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Thread: Mum who bound and gagged her daughter to stop her buying drugs is jailed

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    Elite Member Honey's Avatar
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    Default Mum who bound and gagged her daughter to stop her buying drugs is jailed

    Julia Saker made the last-ditch attempt to prevent 19-year-old Tabitha leaving the family home to meet a dealer.
    Saker and Tabitha’s ex-boyfriend Christopher Francklin – who saw the heroin addict climbing out of her bedroom window – taped her arms together and put a sock in her mouth, a court heard.
    The pair were arrested after Tabitha dialled 999 and police heard her screaming at Saker and Francklin to “stop hurting” her and repeatedly claimed she “couldn’t breathe”.
    At one point Tabitha managed to break free and grab a knife, but she was quickly disarmed.
    A belt was also put round her neck and arms and tied behind her back – causing bruises and an injury to her jaw, Canterbury crown court was told.
    Francklin, who is in his 20s, also jumped on her to try and restrain her. When police arrived at Saker’s home in Dover, Kent, last October they found Tabitha in tears and arrested her mum and ex-boyfriend, who both admitted false imprisonment.

    Philip Hill, for Saker, said she had “done her utmost for Tabitha and acted with the best of intentions”.
    Nicholas Jinks, for Francklin, added: “Things escalated. It was a short incident which caused great distress and he accepts his responsibility.
    “There was no premeditation or weapons used and it was motivated by good intentions.”
    Jailing Saker and Francklin, given 18 months, Judge Adele Williams told them: “You both detained a young woman who was subjected to violence and humiliation.
    “It was said you, Julia Saker were at your wits’ end because of her drug taking but you could have sought professional help instead of imprisoning her.”

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    What a crock of shit! When the heroin addict turns up dead, people will find ways to blame those around her for not doing enough. The best thing the mother can do is to turn the daughter out and not let her return to her home until she's clean.
    And it's real easy for a judge to say "you should have sought professional help" but its not actually that easy to DO. Nobody will help these people unless the addicts themselves want help - and most of them don't want help because they don't think they have a fucking problem.
    Kill him.
    Kill her.
    Kill It.
    Kill everything... that IS the solution!
    twitchy molests my signature!

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    That mother must have been frantic. I can't help but sympathze with her. Her options are low.
    Mel is right. She needs to just say bye. but that has to be so hard.
    I didn't start out to collect diamonds, but somehow they just kept piling up.-Mae West

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