‘Poor, Nasty, Brutish and Short’

19 year-old Aborigine, Ashley Brooks, broke into the house of a 75 year-old great-grandmother, stole $60 from her wallet and then proceeded to beat her so severely that she fell into a coma for 12 days, writes Andrew Bolt. Judge David Parsons described Ashley Wayne Brooks’ attack on Barbara Durea as sickening. He sentenced him to a two-year youth justice order. Judge Parsons said Brooks was avoiding jail “because of his youth and slight build, he would not fare well in an adult prison.” and because Brooks hasn’t “had much of a chance to date.”

Meanwhile, Queensland judge, Sarah Bradley, (the one who previously called a mentally disabled ten-year old victim of gang rape a ‘willing participant’) has allowed a white teacher, who sexually abused an 11 year-old Torres Strait boy, time to prepare evidence for his case that he was educating him in ‘traditional Islander practices’.

I struggle to remain calm when reading of cases such as these. I have to assume that either

i) Judges Parsons and Bradley hate blackfellas.

ii) they view indigenous people as sub-human and hence not responsible for their actions.

Their refusal to punish these sickening crimes will not affect me living in my nice, wealthy suburb of Sydney. But it will condemn women living in indigenous communities to a life of rape, violence and early death.

Postscript – Judge Parsons was appointed to his position by Attorney General Rob Hulls. He has history.

12 thoughts on “‘Poor, Nasty, Brutish and Short’

  1. Light sentences for aborigines is a legacy of the black deaths in custody Royal Commission. There is a perception that they are more likely to die than white fellas if they get locked up, so in some courts there is a tendency to not lock them up as often or as long. Especially when they are already over-represented in the criminal courts.

    It’s wrong, of course, but it’s just the tip of a large iceberg. Why are so many black fellas committing crimes in the first place? It all comes back to sit-down money from the government.

  2. The black deaths in custody report found that blacks in prison were just as likely to die as anybody else in prison. If two criminal present to a judge with equal crimes and jail entails equal risks then they should both get equal sentences. It should not matter if one criminal is blue and the other is criminal is orange. The law should deal with people as individuals not as classes.

    In parts of the US system judges are elected. Some have suggested that this stops them going soft on crime. I think the idea is worth pondering.

  3. The intent of these judges and magistrates is not dissimilar to the sentiment of the Aboriginal “protection” Acts from 1869-1967. It is a sad and retrograde step.

  4. isn’t it illegal to hand out sentences to people based on their skin colour?

    electing judges is a far better solution. who appointed Attorney General Rob Hulls and who is he accountable to?

  5. The problem is in the cities too, not just communities. It’s my understanding that police and courts are less willing to lock up Aboriginals everywhere.

    Stuff the ineffective and expensive Northern Territory intervention, simply prosecute rape and violence properly (ie: ensure they don’t re-offend – if they kill themselves in prison, you won’t see me shedding a tear). These are real and very serious crimes.

  6. It’s my understanding that police and courts are less willing to lock up Aboriginals everywhere.

    Of course, by the same token Aboriginals are pulled over by police or followed by a security guard in a store just because they are Aboriginal.

    I wish people could just see past race. This goes both ways…

  7. Pommy, they’re not being picked on because of their skin colour, but because of their appalling choice of parents! Choosing to be born as an Aborigine means you need looking after.
    Glad to have solved that one.

  8. I wish people could just see past race.

    Shem – that’s the whole point of this post. If you gang rape a disabled 10 year-old girl, or launch an unprovoked assault on a defenceless 75 yr-old, or sexually abuse 11 yr-old boys, then you will go away for a very long time to reflect on your actions – whether you’re white, black, brown or luminescent green with indigo spots.

  9. The guy facing charges about sexually abusing an 11 year-old boy is white. I have no problem with him being able to get his evidence together… so long as it is subsequently laughed out of court.

    And personally, I think we need special discriminatory policies to assist people who are luminescent green with indigo spots. 🙂

  10. Those lumescent freaks get a really hard time of it, although in some circles they are popular at raves.


    There is a differnce between petty crime like shoplifting and serious crime like rape and assault. This not some ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ fit up, the police have not been accused of racially profiling rapists and assailants.

    They deserve to be locked up for the crime, not shown mercy because of their skin colour.

  11. I agree Brendan. Which is why I said it goes both ways.

    I was just saying that while courts may be unwilling to lock people up, police are still willing to treat someone like shit because they are aboriginal.

    I think one of the main reasons the “educated elite” engages in exceptionalism is because they are trying to delicately avoid the racism of the past. “Can’t throw an aboriginal in jail, because that’s what we did in the past for no good reason.”

    I don’t think EITHER form of exceptionalism is right, but it is important to understand that both still exist. And to discuss both.

    The guy facing charges about sexually abusing an 11 year-old boy is white. I have no problem with him being able to get his evidence together… so long as it is subsequently laughed out of court.

    I wonder if the court accepts Wikipedia links as evidence? 😉

    Of course if the 11-year-old boy’s family weren’t involved in picking the white man as a mentor then it isn’t really traditional, is it?

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