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Nottinghamshire couple admit abducting baby

Cathedral of the Assumption in Carlow Town
The baby was found in the cathedral porch
A Nottinghamshire couple have admitted abducting a baby who was found abandoned in a cathedral in the Irish Republic.

Andrew Warriner, 24, and wife Georgina, 21, of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, took the child from his home on 21 January.

The 10-month old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Carlow 24 hours later.

The pair will be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court at a later date.
Judge Tony Mitchell remanded them into custody.

Couple heard crying

He described the case as "a very serious matter".
The baby was found with a note, which had his name and date of birth on, pinned to his buggy.

A woman praying at the cathedral heard a couple crying, but when she approached them they fled.

The baby was taken into temporary care by social services in Carlow before being returned home.

The Warriners were arrested at a hotel in Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, North Wales, the following day.

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Parents Hope For Justice For 'Darling Milly'

Milly Dowler: Milly Dowler murder case: man arrested

When Milly Dowler was abducted on her way home from school in March 2002, the desperate and tragic search for the 13-year-old struck a chord with parents across Britain.


The last call she had made was to her father, to say she would be back in ten minutes or so at the family home, in the affluent commuter town of Walton-upon-Thames.

She never arrived, and despite millions of pounds spent on one of the highest profile police investigations in the past decade, no-one has ever been able to tell Bob and Sally Dowler what happened to their child.



In the weeks after she went missing, the Dowlers released touching, home videos of their daughter - ironing her jeans and playing the saxophone - that became etched on the national consciousness as the tragedy played itself out.

They said they could not rest “until the monster responsible for this ghastly crime is brought to justice and is behind bars”.
But thin evidence and a trickle of false leads inquiry had left detectives perplexed. There was no hard evidence – a lack of a forensic trail or a key witness who had seen the abduction.

The painful milestones of Milly’s 18th and 21st birthdays passed, and still, the family waited for answers.
In their last, anguished appeal, Mrs Dowler asked: “How can we find peace? How can we ever understand who could commit such an evil act and why? Imagine not knowing how your daughter died, or where or when and by whose hand, and imagine how we as a family live.”

Then, almost five years ago, for reasons that cannot be disclosed for legal reasons, a new suspect emerged: Levi Bellfield.
Police pieced together a mass of circumstantial evidence and it has taken years of slow and painstakingly casework to convince the Crown Prosecution Service to proceed with charges in this notorious case.

After a senior prosecution lawyer today announced that Bellfield will face trial over Milly’s murder, police could finally bring charges in the most notorious unsolved child murder of the past decade.
And the Dowlers, still at the same home which Milly failed to come home to eight years ago, could finally believe they may be closer to finding out the truth of what happened their daughter.

Amanda Dowler, known to all her friends as Milly, disappeared on March 21, 2002.On the way home from school, still in uniform, she had caught the train from Weybridge to Walton, stopped at the station cafe to share a plate of chips with her friends, and then begun her ten-minute walk home to Station Avenue at 4.08pm.

When she had failed to appear by 7pm, Mr Dowler called police to report her missing.
Officers initially treated it as a missing persons inquiry rather than a possible abduction – a dilemma highlighted again years later by the slow Portuguese response to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, which was also assumed to be innocent at first.

In the days that followed, the Dowlers made repeated multiple appeals for Milly to come home, including a reconstruction on Crimewatch.
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In the weeks after she went missing, the Dowlers released touching, home videos of their daughter - ironing her jeans and playing the saxophone - that became etched on the national consciousness as the tragedy played itself out. 

The parents of Milly Dowler have said they hope charging Levi Bellfield with her murder will go "some way towards providing justice" for their daughter.

 

The former bouncer and wheel clamper, who is 41, will also be charged with kidnapping another young girl, Rachel Cowles, the previous day.
Bob and Sally Dowler thanked detectives for their "painstaking work" over the past eight years.

In a statement issued through Surrey Police, they said: "It's very hard to say how we feel after eight long and difficult years.

