Outrage as judge jails girl,15, to force her to testify against man who impregnated herBy Mason White 11:22 AM March 7, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
A rape victim was jailed in order to ensure that she testifies against an older man who got her pregnant.
The vulnerable 15 year old of the United Kingdom, was placed in a jail cell for 20 hours to ensure that she testified against the 32-year-old man, who had sex with her.
Child advocates blasted Judge Robert Bartfield for mistreating the victim by ordering her arrest. In response to the outrage by many people, the judge defended his actions, insisting that the detention of the young was essential for “the interests of justice” because without her assistance, the trial would have collapsed.
Abid Miskeen knew with the victim, who lives in a children’s home and cannot be named for legal reasons, for eight months. He got her pregnant when she was only 14 years old.
When they found out about the pregnancy the teen had an abortion. Although the victim was reluctant to testify against Miskeen, she came to Bradford Crown Court.
However, she was kept waiting for more than five hours as the judge was busy with another trial. She became bored and frustrated, so she he left.
Prosecutors then asked the judge to approve an arrest warrant, and she was picked up by police in West Yorkshire.
She was taken to the Halifax police station where she was kept in a prison cell overnight.
She was brought back to the court by the police the next morning where she was kept in a holding cell until the trial began just before 4.00 p.m.
She finally gave her testimony, which lasted only 22 minutes. Miskeen, a father of two, was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexual activity with a child.
He was also placed on the sex offenders registry list for life.