Demonstration targets Low Newton Prison
Sep 13 2009 by Phil Doherty, Sunday Sun
SOFT sentences for child killers has sparked prison protest plans.
Around 100 people are expected to turn up at the demonstration outside Low Newton Prison in County Durham, where notorious inmate Tracey Connelly has been caged for her part in the death of her son, Baby P.
The protest – by the Abused Babies and Children (ABC) Foundation – was prompted by revelations Connelly, her boyfriend Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen have launched appeal bids against their sentences.
Peter Connelly, Baby P’s real name, died after suffering months of abuse.
Haringey Social Services, doctors and the Metropolitan Police all failed to remove him from his mother’s care despite evidence he was being abused.
Tracey was ordered to be held indefinitely – a minimum of five years – after pleading guilty to a charge of causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable person and was transferred to Low Newton Prison after receiving death threats in Styal’s Women’s prison, Cheshire.
As it emerged Connelly had lodged an appeal, the ABC Foundation’s organiser Mandy Francis, 52, said: “We were disgusted with the sentences handed out to these killers and then they decided to add insult to injury by appealing against their sentences.
“We want to help get Peter the justice he deserves and for the Government to realise that people are fed up with the paltry sentences handed out by the courts in cases like this. Life should mean life.”
The ABC Foundation, who will stage their protest on October 4, are also furious Connelly, Barker and Owen could be given new identities for their protection.
Barker, who was also convicted of raping a two-year-old girl, was jailed for life with a minimum of 10 years for the rape and a 12-year sentence for Peter’s death. Owen received an indefinite sentence with a minimum of three years.
The Director of Haringey social services, Sharon Shoesmith, a social worker involved in the case and two other managers were sacked for failing Peter.
By TOM WELLS
THE monstrous stepdad of Baby P has become a JEHOVAH'S WITNESS in jail.
Sadistic brute Steven Barker, 33, keeps a bible in his cell and has told prison staff that he has "found God at last".
Last night officers tasked with guarding the beast from attacks by fellow cons remained dubious about the motive for his sudden conversion.
But a senior source at Wakefield prison in West Yorkshire insisted: "Barker is deadly serious about his new faith."
Evil Barker was caged with twisted lover Tracey Connelly, 28, after she helped him torture to death her defenceless 17-month-old toddler Peter. Barker is also serving life for raping a girl of two. The source said: "A lot of officers feel his conversion is a cynical move to try to win them over because it makes him look like he's got a moral compass after all.
"But the thought of seeing him on a doorstep clutching a copy of The Watchtower will chill anyone to the bone."
The 6ft 4in maniac's new creed means he cannot smoke, get drunk - or read The Sun in case he sees a Page 3 girl. But his conversion has alarmed chiefs at the jail where Barker is a hate target for cons. Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed to have blood transfusions.
The source said: "His choice of religion may have very real security implications." Depraved Barker plans to lumber taxpayers with a whopping £500,000 bill by brazenly appealing against his sentence for causing or allowing Peter's agonising death in Haringey, North London.
He got a minimum of 12 years, while the toddler's diabolical mum was jailed for at least five.
His vile brother Jason Owen, 37 - who was lodging with the family - got three years for his part in the horror.
Barker is also bidding to overturn his child-rape conviction.
Last night a Prison Service spokeswoman said of him becoming a Jehovah's Witness: "We do not comment on individual cases."