"We are extremely grateful to Detective Superintendent Maria Woodall and her investigating team for their painstaking work and support to us over the years.

"We are pleased that Levi Bellfield has been charged with abduction and murder and hope this will go some way towards providing justice for our darling Milly."

Nigel Pilkington from the Crown Prosecution Service said a summons had been obtained from Staines Magistrates' Court and will be served on Bellfield.
Amanda Dowler, known to her family as Milly, vanished on her way back from school in Surrey eight years ago.

 Milly Dowler and Levi Bellfield
Milly Dowler went missing on her way home 
Her remains were found by mushroom pickers in a Hampshire wood six months later.

The case is one of Britain's best-known unsolved crimes.
The CPS began studying a huge dossier of police evidence last August, including new evidence against Bellfield that came to light in December 2008.

Det Supt Maria Woodall, who led the Surrey Police inquiry, welcomed the decision.
She said: "Milly's family have been kept informed of all the developments and our thoughts remain with Milly's family today.

"We ask that the media respect their privacy as this continues to be an extremely difficult and traumatic time for them."
Police continue to search for a red Daewoo Nexia car they believe was used to transport Milly's body.

Last October members of Scotland Yard's underwater search team scoured Bedfont Lake, near London's Heathrow Airport, after a tip-off claiming the car was dumped there. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Internet paedophile picture released by police

Photo of a paedophile who filmed himself sexually assaulting young boys before posting the footage on the internet

The man is possibly from the Manchester area

Police are hoping to identify a paedophile who filmed himself sexually assaulting young boys before posting the footage on the internet.

The Metropolitan Police Service's Paedophile Unit released an image in a bid to trace the man, who is white and aged about 40.
The video footage shows the man abusing a number of children who are thought to be between six and 10 years old.

He speaks with a northern accent and is possibly from the Manchester area.

The image shows the suspect dressed in loose red trousers and a black top reclining on a bed next to a boy while another youngster looks on.

He is thought to have visited countries including Egypt, Malaysia and Italy and has strong links to Dubai.
Police believe the assaults happened abroad.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Met's Paedophile Unit on 0207 161 2780, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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Moors Murders: Donations fund search for Keith Bennett

Keith Bennett
Keith Bennett's body has never been found on Saddleworth Moor
 
A privately-funded search for the body of Moors Murders victim Keith Bennett has begun in the Pennine hills near Manchester.

The 12-year-old vanished from his home in Longsight, Manchester, in 1964. He was one of five children abducted and murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

Police abandoned the search for Keith's body last year, saying it would resume only if new information came to light.

Donations of money from hundreds of people have funded the search.
Keith's mother Winnie Johnson, 76, has not been able to hold a funeral for her son as his body has never been found.

The BBC's North of England correspondent Danny Savage said the privately-funded search, carried out by volunteers from a Welsh search and rescue team, offered Mrs Johnson new hope that her son's grave might be located.

Myra Hindley and Ian Brady
Hindley and Brady confessed in 1987 to killing Keith
 
"This is probably her last hope of locating her son's body," he said.
"With Myra Hindley already dead, she told me she wasn't going to be defeated by what Ian Brady did.
"But finding Keith Bennett's body in this vast area will be difficult.

"The police and advanced technology have been defeated for years but Keith Bennett's mother is clinging to the hope that this search will deliver."

Keith was snatched as he walked to his grandmother's house in Longsight.
He was the third of the Moors Murderers' five child victims.

Pauline Reade, 16, disappeared on her way to a disco on 12 July 1963, and John Kilbride, 12, was snatched in November of that year.

Lesley Ann Downey, 10, was lured away from a funfair on Boxing Day 1964 and Edward Evans, 17, was killed in October 1965.

Brady and Hindley confessed in 1987 to killing Keith.

Hindley died in jail in November 2002, aged 60. Brady has spent the past 25 years at the high-security Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside.

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Girl hostage-taker kills himself

A man has killed himself after taking an 11-year-old girl hostage in an incident in the Highlands.

