Meet the Porritt family

johnboy 9 August 2008 30

In the Canberra Times Victor Violante has a lengthy piece on the saga surrounding the late Nanette Porritt, and her son Glen.

Compulsory reading for those wanting to hold strong views on the subject.


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Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 3:36 pm 11 Aug 08

Deadmandrinking said :

Headbonius said :

So DMD, Mum’s behaviour justifies his actions according to you? Interesting.

You want to read my posts before commenting on them? It’ll help.

“NOT THAT IT JUSTIFIES KILLING HER, but this woman did cross the line between punishment and abuse, a little too much.

It makes sense that Glen snapped. I would.”

Sorry for the caps, it’s just so I can pinpoint what I was saying.

Killing someone is rarely, if not never, justified. It was certainly not justified in this case. However, what I was saying was that I do understand how Glen snapped. There is a logical sequences of events that could lead him to snapping. It does not make what he did right, however.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 9:02 am 11 Aug 08

Anu singh is far worse though – she killed someone who never did a thing to her.

A bit off topic, but I went to uni with her brother (same course, only about 12 of us graduated), and he was a remarkably normal and balanced human being. Maybe some people just lose it?

Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 9:02 am 11 Aug 08

Thats my reading of the comment as well – I think the cat has erred amoungst the pigeons.

johnboy johnboy 8:37 am 11 Aug 08

I dunno DMD, I thought that’s what you were saying too…

And I have to read everything that gets written here (some days being easier than others).

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 4:15 am 11 Aug 08

Headbonius said :

So DMD, Mum’s behaviour justifies his actions according to you? Interesting.

You want to read my posts before commenting on them? It’ll help.

sepi sepi 8:29 pm 10 Aug 08

I’m sure the judge heard what Mr Porrit had to say on the matter.

There were also odd stories of Mrs Porrit rubbing compost in the hair and face of the youngest daughter, to punish her for not cleaning the kitchen. It does sound very odd.

I would have given Glen a longer sentence myself. But I believe the trial did investigate the strictness and appropriateness of Mrs Porrit’s parenting.

Now whether Mr Porrit and the daughters exagerated any of that in order to assist Glen’s case, we will never know. It is telling of itself that the rest of his family continues to support him though.

thecman thecman 8:12 pm 10 Aug 08

At the end of the day Mr Porritt killed a fellow human being in circumstances that amounted to murder – even if Justice Higgins decrees otherwise. Posters on this thread who have endeavoured to justify this uncomfortable fact by emphasising the victim’s failings as parent are effectively saying that revenge killing is acceptable. It is such a typical defence to domestic murder – the victim was so bad, mad, sad that the offender just ‘lost’ control and lashed out. Whatever, we now have yet another murderer living amongst us courtesy of the ACT judiciary.

I-filed I-filed 7:03 pm 10 Aug 08

illyria, Glen Porritt has stated that ‘there was food left in the kitchen’ but HE describes it as not being enough to keep him healthy – then the hypochondriac statements kick in, blaming so-called blackouts. It was not “all the food”. What if the mother was locking away luxury and sweet things downstairs (e.g. in their version of a pantry) and keeping a basic healthy diet upstairs? Sounds more likely than a basic diet causing blackouts and acne. And a family on a tight budget would be entirely entitled to limit their children’s food consumption if they are wasting food. I’d like to hear what the Porritt husband had to say on the matter.
And if they had bogan or aspirational neighbours who weren’t aware of old-fashioned or country-style or old-money frugality, I wouldn’t be surprised if those neighbours didn’t understand.

illyria illyria 6:27 pm 10 Aug 08

Smithy, Nanette Porrit’s sister explained to the Court that Nanette only locked all the food away in the basement because “the children often wasted it”.

Come on guys, no behaviour from a child warrants what was done to those children growing up. There were clearly mental health issues at play behind the closed doors of the Porrit household long before Glen freaked out and stabbed his mother.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 5:08 pm 10 Aug 08

This should be a lesson to mothers everywhere.

smithy smithy 4:05 pm 10 Aug 08

While you are all ready to place fault with the mother and how she treated the son we have not been told why she felt this punishment was warranted.

We have heard one side of the story unfortunatly we are unable to other side of the story thanks to 57 stabs.

pelican pelican 2:44 pm 10 Aug 08

No-one really knows what goes on in families, even seemingly ‘normal’ ones.

Many people have suffered under much worse child abuse than the Porritt children but not all of them kill their parents as a result. Although a few may go on to kill others or commit crimes partly due to their upbringing. Many abused children rise above their experiences and live fulfilling lives.

Porritt was living away from home away and as an adult was able to, if he chose to, live an independent life. What triggers someone to commit this type of murder? A long simmering rage perhaps fuelled by the fact his sisters still lived in the family home and by all accounts took on the role of protector to some extent.

Sad case all round but murder is still murder and should not be taken lightly.

sepi sepi 1:23 pm 10 Aug 08

Anu singh is far worse though – she killed someone who never did a thing to her.

TAD TAD 1:15 pm 10 Aug 08

Come off it. Hate is a valid defence to murder. Where’s your compassion.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 12:39 pm 10 Aug 08

I agree with I Filed.

My mum did similar sorts of stuff to me when I was a kid too but I didn’t feel the need to stab her to death. The sentence this guy was given is laughable. Human life is becoming worth less and less in the courts every day.

johnboy johnboy 11:49 am 10 Aug 08

Actually I agree with you I-Filed.

ant ant 11:35 am 10 Aug 08

The woman clearly had a raft of mental issues, and some mental illness is hereditary. Seems likely that the son inherited some of whatever was happening in her head.

Killing someone is something that most people could never do, so it is a concern that this man is free to move around in society.

Pandy Pandy 11:18 am 10 Aug 08

Strong disturbing and worthy of review words, I-filed

I-filed I-filed 10:17 am 10 Aug 08

This discussion’s lack of consideration for the sanctity of human life is frightening. Why didn’t the rotten little shit leave home, move on, maintain his close relationship with his siblings, study, earn a living and stop pestering parents he didn’t like or connect with for money? The mother sounds awful but it’s appalling that people are arguing that an overly strict parent can be murdered and it’s OK. I’ve observed equally strict and OTT behaviour, by the way, in the mother of a successful and highly functional Canberra household, and the three children are now variously a concert pianist, assistant head of a major financial institution and IT professional. They would scoff at the idea that they couldn’t or shouldn’t have handled their mother’s behaviour. This murderer’s bad personality and inability to handle himself is the problem here – now made dire by the Court’s decision. Shades also of the Court’s letting Anu Singh off the hook and not holding her to account.

Headbonius Headbonius 9:17 am 10 Aug 08

So DMD, Mum’s behaviour justifies his actions according to you? Interesting.

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