's report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, the IPCC had been investigating the conduct of 10 police officers who were involved in incidents mentioned in the report.

Her damning report concluded that at least 1,400 children were groomed, trafficked and raped in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

Friday, 27 March, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 27th, 2015 @ 11:46 AM

Verdict reserved on Liam Adams appeal over rape…

Judgment has been reserved in a bid by Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams' brother to overturn convictions for raping his own daughter.

Northern Ireland's most senior judge, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan, pledged to give a decision in Liam Adams' appeal as soon as possible.

The 59-year-old is challenging a verdict that he was guilty of a string of sexual assaults on his daughter Aine.

As the two-day hearing drew to a close at the Court of Appeal in Belfast, it was claimed that jurors who convicted him were not properly advised on how to deal with the reliability of the alleged victim's account.

Eilis McDermott QC said: "Put in stark relief, the necessity that arose in this case was for the issue of credibility to be tackled head-on by the trial judge in her direction to the jury. That's something that was never done."

Liam Adams, formerly of Bearnagh Drive in Belfast, is serving a 16-year jail sentence for the offences against his daughter between 1977 and 1982 when the victim was between four and nine.

He consistently denied the allegations throughout a second trial at Belfast Crown Court in 2013. But a jury found him guilty of 10 offences: three charges of rape, four of indecent assault and a further three of gross indecency.

Defence lawyers have focused their challenge on alleged flaws in the guidance to the jury at the end of the trial.

They contended that it may have wrongly shifted the burden onto Adams to prove his innocence.

Sir Declan said a verdict was being reserved.

Friday, 27 March, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 27th, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

'Home Alone' Arrest Made Every Day Report…

Every day a parent is arrested on suspicion of leaving one or more of their children at home alone, according to new research.

A study by the Press Association found 105 mothers and fathers faced criminal investigation for leaving youngsters unsupervised in the last three months of last year.

The cases involved children aged between just a few weeks old and 14 years old.

There is no law to specify at what age children can be left alone but if they're placed at risk parents can be arrested and prosecuted for cruelty and neglect.

Figures provided by police forces in England and Wales following Freedom of Information (FoI) requests showed that 30 of those arrested were released without further action, 24 accepted a police caution and 19 were charged.

In other cases, investigations were ongoing or details of how suspects were dealt with were not available.

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, who has called on the Government to provide clarity over the issue, said it was difficult to comment on whether police actions covered by the FoI responses were reasonable without knowing the circumstances of individual cases but described the findings as "important research".

"Parents often get confused by what is happening," he said.

"The Government claims that the judgement as to whether it is right to leave a child home alone is made by the parents.

However, in fact the judgement is made by the police and local council workers.

"Potentially, someone who leaves a baby in a car seat in a petrol station could face prosecution.

Similarly, whereas an eight-year old can be sent to go swimming or to the park on their own, they are not allowed to stay at home (alone).

There does need to be more clarity on this.

"This is where the state interfaces into ordinary life and people's lives can be massively disrupted merely for doing what they thought was right for their children."

Chris Cloke, head of child protection awareness at the NSPCC, said: "Children mature at different rates so it's vital we have a common sense approach that ensures flexibility for parents, as they are best-placed to know what is right for their child."

Friday, 27 March, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 26th, 2015 @ 12:31 PM

Study finds access to child mental health resources confusing…

A report has found that mental health services for children and teenagers are understaffed and overstretched, while getting access to support can be confusing.

The Children's Mental Health Coalition study shows that while demand for services is increasing the number of staff in the area is falling.

The report says that at the end of last year community mental health teams for children and teenagers had just 42% of the staff recommended in the Government's mental health strategy 'A Vision for Change'.

The Children's Mental Health Coalition, chaired by Mental Health Reform, says that this represents a 3% drop in staff compared to the previous year.
It says that during the same period waiting lists increased by 8%.

The report shows that at the end of 2014, almost 3,000 children and young people were on waiting lists, with over 400 of them waiting for more than a year.

The study shows that 89 young people - one third of all child and teenage admissions were admitted to adult wards in 2014.

The report recommends increasing the number of staff in the area, adequate resourcing of mental health services in primary care and Child and Adolescent

Mental health Services that provide an out-of-hours service.

Coalition chairman Dr Shari McDaid said the study found "that there are a bewildering number of agencies involved in children’s mental health care, which can cause confusion at what is already a stressful time for young people and their families."

Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon said the study is a vital aid in understanding the gaps within the service available for vulnerable children and teenagers.