Police said armed officers were called to Beauly following reports of a child being abducted by a man suspected of being armed with a gun.
Officers traced the man to Ferry Road in Dingwall and the girl was released following negotiations.

The 50-year-old man later took his own life. Police said he and the child were not related.
The incident started at 2200 GMT on Tuesday and ended at 0420 GMT.

Family liaison officers were with the relatives of both the man and child.

I knew something really bad had happened 
because there was a screen up at one side of the car
Marilyn Ross
Local resident


Local resident Marilyn Ross said heard voices outside her home
at about 2300 GMT, but thought it was fans still celebrating Ross County FC's win over Hibernian at the nearby Victoria Park football ground.

Looking out a window saw police talking to a man in a car and could hear raised voices. She later went to bed.

A MAN shot himself dead following a three-hour stand-off with armed police after he abducted the 11-year-old daughter of a former girlfriend.

When she woke at 0630 GMT there were police forensics at the scene, she said.
She said: "I knew something really bad had happened because there was a screen up at one side of the car.
"There were police in white suits and masks.
"It is really quite scary that this happened just outside our house."

'Extremely traumatic'

Northern Constabulary said the girl had been through an extremely traumatic ordeal.
A spokesman said firearms officers who attended the scene had also had a difficult experience and have been offered support.

Area commander for Ross and Cromarty, Ch Insp Mike Coats, said the force's inquiries were continuing.
He added: "Both families have been through an extremely traumatic ordeal.

The girl was left "traumatised" after she was taken from her mother's home in the Highlands late at night and driven about ten miles away, where she was held in a car.

"This has also been a traumatic time for the police personnel involved in the incident and we will provide the necessary support to help them deal with this."
The force will send a report on the incident to the procurator fiscal.

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Mum tells of day her disabled daughter told her she had been abused for 14 years

Anne Greig told the Guardian how her ‘whole life fell into a black hole’ when her daughter with Down's Syndrome first told her she had been raped by a paedophile ring.

It was in 2000 when Hollie Greig, now 30, confided the alleged abuse to Anne. She told her mum that she had been been attacked regularly since 1986.

Hollie had not told Anne because her gang of attackers allegedly told her that they would kill her pet dog and mum if she recounted the violations.
When the abuse started at six, Hollie, because of her Down’s Syndrome, did not have the speech skills to tell her mum.

Anne, who now lives in Shropshire, said: “To hear your little girl who is partially deaf, was born with heart problems and developed sclerosis of the spine at 12, got through all of that but was being abused since the age of six - my whole life fell into a black hole.”

Anne immediately went to the police on 19 May 2000 and by August Hollie had named 16 abusers and two other victims, allegedly children of one of the paedophiles aged two and three. After getting a psychiatrist to confirm that Hollie was a reliable witness Anne returned to the police, but they only ever interviewed two suspects.

In September, to her ‘horror’, Anne was sectioned and accused of being schizophrenic. She believes this was an attempt to discredit her as a mother.

“To my horror I woke up in a mental hospital with doctors taking blood out of my arm - the worst thing was with me in there Hollie could end up back with her attackers.”

Anne was released from hospital and was certified mentally stable by Dr Ellen Smith who said there was ‘absolutely nothing wrong’ with her, according to Anne. Her solicitor Yvonne McKenna wrote to the Mental Welfare Commission and was told there was no record of Anne’s sectioning.

She is convinced there is a conspiracy to prevent her getting Hollie’s case heard and even said that her brother, Robert Greig, was murdered in 1997 after walking in on Hollie being abused. His death was recorded as suicide via smoke inhallation but an autopsy report recently secured by Anne apparently shows that Robert suffered a broken back and fractured skull just before he died.

Anne has now been left fighting for justice against what she perceives as a ‘huge cover up’.
“It’s diabolical, a disgrace, the whole system is corrupt - no solicitor will take the case as there has been a huge cover up.

