Petition to CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE (CPS)
It is not in the public interest to make Sally Challen go through another trial for murder
It is not in the public interest to make Sally Challen and us (her sons) go through another trial for murder. Stop discriminating against women and take domestic abuse seriously. Please sign this petition asking the CPS to accept a plea of guilty to manslaughter and support our continued fight for justice. On Thursday 28th February our mother, Sally Challen, had her conviction for the murder of our father, Richard Challen, quashed in a landmark decision by the Court of Appeal in light of fresh evidence not available at the time of her trial. The three appeal court judges had the option of substituting murder with manslaughter. If they had it is highly likely our mother would have walked free that day. However, the Crown Prosecution Service insisted that Sally goes through a re-trial. Sally is now 65 and has been in prison for nearly nine years. Prior to the offence itself, she had never committed a violent act or criminal offence and since she has been in prison, her record has been exemplary. As the sons of both our parents we know more than anyone about the coercive and controlling behaviour of our father towards our mother over a forty-year relationship and of the impact this had on her mental health. We have lost a father and we do not seek to justify our mother’s action, but we believe the background circumstances are such that our mother does not deserve to be punished any further. It is within the power of the CPS to offer Sally the opportunity to plead guilty to manslaughter. They do this often in cases where men kill their partners. This would avoid a re-trial which will force not only our mother but both of us, as prosecution witnesses, to relive the events of the original murder trial. It is not only us but every one of Sally and Richard’s surviving family as well as all the friends who knew them as a couple (some of who will be called as witnesses in a re-trial) that support our campaign for Justice for Sally. It is only the CPS support the re-trial. We are supported by Justice for Women (JfW) as well as every key domestic violence charity in the UK and many MPs. Below, JfW highlight a number of cases where the CPS show greater leniency to men with a history of domestic violence who have killed women. Sally has already served the equivalent of a seventeen-year fixed term sentence for manslaughter. A further re-trial will cost the public purse tens of thousands of pounds – it is simply not in the public interest to pursue this case against a woman who represents no danger to society. James & David Challen From the Centre for Women's Justice: Stop CPS discrimination towards women The CPS often offer reduced pleas to violent men, here are some recent examples: Rhys Hobbs killed Andrea Lewis following a history of domestic abuse for which he showed little remorse. At his trial in 2016, the murder charge was reduced to manslaughter and he was sentenced to 8 years (increased on appeal to 12 and a half years). History of violence, no remorse: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-37618934 Dean Jones, who had a history of violence, killed his partner Alison Farr-Davies, charged with murder, but allowed to pleaded guilty to Manslaughter. Sentenced to 13.5 years. History of violence https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4320812/Dean-Jones-jailed-killing-partner-Alison-Farr-Davies.html Jourdain John-Baptiste died following a fall from the seventh-floor balcony of her home. She has been heard arguing with her boyfriend and then screaming for help just before falling. Her boyfriend has not been charged with any offence despite advice from an independent prosecutor that there was sufficient evidence. The CPS are currently resisting a judicial review challenge of their decision - https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/justice-for-jourdain/ In the meantime, evidence has emerged recently of an alarming and dramatic drop in the prosecution of men for rape. In the last couple of years such prosecutions have fallen by 23%. We call on the CPS to end the blatant discrimination against women and to apply their Violence against Women strategy fairly and rigorously. #FreeSallyChallen
Petition to The Oscars, UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, Change.org
Stop the James Bulger Movie from being shown and taken off the Oscars short list.
This petition is to stop James Bulger movie about his murders from being shown and the Oscar nomination taken away. It is a heartless thing to do, there was no discussion to James family about this movie being made and given the ok to go ahead. If any movie is being made that involves real life stories should always check with the victims families before they start filming and should be law. Victims and their families must come first.
Petition to Wolverhampton Crown Court
Support Professional Body Modification Specialist Mac 'Dr. Evil' McCarthy.
