Stop taking bribes!
A local magistrate has accused some parents of accepting money to hide instances of child abuse.
Alliston Seale today made the remarks while handing down judgement in the case against the Nation Publishing Company Limited’s trio of Publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens, Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris and News Editor Sanka Price, who were found not guilty of publishing an indecent picture of two minors in the Saturday Sun on October 26, 2013.
Before accepting the no-case submission which had been put forward by the company’s lawyers Alair Shepherd, QC, and Ezra Alleyne last week, Seale lamented the fact that some parents were taking money and allowing perpetrators to walk free.
He said he had only recently become aware of a similar proposition during the case.
“I am more concerned with the underlying issues, which to me are even worse than the act which was committed by those children,” Seale insisted.
“Parents must stop accepting money from people who are abusing their children and prosecute those people!”
His comments came after it was revealed during the case that money was paid to an individual in exchange for them absenting themselves from giving testimony.
The Magistrate said he found the matter very distasteful.
“During this case I found out that there was a willingness to sue people because of a money issue. I found that very offensive.
“The issue of money should never have come up. If this is the case then we are failing our children,” Seale noted.