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    • The Death of Dean Shillingsworth The body of Dean Shillingsworth (25 February 2005 – 11 October 2007) was discovered by children in a pond in Mandurama Reserve at Ambarvale, New South Wales, Australia on 17 October 2007. The body was inside a tartan suitcase and was badly decomposed. Police subsequently arrested his mother Rachel Pfitzner who lived in nearby Rosemeadow. She was charged with Dean's murder. Pfitzner allegedly admitted shaking the boy. She did not seek bail and was remanded in custody. Court case Pfitzner appeared in court on 12 December 2007 via videolink from Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre. The case was adjourned without bail several times to allow police more time to complete their brief of evidence. Pfitzner appeared in court on 28 October 2008. The court was told she had shaken her son and thrown him to the ground. Believing him to be dead, she allegedly wrapped him in plastic and placed him in a suitcase. A forensic psychologist testified that the boy may not have been dead at that time. Pfitzner was committed to stand trial and did not enter a plea. In June 2009 Pfitzner pleaded guilty to manslaughter and not guilty to murder. In August 2009 she changed her plea to guilty of murder. On 9 December 2009 Pfitzner was sentenced to a maximum of 25½ years in jail. In July 2010 she appealed against the severity of the sentence. Questions: 1. Identify the main legal process used to convict the mother of Dean Shillingsworth 2. What does remand mean? 3. Explain the terms testify and plea according to the legal process
    • Kids in cars warning 2007 Media releases As the summer sun begins to scorch NRMA Motoring & Services warns parents and carers to be aware of the dangers of children being locked in a car during the summer heat.NRMA President, Alan Evans said the scorching summer heat was deadly for children locked in a car. "The temperature inside a parked car can be 30-40°C hotter than the temperature outside and leaving the windows partially down is no solution," Mr Evans said. "On a hot day the temperature inside your car can reach an oven-like 80°C. "Young children very quickly become distressed, dehydrated and can easily die from organ failure if left in that environment even for a short time. "NRMA drops everything to respond to calls where a child is locked in a car because of the grave dangers involved, especially in summer."NRMA patrol officers rescued more than 1,900 babies and children in the 12 months to 30 June 2006. Most kids were accidentally locked in cars by their parents, siblings or through their own interference with the car locking system. Mr Evans said children should not be left alone in the car for any reason - even for small errands like popping quickly into a store to buy some milk. "There is no safe way to leave your child in the car," Mr Evans said. Some recent examples On 23 December 2005 DoCS received a report of a child left sweating and distressed inside a car in Orange. The child was rescued from the car and received immediate treatment. Two children aged 3 and 9 were discovered in locked in a car in Sutherland last Christmas Eve. The children spent up to 40 minutes locked in the car in full sun, while their mother shopped. Temperatures in the area were above 35 degrees and the younger child was flushed and distressed. On the same day another two children aged three and five were left locked and restrained in a vehicle in western Sydney. They were rescued by Police. Temperature outside Temperature inside a car* 20°C 50 - 60°C 30°C 60 - 70°C 40°C 70 - 80°C 45°C 75 - 85°C Questions: 4. Discuss the importance of NRMA’s public announcement 5. Why is it important to have strict laws that protect children involved in this issue 6. Do you think it is against the law to break into a car if a child is seen to be under stressed? State the reasons for your
    • answer. Sex offender impregnated victims, court told Adrian Lowe A August 16, 2010 One of the state's worst sex offenders has admitted abusing 18 children over a 25-year period, including an intellectually disabled seven-year-old girl who he later impregnated. Dennis Alfred Goudge, 57, formerly of Bendigo, pleaded guilty to 58 sex charges including one count of rape and 28 of indecent assault. The Victorian County Court heard this morning that Goudge committed sexual offences against 18 victims, who were aged between three and 16. Crown prosecutor Kieran Gilligan said that many of the children had "continued and frequent exposure" to Goudge and many of the offences were committed in a backyard shed on his family farm, 30 kilometres north of Bendigo. The offending began when Goudge was 17, the court heard. Mr Gilligan said two of Goudge's victims - including a 14-year-old girl - bore him children. "Over a 25-year period of his offending, Goudge continually placed himself in a position of trust with people who had children," Mr Gilligan said. "He was able to lure the children away from their parents under guises such as listening to music, playing common children's games, photographic portraiture of children, or providing singing, music or driving lessons."
    • Crown prosecutor Angela Ellis said the parents of three of the victims refused to believe that their children, including two who were intellectually disabled, had been abused by Goudge. When their eldest daughter became pregnant to him at 14 in 1985, they told her not to say anything. The girl, had been abused by Goudge since she was seven years old. Questions: 7. Outline the main legal issues involved in this case 8. Explain why adult offenders, found guilty of these crimes should be handled differently by our courts. Man charged with online grooming A August 5, 2010 A Sydney man has been charged with online grooming offences after he communicated with police posing as a teenager. Sex Crimes Squad detectives arrested the 33-year-old man shortly before 2pm (AEST) on Thursday at a home in South Windsor. Police will allege the man was sexually explicit during several online communications with police who posed as a 14-year-old girl. Questions: 9. Define grooming and explain the reasons for it to be a criminal activity