Innocence Project: DNA shows Mo. man not guilty — Innocence Project attorneys cited DNA and other evidence Monday in asking a judge to free a man who has spent nearly three decades in prison for breaking into a St. Louis woman’s home and raping and killing her. George Allen Jr. was sentenced to 95 years in prison in the death of Mary Bell, 31, who was killed inside her home during one of the largest snowstorms in St. Louis history — some 20 inches fell during the storm on Feb. 4, 1982.
Male teacher numbers falling over abuse and pay concerns — While the number of male teachers in private schools has risen 20 per cent, government schools are suffering a lack of men.The “alarming” figures contained in a Social Trends report released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics were damned by the NSW Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations. The report found that since 2000, the number of men teaching in government schools had fallen from about 50,000 to less than 48,000. Non-government schools, including independent and Catholic schools, enjoyed a rise from less than 24,000 to more than 29,000.
Man found guilty in teen rape case — A MAN who repeatedly raped a 17-year-old boy and sexually assaulted two 14-year-old boys was sentenced to 14 years jail in the Bundaberg District Court yesterday. The 32-year-old Bundaberg East man pleaded not guilty to six counts of raping the 17-year-old and assaulting him causing bodily harm. A jury of five men and six women found the man, who cannot be named in order to protect the victims, guilty of the assault and five of the six counts of rape.
More must be done to prevent men’s suicides — The apparent suicides of NHL players Rick Rypien and Wade Belak, and the accidental overdose of Derek Boogaard, have put issues such as mental health, addictions and suicide in the headlines. These issues that are typically kept private among friends and family get attention most often when high profile people lose their lives. Unfortunately, the incidence of suicide is all too common. More Canadians die by suicide than by motor vehicle accident. Someone dies by suicide in Canada about every two hours. And while family and friends grieve, the rest of us wonder why?
Parents of abused adopted son charged with involuntary manslaughter — Michael and Nanette Craver, the parents of a seven-year-old boy who sustained fatal head injuries in their care, have been acquitted of murder but instead charged with involuntary manslaughter. Although the US prosecution believes that the death of Nathaniel Craver was caused by repeated blows to the head, the parents have insisted that their son ran head first into a stove, and that they had continually tried to seek treatment to curb his self-harming nature.
SNAP gives abuse victims a voice, but its tactics are questioned — Few would dispute that horrors have been exposed and justice delivered during SNAP’s 23 years — the first decade mostly spent as lonely voices with few authorities, or believers, in their corner. But the support and advocacy group has its detractors, particularly when its members leaflet a neighborhood to warn of a long-ago perpetrator living there — as some did earlier this year in Overland Park.
Sydney schoolboy bashed for being Muslim — A Sydney schoolboy who was brutally bashed unconscious by more than 20 students and left with internal bleeding claims it was because he is Muslim. Hamid Mamozai, 15, was allegedly hit up to a dozen times by two fellow students at Asquith Boys’ High School in Sydney’s north on Wednesday as several other students cheered and shouted racial abuse as they watched, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Woman gets six life sentences for rape of child — Kenya Gilliam received six sentences of life in prison Friday after she was convicted of raping a boy over five years. One of the boy’s relatives was in a lesbian relationship with Gilliam. Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Jody Luebbers imposed the sentences on Gilliam after she was convicted Aug. 25 of six counts of rape of a child. Because the victim was younger than 13 when the rapes happened, the crimes carried a potential life sentence. The judge imposed a life sentence on each.