“These were people I thought of as friends and abuse was going on behind my back.
“Hollie watches cartoons where the baddies get caught and she can’t understand why, after telling the truth, nothing is happening.”

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Killer Roy Whiting found with pictures of his child victim Sarah Payne

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The paedophile who murdered eight-year-old Sarah Payne has been caught poring over pictures of her in his jail cell.


Evil Roy Whiting, 51, above, was found with a stash of ­photographs of victim Sarah and other little girls at his high-security prison.

The sickening discovery will devastate Sarah’s mother Sara, who has fought a decade-long crusade against ­child-sex offenders after Whiting abducted and murdered her child. 

It will also fuel outrage over the monitoring of child murderers coming just weeks after James Bulger’s killer Jon Venables was recalled to prison over child porn ­allegations.


The pictures of Sarah, below, were among photos of little girls discovered during a routine search at Wakefield Prison, Yorks, dubbed Monster Mansion as it houses the country’s most dangerous murderers and rapists.


Hardened officers were shocked to find the ­images, which Whiting had carefully torn from magazines and newspapers.


Sarah Payne (Pic:PA)
The revelation caused outrage among child ­protection charities.
Kidscape director Claude Knights said: “It’s sickening that he managed to secrete these pictures away. It shows whatever treatment programme he is ­undergoing is not working and how dangerous he still is.


“It’s horrendous that he hid pictures of the child he murdered in his cell. It’s beyond words. It’s alarming for not just the family but for the whole nation.”


A ­confidential Ministry of Justice document seen by The Sunday Mirror states: “It is of serious concern that the ­security information indicates hidden newspaper cuttings of Mr Whiting’s victim and young girls were discovered during a cell search.

“It appears his interest in young girls continues.”


Whiting snatched Sarah from a lane in 2000 near her grandparents’ home in Kingston Gorse, West Sussex, and her body was discovered 15 miles away in a field in Pulborough 16 days later.


Fibres from Whiting’s van were on Sarah’s shoe but he has refused to say what happened. The report says: “As Mr Whiting does not accept ­responsibility, an explanation of what occurred is not available.”


Whiting’s risk to children was assessed in the 2009 report as “very high” were he to be released, and “medium” even in custody.

His next parole hearing will be in 2026, when he will be 66, but he will only be considered for release if he reaches the age of 93.

Whiting had a previous conviction for kidnap and indecent assault before he murdered ­Sarah. 

Sara Payne (Pic:UPPAPhotoshot)
Her mum Sara, 40, above, now partly paralysed by a stroke, fought a long and finally successful campaign for the release of information on sex offenders – “Sarah’s Law”.


The report says he has also refused to discuss details of his ­previous offences, committed in 1995.

Whiting – nicknamed Catweasel by inmates because of his unkempt appearance – has no contact with the outside world.


A Ministry of Justice ­spokesman said: “We don’t ­comment on ­individual cases.

“Where inappropriate ­materials are found in prisoners’ cells they are immediately ­removed and the prisoner may be subject to disciplinary ­proceedings.


“Behaviour in prison is one of the factors considered by the parole board in their ­decision making.”

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Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a teenage girl missing from Wakefield.
 
Kaiya Hughes, 15, has been missing from an address in the Wakefield area since Sunday, February 21.

She is described as white, around 5' 7" tall, of slim build and with collar length black hair.

She was last seen wearing a pink tracksuit top, grey tracksuit bottoms and black trainers.

It is believed she could be in the Halifax area.

Anyone with any information on Kaiya's whereabouts or who thinks they have seen her is asked to contact Pc 3076 Paul Taylor, the Calderdale Missing Person Coordinator between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday on 01422 337047 or 08456060606.

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Brit Boy On Way Home As Trio Arrive At Court

Five-year-old Sahil Saeed freed by kidnappers in Pakistan is on his way home to Britain as three people arrested in connection with his abduction arrive at court.


