2015年4月22日星期三

Judge sparks outrage over Karen Buckley 'vulnerable position' comment

  • Miss Buckley went missing in Glasgow last week, sparking police search
  • She was found dead on farmland. A man has been charged with murder
  • Judge spoke about her case when dealing with brawl outside a bar
  • His comments have caused anger among victims' groups 

Judge Nigel Cadbury has caused anger by referring to missing nurse Karen Buckley in comments about a case involving drunken violence

Judge Nigel Cadbury has caused anger by referring to missing nurse Karen Buckley in comments about a case involving drunken violence

A judge has sparked outrage after he said girls like tragic Karen Buckley put themselves 'in a vulnerable position' by drinking with friends.

District Judge Nigel Cadbury made the comments the day after the 21-year-old's body was discovered on a farm near Glasgow last week.

He was speaking as he sentenced another woman, Leanne Roberts, 21, for assaulting a woman outside a bar in Worcester.

Judge Cadbury, 58, said he found it 'very, very worrying' young women drank so much they couldn't remember who they were with.

He went on to compare the situation to the killing of Miss Buckley, even though there is no suggestion the Irish student was drunk on the night she was killed.

Speaking at Worcester Magistrates Court last Friday, Judge Cadbury said: 'I find it incredible that young people can get so drunk that they don't even know who they're with.

'One only has to think about the horrible situation in Glasgow to see how serious this could have been.

'It's very, very worrying how young girls put themselves in such very, very vulnerable positions.'

Victims' campaigners yesterday slammed Judge Cadbury, accusing him of making the 'perpetrators of crimes invisible.'

Sarah Green, Acting Director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said: 'District Judge Nigel Cadbury seems to be perpetuating the idea that young women drinking alcohol put themselves at risk of attack.

'It makes the perpetrators of these crimes all but invisible. We have to get beyond this focus on women's behaviour. Because violence against women is not inevitable.'

In the case before the judge, the court heard married mum-of-one Roberts, of Ombersley, Worcestershire, punched a woman outside Lloyds Bar in Worcester in an unprovoked attack on March 22.

She was sentenced to a six-month community order with a six-week curfew and ordered to pay £200 compensation to the victim and a £60 surcharge.

Karen Buckley went missing from a nightclub in Glasgow earlier this month

Karen Buckley went missing from a nightclub in Glasgow earlier this month. A judge has caused anger by referring to her disappearance and saying: 'It's very, very worrying how young girls put themselves in such very, very vulnerable positions'

Karen Buckley went missing from a nightclub in Glasgow earlier this month. Judge Cadbury has caused anger by referring to her disappearance and saying: 'It's very, very worrying how young girls put themselves in such very, very vulnerable positions'

Miss Buckley's body was found on a farm north of Glasgow. Her friends said she had been drinking but was not drunk at the time of her disappearance

Miss Buckley's body was found on a farm north of Glasgow. Her friends said she had been drinking but was not drunk at the time of her disappearance

Hundreds of mourners turn out for murdered Karen Buckley

Judge Cadbury told her: 'There is a drinking problem because she (Roberts) can't remember what she did. That is a problem. I am sure you are now aware of how vulnerable you made yourself.'

The case was heard less than a week after Miss Buckley disappeared in the early hours of April 12 sparking a huge police search.

Her body was discovered at High Craigton Farm on the outskirts of Glasgow on April 16.

Miss Buckley's friends have told police she had a few drinks but was not drunk.

Alexander Pacteau, 21, has appeared in court charged with her murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Services have been held in Miss Buckley's home town of Cork in Ireland and a vigil in Glasgow's George Square last week attracted 300 people.

Miss Buckley disappeared from the Sanctuary nightclub, Glasgow. A man has been charged with her murder

Miss Buckley disappeared from the Sanctuary nightclub, Glasgow. A man has been charged with her murder

PREVIOUS CONTROVERSY: JUDGE  REFUSED TO SENTENCE FUEL THIEF

It is not the first time Judge Cadbury, who lives in a £600,000 farm cottage in rural Worcestershire, has made controversial comments in court.

He previous refused to sentence a thief who siphoned off oil from a small village hall because he feared he might 'overreact'.

He said: 'My wife is on a small village hall committee. I feel very strongly about this sort of behaviour.

'I feel I would overreact and consider that he should undoubtedly go to prison for this. It would be wrong for me to sentence him. I may be seen to be biased.'

The case was eventually transferred to another bench for sentencing.

Judge Cadbury is a descendant of Cadbury's founder, John Cadbury, the businessman who set up the famous chocolate firm in the early 19th Century. He is believed to have a daughter and two sons.

In 2011, was appointed a trustee of the Bournville Village Trust, which helps manage the model village set up by the Cadbury family for its workers.

He has also worked as a trustee of the Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust, which funds music, education and training in the Midlands.

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