Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Tegan Wagner - a brave, brave girl

A Supreme Court judge today rejected claims made by a Pakistani-born man (known as MSK for some reason) that his cultural Muslim upbringing made him believe that he had the right to rape girls he considered promiscuous.

MSK was already serving 22 years for gang-rape when the judge added a further 5 years to his sentence for good measure. He will not be eligible for parole for 22 years.

The victim, Tegan Wagner from Sydney, now 18 but 14 at the time of the rape, waived her right to anonymity and gave the defendant the bird on his exit from court, adding

"See ya boys. Have a nice life in prison. Fuck you and go to hell, mate".

God Bless her.

At a hearing, MSK had argued that Ms Wagoner had come to his house unchaperoned, had been drinking and had not worn a headscarf. This led him and his brother to believe that she was "promiscuous". The defence actually used the argument that because of his strict Muslim upbringing in a provincial Pakistani town, he believed he had the right to rape her.

If this is the case, what exactly does this say about Islam and the way Muslim boys are being brought up?

Update - Jan 07;

The four K brothers are the children of a Sydney GP. They had grown up in Pakistan and were brought to Sydney in 2000. The good doctor lied on oath to provide his doting cherubs with an alibi. He was facing perjury charges at the time of his death in Nov 2006.
The fifth rapist, Ram Shrestha, a Nepalese immigrant and friend of the brothers, hung himself in his prison cell after he was found guilty.

The brothers are now serving sentences ranging from 15 to 24 years.

The brothers' lawyer who used the defence of 'cultural differences' was reprimanded by the judge for using this racist argument.

On leaving the court Tegan stated,

"This wasn't about culture; this was about abuse against women."

Tegan is an overwhelming case for Australian of the Year. If you think so too, walk into your local Commonwealth Bank, pick up a leaflet and send it here.