The youngster, from Oldham, and his father Raja Saeed boarded a flight in the capital Islamabad bound for the UK at around 10am, Sky sources have said.
It comes as two Pakistani men and a Romanian woman arrived at a court in Tarragona, Spain, for an initial hearing.
The trio were taken into custody yesterday when Spanish police raided a flat in Constanti after a £110,00 ransom for Sahil's safe return was paid.
Earlier, Sahil met his father at the British High Commission in Islamabad for the first time since he was snatched by gunmen two weeks ago.
Sahil appeared "really happy" and enjoyed a game of football during the reunion, a commission spokesman said.


Five-year-old British Sahil Saeed plays with a football at the British high Commission in Islamabad
Sahil enjoyed a kick around in the garden of the British High Commission

The elated youngster had a few words for his mother in Oldham: "Mummy I miss you... mummy I love you."
Mr Saeed, 28, said in a statement that he was "completely overjoyed" to see his son "doing well" and "in good spirits".
"I would like to pay tribute to the tireless efforts of the Pakistani and UK authorities that resulted in the safe return of Sahil to us," he added.
Sahil was on holiday with his father in the Punjab region when he was abducted on March 5.
He was found by locals wandering in a field on Tuesday, alone but well, and handed over to Pakistani police.


Spanish policemen handcuffing two men during a police operation in Constanti
Police in Spain swooped on a flat in Constanti and arrested three people

Sky's Asia correspondent Alex Crawford said: "Sahil said he had been kept in a village and was looked after by a woman.
"He enjoyed a horse-riding trip, a ride on a donkey cart and was given a bicycle and toy gun to play with.
"Doctors who examined him said he was in good shape."
Meanwhile, more dramatic details have emerged about Sahil's abduction and the police investigation.
Spanish police said Sahil's father went to Paris to pay the ransom demand made by his son's kidnappers.
Surveillance officers watched him make the transfer, saw the recipients divide up the cash, and later swooped on a number of suspects. About £105,000 in cash was also recovered.

Pakistan's interior minister is still insisting that some member of the family was involved, but we're being told to wait and all will be revealed later on.
Sky's Asia correspondent Alex Crawford
As well as the three held in Spain, two other people suspected of assisting in the abduction were arrested in Paris.
Crawford said there are still many unanswered questions in the investigation that she likened to "a scene out of some top crime novel".
"Pakistan's interior minister is still insisting that some member of the family was involved, but we're being told to wait and all will be revealed later on," she said.
"The minister has, on several occasions, said that Raja himself is not a suspect but he is wanted as a witness and police want to speak to him."
Mother Akila Naqqash, who is at the family home in Oldham, spoke of her joy earlier this week after Sahil was found.
"I need to see him with my own eyes to believe it," she said.
Sahil's great uncle Choudry Matlub told Sky News the family were planning a big celebration for when the youngster returns.

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Body Of Missing Teen 'Found In Church Roof'

A body found hidden in the roof of an Italian church is thought to be that of a teenage girl who went missing 17 years ago.

Alisa Claps
Elisa Claps was last seen in 1993 in the Italian town of Potenza


The disappearance of 16-year-old Elisa Claps has gripped Italy for almost two decades, with no trace of her ever found.

The mystery even reached England - with the prime suspect in the case now living in Bournemouth.
Danilo Restivo lived in the same Italian town as Elisa and it is alleged he was the last person to see her alive at the church where her body has now been found.

He was convicted of perjury in Italy after magistrates did not believe he was telling the truth about his whereabouts on the day Elisa went missing.
In October 2009 the Italian national was sent bullet cartridges in the mail as part of an apparent threat over the teen's disappearance.
Mr Restivo has also been questioned by Dorset detectives in connection with the 2002 murder of housewife Heather Barnett.

From the effects that have been found and positively identified by the family, it would seem that it is the body of Elisa but DNA will give the definitive result.
Potenza police chief Romolo Panico
She was found by her children horribly mutilated in the bedroom of her home, clutching cut strands of someone else's hair.

Police inquiries have focussed on the unidentified bits of hair.
Detectives appealed to women who had noticed some of their hair had been cut off after travelling on public transport to contact them.

No one has ever been charged with Mrs Barnett's killing.
As part of their investigation, Dorset police travelled to Italy to investigate possible links between her death and the disappearance of Elisa.

On Wednesday night, Italian police were called to the Most Holy Trinity Church in Potenza, southern Italy, after workmen found human remains bricked into the roof along with personal effects.


Danilo Restivo
Danilo Restivo has received threats over the disappearance of Elisa

While DNA tests will be carried out to confirm the identity of the remains, family members said a necklace, watch, sandals and glasses found at the scene belonged to Elisa.
"From the effects that have been found and positively identified by the family, it would seem that it is the body of Elisa but DNA will give the definitive result," Potenza police chief Romolo Panico said.

An evening service due to be held at the church was immediately cancelled as forensic scientists arrived to seal off the roof and rest of the building.
Elisa was last seen alive at the church in September 1993 and it had been thoroughly searched at the time, but nothing was ever found.

Italian authorities added they could not rule out that she had been killed elsewhere and her body dumped there as "the roof of a church is the last place you expect to find a corpse".

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Home Sec: Why No Panic Button On Facebook?

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Facebook has just overtaken Google as the most visited website in the US

Home Secretary Alan Johnson is to meet Facebook bosses to ask why it does not have a 'panic button' for children concerned about paedophiles, Sky News has learned.

It follows the case of teenager Ashleigh Hall, who was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a serial sex offender she met on the social networking site.

Paul Chapman killed the 17 year old from from Darlington after posing as a teenager himself and arranging a date with her.

Knowing Ashleigh would suspect him when she saw him arrive as a balding, older man, he sent her a text to say his father was coming to meet her.
He texted: "My dad's on his way babe", and when Chapman arrived, Ashleigh texted back: "He's here babe."

Chapman, 33, of no fixed address, was sentenced to a minimum of 35 years by Judge Peter Fox QC at Teesside Crown Court.


Ashleigh Hall
Ashleigh's body was found dumped in a field near Sedgefield 

The judge said the case was a "salutary lesson for teenage girls and parents rising from the now obvious dangers that can be associated with social networking".

Det Supt Andy Reddick, who led the investigation, cautioned against meeting strangers through sites such as Facebook.

"It's clear from our investigation that sexual predators are using these sites to target their next victim," he said.
"Our message is do not meet people who you have only met on social networking sites."

:: Facebook has overtaken Google to become the most visited website in the US for the first time, according to industry analysts Experian Hitwise.

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Denise Pipitone - an Italian tragedy

The 2004 disappearance of Denise Pipitone in Sicily was so strange that she has been dubbed “Italy’s Madeleine McCann”.

On 1st September 2004 Denise, then aged four, was playing outside her house in Mazara del Vallo [Trapani] while her mother was preparing lunch. She was last seen at 11.45 am. By noon there was no trace of her.

On 18th October 2004 a bank security guard saw a child who resembled Denise in Milan. The child was with a group of people who appeared to be travellers or Roma. The guard called the police but the group left before they arrived. The guard took a videoclip with his cellphone and in it the child speaks to a woman in the group in Italian.

Denise’s mother, Piera Maggio, told the press that she believed the child was her daughter and a police analysis of the clip found physical resemblances to Denise but it was not possible to confirm the child’s identity.

Since then, as in the Madeleine McCann case, there have been many unconfirmed “sightings”, most notably of a child found on Kos in 2008. However, DNA tests confirmed that the woman looking after that child was her biological mother.

Piera Maggio has never given up her efforts to find Denise and she was largely responsible for the passing of a law making the abduction of a minor without demanding a ransom a crime in Italy and for an amendment imposing more severe penalties.

Now, however, the case has taken on an upsetting and sinister twist: Denise’s 22-year-old stepsister, Jessica Pulizzi, has been indicted on charges of complicity in kidnapping and her trial began, in her absence because of illness, yesterday. Jessica’s mother, the first wife of Piero Pulizzi, is also under investigation.



