Releasing Offenders Early
If so HOW EARLY?
Who is it that actually decides which offenders get released early?
What if that offender then commits violent crime again?
Is it time to stop the rot?
Or do we simply carry on seeing offenders released earlier and earlier with more and more carnage on our streets as a result?
Where on earth does it all end?
Where does the buck ACTUALLY stop? I was victim of brutal sex assault by attacker freed early from jail
Last updated at 09:42am on 10th July 2007
A woman subjected to a brutal sex assault has waived her right to anonymity to condemn the criminal justice system.
Gabrielle Browne decided to go public with damning allegations following her ordeal at the hands of a sex offender who had been freed from prison early.
Mrs Browne, a mother of two, was jogging through her local park when a teenager dragged her into bushes and sexually assaulted her.
The attack left her traumatised and too afraid to enter parks or go running alone.
Today she tells her story for the first time. In an interview, Mrs Browne reveals:
• Her attacker, Mohammed Kendeh, had been let out of prison four months into a one-year sentence days before she was attacked.
• Kendeh had sexually assaulted five women in the same park a year before he attacked her but was spared jail for those offences.
• The Home Office tried to deport the teenager to his birthplace in Sierra Leone - but an immigration tribunal rejected the request.
• She is still living in fear after Kendeh was released halfway through his latest sentence for attacking her.
Mrs Browne, 42, who lives in south London, said: "I was sexually assaulted because Mohammed Kendeh was released early. The attack has had a devastating effect on my life. My freedom has been taken away."
Mrs Browne was running through Burgess Park in south-east London while training for the London Marathon when Kendeh, then 16, attacked her on 6 March 2003.
The IT worker at a City law firm recalled: "He jumped in front of me, grinned, and as I tried to take a step, his right arm came out and grabbed me around the neck.
"He then dragged me into the bushes. His whole focus was on trying to remove my lower clothing. I feared that if I shouted out he would pull a knife.
"I punched him but he still carried on. So I hit him harder and then punched him again. "But he just smashed me in my mouth."
She said Kendeh pushed her to the ground, removed her clothing and began to molest her."I thought he was going to rape me,î said Mrs Browne.
"He only didn't because I fought him off - by now I was kicking him hard - or because he heard somebody."
Kendeh was arrested that day and charged with attempted rape. He had been released from a young offender institution on 27 February that year - four months into a 13-month sentence for burglary.
He had been spared custody altogether for six previous sex assaults in 2002.
Following his arrest for the attack on Mrs Browne, Kendeh was released on bail on 2 April 2003 after she failed to identify him in a video.
Two days later he committed a robbery and five days after that broke into a woman's home and indecently assaulted her.
Daily Mail December 10 2004 page 70
Jail is greatest deterrent
HAVING served 25 years in various penal establishments, finishing up as a prison governor, I've seen incomprehensible reasoning by magistrates and judges and the range of behaviour by inmates as a result - but recently things have become more bizarre.
There seems to be a strange belief in Government and judiciary that the large increases in the prison population can be rectified by shorter sentences, more remission and repeated non-custodial punishment.
The Home Secretary and judges have failed to appreciate the paradox understood by most prison staff that longer sentences mean fewer prisoners. Criminals do consider the result of their actions and the certainty of a substantial period in prison undoubtedly deters many who would otherwise offend.
The farce of community service should be discontinued. The tasks allotted are pointless and are frequently not carried out. Authority is well aware of the inadequacy of the scheme but finds it easier to comply than to expose failures.
Thousands of fines are unpaid; it's time the law got real. Anti-social behaviour should not result in an ASBO but a substantial period of imprisonment.
PETER ROBINS-POPE Budleigh Salterton, Devon