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    UK - Billie-Jo Jenkins, 13, beaten to death, Hastings, Sussex, 15 Feb 1997

    BILLIE-JO PAL TELLS OF 'ATTACK BY DAD

    MURDERED schoolgirl Billie-Jo Jenkins was left with scratches after an alleged attacked by her foster father, her best pal said yesterday.

    Sion Jenkins, 48, allegedly pinned Billie-Jo against a wall and scratched her neck when she remonstrated with him for hitting her dog Buster.

    Holly Prior, 22, told the Old Bailey: "She had a scarf around her neck. We had just got off the school bus and she took me into the toilets."

    She said the scratches "were really red and sore, as if she had been bleeding", adding: "She told me to swear not to tell anybody."

    Billie-Jo, 13, was bludgeoned to death with a metal tent peg at the family home in Hastings, Sussex, in February 1997Earlier, Jenkins's ex-wife Lois told the court she had noticed scratch marks on Billie-Jo's neck but the schoolgirl claimed they'd been caused by her satchel.

    She added Jenkins, who denies murder, had a temper and would "flip and lose his self-control".
    The jury saw an interview with another friend, Laura Conway, who said Billie-Jo often complained of violence at the hands of her foster father.



    Laura, then 14, said: "She got punched in the nose by her dad.
    There was blood all over her shirt and around her mouth."


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    Father of the Year

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    This is the third time this man has gone on trial for the murder of his foster daughter. I swear in each new trial, it is like it is never the same.

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    Parents who kill, another quashed conviction in the UK

    For any people that are interested we have had another case here where a a parent/parents have been found responsible for the death of child (this was both for manslaughter and they were actually fostering the boy rather than biological parents) but have had their convictions quashed. It was an unusual case (alleged salt poisoning) but we are getting a reputation over here for wrongful convictions of parents in death of children cases. They face a retrial but, like Sion Jenkins, have been freed on bail after 15months in custody (they got 5 years). http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/le...ticle357432.ece
    Sally Clark, Angela Cannings, Sion Jenkins and now the Gays..........

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    Briefly reviewed the the articles, but my question is:

    How were the physical injuries like the head trama, chest wall injuries and underarm injuries explained.

    I don't know, this does sound odd...........

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    Ooops, sorry about the link, I didnt realise that after a few days the Independent require registration/a fee to read articles in their entirity.

    Yes, the injuries are what got them a retrial as opposed to a direct acquittal...the judgement says the jury 'could' have decided differently and although important, the new evidence formed only part of the whole picture, so not conclusive by a long way. It is a strange case and the couple themselves took on more than most people their age would in their desire to have a family. To go for one child when you are late 30's and used to independent living and a comfortable lifestyle is difficult enough but they took on 3 at one go....I had 3 children within 3 years and it was tough but they didnt all arrive on the same day and they were my biological children.

    In this post I was rather making a general point about these cases as opposed to my opinions as to the merits of each of them, and the way it probably reflects badly on our criminal justice system here rather than demonstrates that the appeals process works.

    Parent/Guardian & child cases are always going to be difficult as its very difficult to know precisely what goes on in a family home. We had a case fairly recently where a child (apparently) died at the hands of its guardians (a married couple & I think she was the child's aunt) at home but there were no witnesses aside from the couple themselves and there was no real evidence as to which one caused the injuries, if any. Neither would speak about the circumstances or give evidence. As they were married they were legally compentent as witnesses against eachother in criminal proceedings but not compellable if jointly charged with the same offence. If one were charged the other one could be compelled to give evidence but which one do you charge?

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    From February 2006:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/4661252.stm

    Sion Jenkins has been formally acquitted of the murder of his foster daughter after the jury at the Old Bailey failed to reach a verdict. It was the third time Mr Jenkins, 48, had gone on trial for the murder of Billie-Jo in Hastings, East Sussex...

    The jurors had spent 39 hours and 10 minutes deliberating but indicated they were not going to agree on a verdict. The prosecution said on Thursday it would not seek another retrial...

    Mr Jenkins was originally convicted of the murder in 1998 and underwent two appeals. His conviction was quashed at the second appeal in 2004 and a retrial ordered.

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    Is there an update on this OG?


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    I really wonder if Levi Bellfield is responsible. It does fit his modus operandi.



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