The hypothesis is that Jessica Pulizzi abducted Denise in order to avenge Piera Maggio, the woman she blamed for the break-up of her parents’ marriage. Pulizzi’s former boyfriend is also being tried for giving false statements to the prosecutor.
Meanwhile Piera Maggio’s agony continues.
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Women, girls rape victims in Haiti quake aftermath

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — When the young woman needed to use the toilet, she went out into the darkened tent camp and was attacked by three men.
"They grabbed me, put their hands over my mouth and then the three of them took turns," the slender 21-year-old said, wriggling with discomfort as she nursed her baby girl, born three days before Haiti's devastating quake.

"I am so ashamed. We're scared people will find out and shun us," said the woman, who suffers from abdominal pain and itching, likely from an infection contracted during the attack.
Women and children as young as 2, already traumatized by the loss of homes and loved ones in the Jan. 12 catastrophe, are now falling victim to rapists in the sprawling tent cities that have become home to hundreds of thousands of people.

With no lighting and no security, they are menacing places after sunset. Sexual assaults are daily occurrences in the biggest camps, aid workers say — and most attacks go unreported because of the shame, social stigma and fear of reprisals from attackers.

Rape was a big problem in Haiti even before the earthquake and frequently was used as a political weapon in times of upheaval. Both times the first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was ousted, his enemies assassinated his male supporters and raped their wives and daughters.

But the quake that killed an estimated 200,000 people has made women and girls ever more vulnerable. They have lost their homes and are forced to sleep in flimsy tents or tarp-covered lean-tos. They've lost male protection with the deaths of husbands, brothers and sons. And they are living in close quarters with strangers.

The 21-year-old said her family has received no food aid because the Haitian men handing out coupons for food distribution demand sexual favors.
Sex-for-food is not uncommon in the camps, said a report issued Tuesday by the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development in Haiti. "In particular, young girls have to negotiate sexually in order to get shelter from the rains and access to food aid."

At the camp on Monday where the young mother was gang-raped, a woman in shorts tried to bathe discreetly. Stripped to her waist, she faced her blue tarp tent, her back to the rows of other shelters.
Nearby, a teenage girl squatted behind a pile of garbage, trying to avoid the stench and clouds of flies around tarp-covered latrines that provide the only privacy, but also are places where women are attacked.

In this camp, some 47,000 people live crowded into what used to be a sports ground in a neighborhood that always has been dangerous. Residents include a dozen escaped prisoners, among them a man accused of a notorious murder, according to Fritznel Pierre, a human rights advocate who lives at the camp.

"But nobody says anything because they're scared, scared of the criminals and scared of the police," he said.
Pierre has documented three other gang rapes in the camp, including of a 17-year-old who says she was a virgin before six men attacked her and raped her repeatedly.

"I really worry about the teenager because she has no one to look out for her. She says she sees her attackers but is afraid to report them because she would then have to leave the camp and she has nowhere to go," Pierre said.

Investigators for Human Rights Watch reported the first three gang rapes to U.N. officials. Then, two weeks later, on Feb. 27, the 21-year-old mother was gang-raped.
Only a week later did U.N. police officers begin patrolling.

"For me it seems completely bizarre that for this one camp that everyone knows is unsafe, it's taken them three weeks to get a patrol going," said Liesl Gerntholtz, executive director of the agency's women's rights division. "It's unrealistic to expect patrols in camps all the time, but I think they can identify hotspots and provide security to those spots."

Pierre complained that the U.N. patrols are ineffective. "They only drive their cars down the one road that covers only a small portion of the camp. They never get out of their cars," he said.
In the hilltop suburb of Petionville, where plush mansions look out over slums on hillsides and in ravines, a 7-year-old rape victim was being treated Monday in the hospital of a tent camp set up on a golf course. Another child, a 2-year-old, had been raped in the same camp two weeks earlier.

