View Full Version : A woman being unfairly victimised

10th Mar 2002, 16:48
I've been waiting 12 hours for the UBB to be enabled so I could place bold type where it clearly deserves to be, but capitals will have to suffice.. .. .From The Age, March 10. .. .Horrified lawyer at loss for words. .By Sam Leith . .New York. .March 10 2002. .. .A nurse's aide has been arrested for murder in America after running into a tramp, driving home with him stuck headfirst through her windscreen, then ignoring his pleas for help as he bled to death in her garage.. .. .Police said Gregory Biggs, 37, was trapped for up to three days on the front of the parked Chevrolet, his legs dangling across the bonnet, before he died from loss of blood. He would have lived had he received medical attention, they said.. .. .Chante Mallard, 25, a nurse's aide from Fort Worth, Texas, told police in her defence that she went out to check on him from time to time and apologised to him for his situation. She stopped short, however, of calling an ambulance.. .. .Mr Biggs' body was discovered in a park last October, where Ms Mallard and some friends are reported to have dumped it after he died. Ms Mallard was arrested on Wednesday after the police were tipped off by someone who heard her talking about the incident at a party. They found the damaged car still in her garage, with blood and hair from the victim stuck to the windscreen. The police said she had admitted to drinking and taking ecstasy on the night of the incident.. .. . . .District Attorney Richard Alpert said: "I'm going to have to come up with a new word. Indifferent isn't enough. Cruel isn't enough. Heartless? Inhumane? Maybe we've just redefined inhumanity.". .. .Ms Mallard's lawyer said the police had exaggerated the case. "THIS WAS SIMPLY A CASE OF FAILURE TO STOP AND RENDER AID," he said. "At most the body was in her home for 12-14 hours.". .. .Ms Mallard, who has been placed under house arrest, faces a prison sentence of between five years and life if convicted.. .. .The mind boggles.........

Brit Abroad
10th Mar 2002, 18:06
A dreadful story, if true.. .. .However, I'm a bit puzzled about your choice of title for this thread. . .. .Maybe, I'm missing something <img border="0" title="" alt="[Confused]" src="confused.gif" /> Could you explain ?

10th Mar 2002, 18:19
Ahh, Australian irony claims another victim; I did wonder about the thread title. It relates to the defendant's lawyer's comments (in capitals). Could he possibly have been serious? If so I challenge even the formidable Davaar to rationalise this insult to intelligence.. .. .Reported in several non-tabloid news sources; in a country where children have weapons checks at the school door, I see no reason to doubt it's accuracy.

10th Mar 2002, 18:20
Binocs. .Thought it was an urban myth until I saw the full treatment in today's paper, pictures of the accused and victim included. For some reason, the caption with the victim's photo said he was 'estranged from his family'...still trying to work out the relevance of that.. .I'd suggest her lawyer is being only 'half hearted'...she's also guilty of failing to stop at the scene of an accident.(Sick <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> ). .But if the court finds that being strung out after a booze and ecstacy binge is an excuse for this sort of behaviour...stop the world, I'll want to get off.

10th Mar 2002, 19:32
I'm currently without access to my law reference books. Flying Lawyer would be able to confirm.... .. .I believe that Australian law is very similar in many respects to British law, but I guarantee nothing. In the UK, the M'Naghten rules specify that self-administered drink or drugs do not provide a defence in such cases.. .. .On what I've seen above (appreciating that this will be very far from the full story, and the details quoted may have elements of journalistic embellishment), there appears to be a clear case of murder to answer.

10th Mar 2002, 19:56
Hug Monster. .. .This alleged crime was in Texas where they aren't too fussy about McNaghten Rules etc. I tend to agree with your view about self administered drugs etc and temporary insanity. . .. .The lady faces a potential life sentence.

Standard Noise
10th Mar 2002, 20:15
What's wrong with "an eye for an eye"? . .Time to fire up ole' sparky, n'est pas??. .. .Sleeping's permitted, dribbling isn't!

11th Mar 2002, 04:20
"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" is a much-misquoted and misunderstood Old Testament law that laid down the MAXIMUM penalty that could be extracted.. .. .Believers in the words of Christ will know and understand that He dispensed with this about 2,000 years ago.. .. .Furthermore, Gandhi said "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind".

11th Mar 2002, 06:17
An 84 year old lady struck and killed a pedestrian with her car last summer in Toronto. Eyewitnesses state the victim was initially lying on the hood of the car, and was pounding on the windshield and screaming at the driver. She then slid off the hood and was dragged underneath the car to her death. The lady drove nearly a kilometer to her home with the victim still pinned beneath her car, parked in her driveway and went inside. She allows she didn't see the victim lying on the hood, or hear her screams.. .The driver was found guilty of dangerous driving, but will not be penalized for obvious reasons. The authorities did take her drivers license away. She has yet to make a statement to the victims family expressing any regret for her actions.

Dale Harris
11th Mar 2002, 12:38
Huggy, you are correct sir, here in Oz, Victoria at least, being drunk/drugged is NOT a defence to a charge of any desription. It is however accepted as mitigating circumstances, for sentencing, and unfortunately is usually applied. To the offender's benefit of course. My question is: Who held the offender down and poured alcohol/drugs down their throat? Oh, I see, they did it themselves. Well, that makes it okay then! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />