U.S. Judge in Blast at Britain; COURTROOM OUTBURST AS CAROLINE BEALE GOES FREE
Byline: TONY GALLAGHER
A NEW YORK judge launched a scathing attack on the British judicial system last night.
Judge Robert Hanophy spoke out as he freed Caroline Beale, the British woman who spent months on a murder charge in a tough American jail after being found with the body of her newborn baby.
Her father, Peter, branded the prosecution `barbaric' and `mediaeval' when a plea-bargaining deal was arranged earlier this week to give her probation.
But Judge Hanophy said: `That probation is going to be served in Great Britain, that great country that has convicted a great many people on the perjured testimony of police, allowed them to spend 15, 17 years in prison, did everything to see that they remain in prison, even though they knew they did not belong in there.'
He hit back at campaigners who claim Miss Beale, 32, should have been treated leniently because of her depression. As she listened, trembling, he said: `With people who kill their children,
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campaigners who claim Miss Beale, 32, should have been treated leniently because of her depression. As she listened, trembling, he said: `With people who kill their children, protecting the children rather than excusing the killer is the primary focus in this country. I can't fathom such a trial as either barbaric or uncivilised.'
Under the plea bargain, Miss Beale admitted second-degree murder. Her five-year probation sentence includes a year of psychiatric treatment at the Maudsley Hospital in London, beginning when she arrives home early today.
The judge even blasted the British law of infanticide, under which a mother tends to be treated leniently for killing a baby. He said: `Any law that allows a blanket exemption from prosecution or punishment to those who kill their children is a law which is primitive and uncivilised.
`Granting parents a law to kill their children harkens to uncivilised times. …