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14 WORLD TUESDAY MAY 6 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Raped teenager not a real victim, judge says DALLAS: A Texas judge has sentenced a confessed rapist to just five years probation, implying his 14-year-old victim was promiscuous and wasnt the victim she claimed to be. Sir Young, 20, pleaded guilty to raping the girl at their Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas when he was 18, even as she told him no and stop, according to the Dallas News. But State District Judge Jeanine Howard stunned many when she opted for probation, which will include 45 days in jail, and also exempted him from standard sex-offender restrictions, such as staying away from children, attending sex of fender treatment, undergoing a sex offender evaluation or refraining from watching pornography. Ms Howard told the News she made her decision partly because medical records showed the victim had had three sexual partners and had given birth to a baby both claims the girl has denied. She wasnt the victim she claimed to be, Ms Howard said. There are rape cases that deserve life. There are rape cases that deserve 20 years. Every now and then you have one of those that deserve probation. This is one of those and I stand by it. According to WFAA, citing Youngs handwritten police confession, he and the victim were in the music practice room when they started kissing. He said he tried to put his hands down her pants, but she said no twice so he stopped. He wrote that they began to kiss again, and this time he took off his pants and hers. She kept saying, No & stop but I just didnt stop, he wrote. After the attack, he said she told him, Oh God, why did you do this? I couldnt even answer. I just said sorry numerous times because I just couldnt believe I had did that. The victim, now 17, said the sentence made her regret coming forward. I did what I was supposed to do. I went to the law about this situation, she said. (But the sentence) says everything I went through was for nothing. Ms Howard also came under fire for ordering Young to serve community service at a rape crisis centre. Im sure she (Ms Howard) probably thought that it was his way of giving back perhaps, said Bobbie Villareal, executive director of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center But its just not an appropriate place for him to do his community supervision. Ms Villareal also criticised Youngs lenient sentence, which she said would act as a deterrent for other survivors of sexual assault. It sends a devastating message to survivors of sexual assault. That victims family definitely didnt feel like there was justice for her and for other survivors of sexual assault, she said. That victims family definitely didnt feel like there was justice for her Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams gestures following a press conference at Balmoral Hotel after he was released without charge Picture: GETTY/JEFF J MITCHELL Adams protests his innocence as police release him BELFAST: Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has insisted he is innocent after being released from police custody. However it will be up to Northern Irelands Public Prosecution Service to decide at a later date whether to charge the 65-year-old politi cian over the murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville. Speaking after his release, Mr Adams again protested his innocence against claims he ordered the murder of the 37year-old widow in 1972. The Sinn Fein leader said: I am conscious there is another family at the heart of this. That is the family of Jean McConville. Let me be very clear, I am innocent of any conspiracy to abduct, kill and bury Jean McConville. I have worked hard with others to have this injustice redressed and for the return of the bodies of others killed during the conflict and secretly buried by the IRA, and I will continue to do so. Angry protesters outside the Antrim police station, west of Belfast, attempted to block Mr Adams departure. The son of Mrs McConville vowed to continue the fight for justice for his mother. The McConville family is going to stay to the bitter end until we get justice, Michael McConville said. He added: We would like to see all the investigations taken out of Northern Ireland. Vow to do more to free girls More dead in dodgy gold mine Police dig for Maddie near resort ABUJA, Nigeria: President Goodluck Jonathan met with security, school and state officials and ordered everything must be done to free the 276 girls held captive by Islamic extremists, one of his advisers said, amid growing national outrage at the Governments response to the abduction. Mr Jonathan said in a televised media chat Sunday night he believes Nigeria is winning its war against an Islamic uprising. Mr Jonathans meeting over Saturday night was the first time the president had met with all stakeholders, including the principal of the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in northeastern Nigeria where the girls and young women were kidnapped in a pre-dawn raid April 15. BOGOTA: More bodies have been pulled from a collapsed gold mine in southwestern Colombia, bringing the number of confirmed fatalities to 12. Four miners were still unaccounted for yesterday but presumed dead. Rescue workers on Sunday had to dig through 20m of debris to reach victims of the rock fall that happened Wednesday night in the rural town of Santander de Quilichao. Mining accidents are common in Colombia, especially at illegal mines like this one in areas dominated by criminal gangs. Mayor Eduardo Grijalba has asked Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to help end illegal mining after failed efforts by local authorities to shut down the mine that collapsed. PORTUGAL: The search for missing British girl Madeleine McCann has taken a new twist with reports Scotland Yard detectives are going to Portugal to oversee digging around the resort where she went missing seven years ago. A team of forensic officers will use radar equipment to look underground for clues to her disappearance, Londons Mirror newspaper has reported, citing police sources. Madeleines parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have been told of the plans to search three sites near the Praia da Lux resort but are not expected to go to Portugal. Police will dig up land around Apartment 5A where the McCanns were staying as well as part of a nearby beach. Three-year-old Madeleine went missing on May 3, 2007. Gunman who killed three in shooting spree knew his victims ARKANSAS: A gunman who shot and killed three people and injured four more in Arkansas was an acquaintance or friend of the victims, police said, but noted the motive was still unknown. Authorities identified the shooter as Porfirio Hernandez, 40, who recently had been released from a mental health treatment facility. Jonesboro Police Sgt Doug Formon said police responded to the first shooting on Saturday. Chrisanto Islas, 38, and Floza Davila, 12, were killed there and four others were in jured. Survivors and witnesses at the house identified Hernandez as the sole gunman. About 20 minutes later, police responded to a second report of a shooting about 5km away, where they found Richardo Lopez, 31, dead. Investigators then received a report that a car matching the description of the shooters had been located on a rural county road. Deputies discovered Hernandez dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Three people are in critical condition in hospitals in Mem phis, Tennessee: Augusten Hernandez, 43; Ayde Davila, 36; and Anquel Islas, 8. A 10year-old boy, Brayam Davila, is in stable condition. It wasnt immediately clear how Porfirio Hernandez and the seven victims knew one another.
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