UK’s first successful FGM prosecution sees mother jailed for 11 years

UK’s first successful FGM prosecution sees mother jailed for 11 years March 9, 2019

Following our report last month that a 37-year-old woman had been found guilty of genitally mutilating her daughter, aged three, comes news that she has been jailed for 11 years.

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In welcoming yesterday’s sentence, John Cameron, above, head of helplines at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), said:

This landmark case sends a very clear message that FGM will not be tolerated in this country under any circumstances.

If we want to protect girls from this dangerous and potentially life-changing practice we need to talk about FGM, encourage people to seek help and advice and report any concerns if they believe a child has been cut or is about to be.

Leethen Bartholomew, head of the National FGM Centre, which is run as a partnership between Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association, added:

The first person to be convicted and sentenced for FGM is truly a watershed moment and sends a strong message to society that this crime will not be tolerated and offenders will be held accountable.

A further two years was added to the woman’s sentence for possessing “extreme pornography”.

Speaking at the Old Bailey in London, Justice Philippa Whipple said it was not known why the woman inflicted FGM on her child, contrary to her culture, although witchcraft was a possibility.

Whipple described what the woman did as a form of child abuse.

It’s a barbaric practice and a serious crime. It’s an offence which targets women, particularly inflicted when they are young and vulnerable.

Caroline Carberry QC, prosecuting, told the court the victim had recovered well but she was likely to experience reduced sexual sensation in the future and long-term psychological damage.

The Ugandan woman, who cannot be named, and her Ghanaian partner, 43, both from Walthamstow, east London, were accused of cutting their daughter over the 2017 summer bank holiday. Her partner was cleared of involvement following a trial.

Police searched the woman’s home while the pair were on bail, finding evidence of witchcraft, including spells written inside frozen limes and two cow’s tongues with screws embedded in them, with the apparent aim of keeping police, social workers and lawyers quiet.

Photo supplied by Met Police

During the sentencing, the mother also admitted possessing indecent pictures of a child, publishing videos of sexual activity with a dog and a snake and possessing extreme pornographic images.

 Her former partner pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing of an indecent image of a child and two charges of possessing extreme images showing people having sex with a horse and snake.

Whipple sentenced him to 11 months in prison, although he has already served his time on remand. The court heard it would be up to the Home Office to decide whether to allow him to continue living in Britain.

The crime carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. There have been three other trials involving FGM, all of which ended in acquittals.
Research by City University estimated 137,000 women and girls are living with FGM in England and Wales.

H/T BarrieJohn

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  • TrickyDicky

    What was the difference between this case and the hundreds of other cases of FGM that the constabulary has failed to bring to court successfully?

    Answers on a postcard.

  • Broga

    The shame is that this is the first. Until now young girls were left defenceless against these agonies being inflicted on them. Our politicians in the shambles that is now our government have no problem finding time to ensure that their own interests are taken care of.

  • kaydenpat

    It’s a good start but with so many girls undergoing FGM in the UK, there’s much more to be done

  • barriejohn

    During the sentencing, the mother also admitted possessing indecent pictures of a child, publishing videos of sexual activity with a dog and a snake and possessing extreme pornographic images.

 Her former partner pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing of an indecent image of a child and two charges of possessing extreme images showing people having sex with a horse and snake.

    Outside of religion, of course, mankind can have no sense of morality!

  • Raging Bee

    The next big milestone will be to convict and imprison a practitioner of FGM who ISN’T such an obvious raving child-porn-loving loony outlier.

  • Jim Jones

    There’s always a first case.

    Winifred Ransom, 35 : Margaret Sweeney, 26 : Nov. 18, 1974 : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    This one confused the legal system. Now, the punishments is up to death.

  • Jim Jones

    Thank goodness her love of God is holding her back from committing terrible crimes.

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    I just hope that this will give the legal system a kick up the arse and get these nut jobs in court then in prison any one who deliberately hurts a child in any way should never be allowed within reach of children again. This women is so obviously a nut but others aren’t and hide behind the get out of jail card its our culture its our religion.

  • Broga

    Yes. The “ethically sensitive” crap and we must leave it to the community leaders whine which really means tackle this and we will lose votes. There is a grisly indifference to this suffering from politicians, media, the royal family (Charlie usually has plenty to say about his intererests), the Queen delivers her annual bore-in. Next time she could say something about FGM instead of the usual verbiage. Perhaps Millessa Markle (is that her name, I have forgotten) could stir them up. She has shown some form and doesn’t seem likely to be cowed like Di.

  • Sau Peih

    It’s about time. They’ve been protected from the law for decades – far too long.

    The Multiculturalism Project has failed. It’s thrown out the rule of law, bred entitlement and victimhood, and failed to protect the most vulnerable – children.

  • Sandra

    Do you mean ‘ethnically’?

  • EllyR
  • towercam

    It was too difficult to spell out ‘Female Genital Mutilation’ once at the top?
    Good writers identify what the initials, they use, mean.
    Do better next time, please.

  • barriejohn

    I assume the snake is inserted, but I have no experience of such practices.

  • barriejohn

    Does ANYONE still write it out in full? We in the UK use the acronym almost without thinking now!

  • Hermes Brookover

    this one makes me happy, i hope her time in prison is every bit as miserable as the cruelty perpetrated upon her child.

  • EllyR

    Of course it is, but which side?

  • Andrea Fitzgerald

    Seriously?! I apprfeciate your sarcasm 😉

  • Sophotroph

    Yeah, at Patheos Nonreligious, everybody already knows what it means. This isn’t some huge corporate monstrosity that plays to everyone and thus has to spell everything out all the time.

    Your criticism is not only invalid, but makes a fool of you.

    Do better next time, please.