The toddler is taking antibiotics for a gonorrhea infection of the mouth, according to Alison Thompson, who is the volunteer medical coordinator for a Haitian relief group created by Sean Penn. She helped treat both children.

"Women aren't being protected," Thompson said. "So when the lights go down is when the rapes increase, and it's happening daily in all the camps in Port-au-Prince."

Besides sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, victims face possible HIV infection. Haiti has the highest infection rate for the virus that causes AIDS in the Western hemisphere, with one in 50 people infected.
Among the many rape victims is an 18-year-old girl who lost her parents, grandmother, a sister and three cousins to the quake. She was roaming the streets distraught when a man approached her, promising her his wife would look after her, she said.

The middle-aged man took her to a house, then left and came back with two men. The three raped her repeatedly until she managed to escape.
The teen is among dozens of rape victims who have sought help from KOFAVIV, a group of Haitian women who survived political rapes in 2004. Their offices were destroyed in the quake and they now operate from a tent.

They brought the victims to American volunteer lawyers who came to Port-au-Prince a week ago to identify Haitians who may qualify for humanitarian parole to live in the United States.
"I've been here five days and have spoken to 30 (rape) survivors including a dozen under 18. Their stories are horrific. I would be catatonic," said San Francisco lawyer Jayne Fleming.

Few rapes are reported because women often face humiliating scrutiny from police officers who suggest they invited the attacks and even nurses who contend young girls were "too hot" in their dress style, according to Delva Marie Eramithe, a KOFAVIV leader.

Her own 18-year-old daughter was saved from an attacker who dragged the girl into a dark alley between tents at the downtown camp sprawling across Champs de Mars plaza. The assailant did not see the teen's three sisters, who had been walking behind her, and all four of them managed to beat him and run him off.
Soon after, he returned to their tent with three other men and a gun, Eramithe said.

While a male neighbor argued with the men, Eramithe and her daughters went to a nearby police station to report the attempted rape.
"We told them the man who attacked her was right there at our tent, just two blocks away," Eramithe said. "But one policeman said they had received reports of nothing but raping, thefts and domestic beatings all day and there's nothing they can do. The other police officer said the only person who can do anything is President (Rene) Preval."

When she insisted, they gave her the license plate of a police van patrolling the camp perimeter. Eventually she found the patrol car but that officer "told us to go and get the attacker and bring him to them."
Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers said only 24 rapes have been reported to Haitian authorities this year. Several suspects were detained, but many escaped when prisons collapsed in the quake, he said.

Police Chief Mario Andresol blamed the attacks on the more than 7,000 prisoners who escaped. "Bandits are taking advantage to harass and rape women and young girls under the tents," he told reporters two weeks after the quake.
"We are aware of problem ... but it's not a priority," Information Minister Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue said last month.

Haitian police officers with stations minutes from some of the largest camps do not patrol — a fact that spokesman Desrosiers blames on the loss of dozens of officers killed in the quake, as well as scores who remain missing and more than 250 who were injured.

Still, that leaves some 9,600 Haitian police officers and 2,000 U.N. police officers.
The first signs of action came when U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived Sunday, and a contingent of female U.N. and Haitian police officers set up a tent at the camp.
Ban promised the camps will be "safe and secure."

He praised the security offered by Haitian and U.N. police and told the women officers: "We must protect these women and girls. ... If they are sexually abused and attacked and raped, that is totally unacceptable and intolerable, and we must stop it."

On Monday, a man with a bullhorn was at the camp during a food distribution, saying "We don't want men raping women, do we?"
No, the women waiting in line yelled back.

Still, the fear was palpable among the most vulnerable. The 18-year-old orphaned rape victim was nervous about the time, even though it was only mid-afternoon.
"I have to find somewhere to sleep, near some people who might help me if there's trouble," she said.
"It scares me, the way the men look at me, and they know I'm all alone."

Women, girls rape victims in Haiti quake aftermath

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