Hello, Whether body modification is something you have strong feelings about or not, this case touches upon the issue of supporting professionals, consent, peoples rights to feel comfortable and happy in their own bodies & discrimination... For those of you in the Tattoo & Body Modification community I am sure you will be familiar and most likely be friendly with Mac 'Dr. Evil' Maccarthy. Today it has been been publicised that Mac owner of Punctured Body Piercing & Modification in Wolverhampton. Has appeared in court accused of 'counts of causing serious injury relating to consensual piercing and body modifying'. The charges are in fact Grievous Bodily Harm without intent & Wounding with intent. Meaning section 18 & section 20 offences. It must be made clear that the charges & case were NOT instigated by the individual who received the body modifications in question, as they are completely happy with the way the procedure was conducted & the outcome. None of Mac's customers have made a complaint. The charges were instigated by a third party, which can not be commented on at this stage of the case. Alongside supporting Mac, there is another important issue to raise. There is a growing call for body modifications in the UK. Considering they have been an important part of culture all the over the world for thousands of years, it would be wrong to allow it to die out or more worryingly go underground in the UK. We need to stand together and show that both modified individuals & professional modification specialists wish to have legislation put in place & up held in the UK so both customer & specialist can feel safe & supported. I am just so sad & angry that someone as professional, moral & caring as Mac is being pursued in this way. A large percentage of Mac's procedures are reconstructive, allowing people into military & emergancy service careers. It also stops people seeking reconstructions from burdening the already stressed NHS. Along with running his own studio, he also organises and runs local Tattoo Convention Halloween Tattoo Bash. Which gathers together quality tattooists, artists & independent retailers from all over the UK. Each year he organises a charity raffle at the convention, raising thousands of pounds for local charity's such as Wolverhampton Homeless Outreach & The Haven, a charity and shelter for women & children who are victims of domestic violence. It seems these days with studios & 'home studios' popping up everywhere, run by people with little knowledge or health registration. Surely we can stand together to support professionals who conduct their specialisms on consenting individuals in a knowledgable, skilful & hygienic manner. Please sign to show your support for Mac and for the right to express ourselves in whatever modified manner we wish in a safe environment. Because Barbie & Ken aren't everyone's idea of beautiful. Wish to read more? Please Check out: https://www.hannyajaynetattoo.co.uk/body-modification Many Thanks Hannya Jayne
Petition to david gauke, Secretary of State for Justice
Stop rapists from accessing children conceived through rape
My name is Sammy Woodhouse. I was a victim of emotional and sexual abuse as a child, as part of the Rotherham abuse scandal. I decided to speak out to help expose what was happening to me and 1400 others children who were abused and failed. After rebuilding my life, I was made to relive the trauma again last year when the courts said my abuser Hussain could seek visits with my son. Just two years ago Hussain was found guilty of 23 child sex offences and is currently serving a 35 years prison. How could the courts not see he is a danger to me and my child? I can’t bear to think of him near our family. That’s why I’m calling for a change in the law, a simple amendment to the Children’s Act 1989 that would ban any male with a child conceived by rape from applying for access/rights.I’m not the only one this has happened to. Rape victims like me around the UK are having to share access of their children with the men that raped them. Some women are even having their children removed and custody given to the rapists. This is putting children and women at risk and is extremely distressing. I’m also asking for a full public investigation to make sure all mothers can come forward and share their experiences to make improvements. Advice and support need to be made available to rape victims and professionals to make sure they’re working within the law. The MP Louise Haugh is backing this. I’ve wavered my anonymity to help others - please help by signing.
Petition to Crown Prosecution Service, Alison Saunders
Take domestic violence seriously in courts
Last night Manchester Crown Court’s Judge Richard Mansell ruled that he would not jail Mustafa Bashir, a man who made his wife drink bleach and, at one point, struck her over her back with a cricket bat saying: "If I hit you with this bat with my full power then you would be dead." Judge Mansell concluded she was not vulnerable enough because she was "an intelligent woman with a network of friends" and a university degree.The Judge handed out a suspended sentence of 18 months - a punishment which is not enforced unless a further crime is committed during a specified period. What message does this send out to perpetrators of domestic abuse?Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecution at the Crown Prosecution Service needs to take domestic violence seriously. Like Bashir’s partner, I went through hell with my ex, enduring domestic abuse for 18 years. At one point I was shot with a sawn-off shotgun and then beaten. My 16 year old son took his life as a result of this. I also had a network of good friends - does that mean I was not vulnerable enough too? What ignorance by the system.For years I have been saying that judges who deal with these cases don’t fully understand the issue of domestic violence, including the power dynamics of the perpetrator and victim and how it can make you a prisoner in your home - regardless of your network of friends and how intelligent you are.I am actively campaigning in the domestic abuse arena to see that all services listen to the voice of those who have and still are victims/survivors. Sadly we are experts by experience. All Judges should have mandatory domestic abuse training because their lack of knowledge is putting lives at risk, those lives of the vulnerable people.I am calling on the Alison Saunders to agree to meet me, and show that the CPS understands that work needs to be done so that Judge Mansell’s actions are never repeated.
Petition to Max Hill QC Head of CPS., Winton Keenen Chief Constable Northumbria Police, MP Julie Elliott for Sunderland Central
My advocate and I will have a meeting with a special unit dealing with adult mental health.
