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Chief Justice Higgins condemns domestic violence

By Kerces 2 December 2005 9

The Canberra Times reports Chief Justice Terence Higgins of the ACT Supreme Court labelled domestic violence against women a “pernicious and evil phenomenon”.

He said the blame for domestic assualts rested squarely with the perpetrator and their criminal actions and that “it was entirely in the public interest that such conduct be exposed and deterred”.

He made these comments in a written judgement of a case in which he sentenced a man to two years’ jail, with an 18 month non-parole period, for beating his former partner, the mother of his children.

In the judgement he also said the “evil influence” of domestic violence spread to children, even if they were not directly involved or assaulted. He said that it was no coincidence that most young people who came before the courts had a family background of domestic assaults.

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Thumper 9:51 am 05 Dec 05

Thanking you very muchly K…


Kerces 8:50 am 05 Dec 05

Here you go Thumper.

Chalker 3:01 pm 02 Dec 05

How is it irony? He’s only upset about domestic violence against women. Men seem to be fair game.

Thumper 1:50 pm 02 Dec 05


I don’t know enough about it but Mr Gareth Higgins, son of the apparently esteemed Justice Higgins, has been up before the old beak on a number of ocassions due to his habit of beating up his old man.

JB or K, can you post a link back to those previous stories?

Evictor 1:46 pm 02 Dec 05

Unless the perpetrators name is Gareth …

colsim 1:17 pm 02 Dec 05

I wouldn’t have thought that someone involved in a criminal case could also rule on it

Thumper 12:12 pm 02 Dec 05

this is the guy that gets punched out by his son every six months and yet refuses to sentence him.


Kerces 12:08 pm 02 Dec 05

Care to enlighten us?

vg 12:06 pm 02 Dec 05


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