Dr McDaid added that as one in three young people is likely to have experienced a mental disorder by the age of 13 it is clear "just how urgent the need for good quality services and support is".

Thursday, 26 March, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 26th, 2015 @ 12:29 PM

Man (24) sent to jail for sexual abuse of young girl…

A 24-year-old Belfast man convicted of sexually abusing a young girl has been imprisoned for 21 months and put on the Sex Offenders' Register for 10 years.

The man, who can't be named to protect the identity of his victim, indecently assaulted her during visits to her home between March 2010 and March 2012.

Belfast Crown Court Judge Gordon Kerr said that at the time the man would have been aged at least 19, while the girl, a niece of his mother's partner, would have been 10.

Judge Kerr said that the schoolgirl suffered significant trauma in her life as a result.

He added that the man has no history of sexual offending and is regarded as being a low risk of reoffending.

However, Judge Kerr said that in his view there was little mitigation in his case and ordered the abuser to serve 21 months in custody to be followed by an equal period on supervised licensed parole

Thursday, 26 March, 2015

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ANON ( Mar 26th, 2015 @ 12:27 PM

Doctor Brian Morris sentenced over indecent child images…

A Glasgow doctor who was caught with indecent images of children on his laptop has been spared a jail term.

Brian Morris, 29, admitted downloading and possessing almost 500 indecent images, including 23 videos, between November 2013 and March 2014.

The collection was discovered when police raided his flat in Glasgow.

At the city's sheriff court, Morris was told he would be supervised for two years and placed on the sex offenders' register during that time.

The court heard that at the time of his arrest, Morris was employed as a doctor at Glasgow Royal Infirmary doing a research fellowship in relation to pancreatic cancer.

He had also worked at the Golden Jubilee Hospital, Clydebank, and Gartnavel Hospital in the city as a surgical trainee.

Police were granted a warrant to search Morris's flat in Hyndland and officers took a laptop, which was examined by an expert.

From the laptop 481 indecent still images, ranging from level one to level four, were recovered. There were no images at level five the highest and most extreme level.

Of the 23 moving images found on the laptop, most ranged from level one to level four, with one at level five.

The court heard Morris who is currently suspended - made no comment during his police interview and gave no response when cautioned and charged by officers.

Defence counsel Louise Arrol said her client had since been diagnosed with a depressive disorder and Asperger Syndrome.

She added: "It is unlikely he will ever practise as a doctor again."

Thursday, 26 March, 2015

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1/2...Teenage girl (13) has bag pulled over head by man in latest abduction bid…

A teenager girl had a plastic bag pulled over her head in a terrifying attack where she was targeted by a man as she was jogging in a west-Dublin neighbourhood.

The girl, believed to be 13, was out running in Clonsilla, training for her school athletics team, when the unknown assailant struck in broad daylight.

She was approached from behind by the man who pulled the bag over her head.

A struggle ensued and the girl managed to escape unharmed.

The sinister incident occurred at Manorfields Drive Road beside the Ravenwood estate on Monday at about 3pm.

It is the third "suspicious approach" of a child in the Clonsilla area in the last two weeks.

Local councillor David McGuinness said the community is "on alert" over the incidents.

"The community want to see anybody who is involved in something of this nature to be brought in for questioning," he said.

"Anyone who would attack a young girl like that is just a scumbag," Mr McGuinness added, referring to Monday's incident.

After the attack the victim made her way back to the Colaiste Pobail Setanta and alerted school staff.

Gardai were called and five units immediately rushed to the scene, but there was no sign of the attacker.

The school sent out a message warning parents to be extra vigilant.

"Please do not allow students to walk alone in the area. There was a potential incident in the area after school today," the message read.

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2/2...A Garda spokesperson confirmed that there was a "suspicious approach" made on a child and that the incident is being investigated.

Previously, on Thursday, March 12, a girl from the Scoil Mhuire Senior School was allegedly approached at Mount Sycamore Green by a man in a red car at approximately 4pm.

Unlike this week's incident the perpetrator in that case did not come into physical contact with the child.

An alert message was also sent out to parents on that occasion.

"Following an incident in the Clonsilla area last night where a male stranger in a red car approached a pupil of our school, we are asking parents to be vigilant with regard to child safety at all times," it read.

"The Gardai in Blanchardstown are dealing with the incident and taking the necessary precautions," it added.

Then on Wednesday, March 18, two schoolgirls were approached