I have been battling with a mental illness for twenty three years. Vulnerability attracted an individual who took over my life.At four hours at a time he would groom me into a state of fear, Health & Safety, local government and any type of officialdom, he already knew that I struggled to cope with brown envelopes, the telephone, and debate.This individual decided to sell my property from under me.He got his brother-in -law (estate agent)to come to my property to give a rough idea of the value of my home, after the visit without my permission, he put scaffolding up that remained there for two years.He then took off the roof and because he hadn't paid the scaffolding company the scaffolding was removed and for a further two years I had no roof, the water poured in and caused a lot of damage.I was emptying pails of water 24/7.Then I had to buy a new roof with money I had to find for a roof that didn't need replacing.This individual used my address as his own and when he upset some of his workmen, they broke all of my windows with a BB gun.During his reign he took me to cash machines, he even had to show me how to use the machine as I had no need for them.He also took me to the post office and bank to extort money to the value of £22,000.00 from me.He would write out a cheque letting me think he was paying me back and telling me when to cash it, one was for £15,000.00, it was returned as the account didn't exist.I feel having a mental illness invites abuse.The Police, CPS, and Politicians do not understand my illness.The individual has walked away with my money, leaving me in wet deplorable living conditions and the Police have just allowed this to happen.I have pleaded with Mrs. Alison Saunders, Head of CPS to give me some justice, but she has ignored me.My illness made me suffer in silence for many years until the Police came looking for the individual because he was selling hired power tools, it was then the Police found out what was going on.
Petition to Theresa May MP, Sajid Javid MP
Introduce ‘Helen’s Law': where hiding a body, preventing a burial and obstructing a coroner become criminal offences - with ‘whole life’ tariffs
To lose a loved one is devastating. To lose a loved one to murder is horrific. To be denied their funeral causes unimaginable suffering. I have endured this nightmare for almost 28 years. Ian Simms is serving a life sentence (on overwhelming forensic evidence) for the murder of my daughter Helen McCourt, aged 22, on 9 February 1988, in Billinge, Lancs. For almost three decades Simms has refused to reveal the whereabouts of Helen’s body – denying us the chance to grant her the dignity of a funeral and resting place.The case made legal history as only the third ever UK murder trial without a body. Sadly, as killers go to ever-desperate lengths to hide evidence and evade justice such cases have become more common. Without stiffer penalties they will continue to rise. In January 2016 a Parole Board will decide on Simms’ application for freedom. As it currently stands, the English legal system does not require a convicted murderer (at the end of their determined tariff) to admit guilt or reveal the location of a victim’s remains before being released. If parole is granted, my hopes of finding my daughter may never be realised. No other family should live this ordeal.I, hereby, petition the Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Sajid Javid to acknowledge the pain and distress caused to the families of missing murder victims by: Denying parole to murderers for as long as they refuse to disclose the whereabouts of their victim’s remains Passing a full life tariff (denying parole or release) until the murderer discloses the location (and enables the recovery) of their victim’s remains Automatically applying the following rarely-used common law offences in murder trials without a body*; preventing the burial of a corpse and conspiracy to prevent the burial of a corpse, disposing of a corpse, obstructing a coroner (*as in the case of R v Hunter, 1974 (from Archbold, Criminal Pleading Evidence and Practice 2015) Denying a funeral is, surely, an infringement of basic human rights. Please support me. Picture by Chris Neill
Petition to Sajid Javid MP
Protect and improve policing in the UK. Hold a Royal Commission.
I’m a retired senior police officer who worked in the force for over 39 years. My father served in the organisation before me. Our combined service adds up to over 60 years. I care deeply about protecting our communities and the state of policing and it’s heartbreaking to see the cuts being made. In this country we’ve lost 25,000 police officers since 2010. And the effects are clear to see - with over 91% of crimes taking place without anyone getting charged. At the same time, cuts to other services like health care mean that colleagues in the force are dealing with more than ever before - like people with mental health problems that should be in the care of the NHS. It feels now like policing is in crisis with hundreds of officers leaving well before retirement. Without urgent change, it will only get worse and put us all a risk. That’s why I’m calling for the Home Secretary to hold a Royal Commission. This is a 'root and branch' review of the entire police system, as well as concrete steps forward about what changes need to be made and how it will be properly funded. I’m not the only retired officer who thinks this needs to happen - I’m one of a group of 180 who are leading this campaign. We are called “Retired Officers Who Care”. The will be the first review of its kind since 1960. Policing and the demands placed upon it have changed radically since that time - especially with the rise in technology. The British public have a right to a police force which has the funding it needs to keeps us all safe and secure. Please sign this petition to help make this happen.