Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Two Fathers 4 Justice campaigners have been given a suspended sentence


Rye & Battle Observer

Fathers spared jail over Harman roof protest



Published Date: 18 December 2008

Two Fathers 4 Justice campaigners, including one from Herefordshire, who scaled Harriet Harman's roof dressed as superheroes have been given a suspended sentence.
Anthony Ashby, 43, from Ledbury, and Nigel Ace, 40, were also banned from climbing on any roof other than their own without express permission from the householder.

Leader of the Commons Ms Harman and her husband, Jack Dromey, were woken at just after 6am on July 9 this year by the pair, who were dressed as Spiderman and Batman, City of Westminster Magistrates' Court heard..

The court heard that Ms Harman and her husband installed extra security after the incidents and no longer felt as secure in their home.

Ashby, a painter and decorator from Skippe Close, Ledbury, denied the charge but, representing himself during the trial, he told the court he had no defence. He was given a five-week sentence suspended for two years.

Ace, a former sales manager from Deer Mead, Clevedon, in Somerset, admitted disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment and failing to come down from the roof when asked to do so by police. He was given a four-week sentence suspended for two years.

Both men were ordered to obey a curfew between 8pm and 5am until January 5. They must also each pay £100 compensation to the victims and £100 in costs.

On Thursday, Ashby told the court: "I wanted to exercise my right to protest while the family laws in this country are unjust."

But the court also heard that Ace now realised that it was wrong to stage a demonstration on the roof of a private house and is no longer a member of F4J.



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Wednesday, 17th December 2008


Father guilty over Harman roof protest


Published Date: 17 December 2008

A Fathers 4 Justice campaigner who dressed as Batman to invade the roof of Harriet Harman's London home has been warned he could face a prison sentence.

The protest by Anthony Ashby, 43, was "very distressing" to the house's inhabitants and forced the Leader of the Commons to move out not, knowing when her family could return home, a judge heard.


Ashby, a self-employed painter and decorator from Skippe Close, Ledbury, Herefordshire, denied disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment and failing to come down from the roof when told to do so by police.



District Judge Emma Arbuthnot, sitting at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court, found him guilty of both charges concerning the home of the Labour MP for Camberwell and Peckham.


Judge Arbuthnot told him: "I'm leaving all options open. I haven't decided what I'm going to do with you yet, I haven't excluded custody."



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Grantham Journal

Father to learn fate over Harman roof protest



Published Date: 17 December 2008

A Fathers 4 Justice campaigner from Somerset who admitted dressing as Spiderman to invade Harriet Harman's roof will learn his fate later this week.


Nigel Ace, 40, a former sales manager from Deer Mead, Clevedon, admitted disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment and failing to come down from the roof of the London home when told to do so by police.


He was joined in the protest by Anthony Ashby, 43, a self-employed painter and decorator from Skippe Close, Ledbury, Herefordshire, who had denied the charges.


But District Judge Emma Arbuthnot, sitting at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court, found him guilty of both charges.


She told him: "I'm leaving all options open. I haven't decided what I'm going to do with you yet. I haven't excluded custody."


The protest was "very distressing" to the house's inhabitants and forced the Leader of the House of Commons to move out not knowing when her family could return home, a judge heard.


Ashby, who dressed at Batman, argued in court that he had not distressed the politician and her husband, the union leader Jack Dromey.


He said: "I don't think he was distressed at all - probably annoyed, but not distressed. Like I say, he's a man of the unions, so he's a stronger man than that."


Georgina Nicholas, prosecuting, said Ace and Ashby "flatly refused" to come down from the roof, turning their backs on police and ignoring officers.


The court heard Ace told police Ms Harman needed to engage in debate, saying: "She's ignoring us and that is why we are here again. If not we want Gordon Brown to come down - no messing about."



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Project Save Christmas ~ Fathers 4 Justice Canada

from Mike Murphy
toSanta Claus hohoho@northpole.merrychristmas>


date16 December 2008
subjectProject Save Christmas






December 16, 2008


SANTA CLAUS
NORTH POLE
H0H 0H0
CANADA


Dear Santa:


Project Save Christmas: http://www.fathers-4-justice-canada.ca/content.asp?DocID=36


Three and a half years ago on June 8, 2005 my children were torn from me and I did not find them for 7 months. Christmas in 2005 was the loneliest day of my life. I cried and cried for their presence but it was not to happen.


For the past 3.5 years, due to the winner-take-all adversarial “no fault” court process I have been fighting to regain my equality as a parent in their lives. It is a very expensive process that is not yet over and the only winners will be the lawyers who keep bringing their customers to court instead of doing the right thing and keeping both parents in the children’s lives on an equal basis.


I will be living below the poverty line after it is all over and likely be homeless.


Equality by definition means just that except in our family court. Instead of the best interest of the children it is confrontation after confrontation through the court to win back the God given gift of fatherhood and parenthood that my government has taken away from me to the detriment of the health and well being of my children. All studies point to the fact children do far better in all situations when both parents remain in their lives equally.


Ten years ago, on December 9, 1998 a report was filed to the then Liberal Government of Mr. Chr├ętien entitled “For the sake of the Children”. It can be viewed here. http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=1031529&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=36&Ses=1&File=6


In it was recommended a new way of dealing with the end of marriage by which there would be a presumption of shared parenting. Australia introduced it in 2006 and some U.S. states have added it since, including Florida on October 1, 2008. Canada has not acted on this recommendation.


The spirit of Christmas is being eroded from the lives of thousands of families and I would wish you to help bring about changes to give us Equal and Shared Parenting for all affected Mom’s and Dad’s for Christmas. It will help to bring some joy back to this wonderful celebration of giving and that is indeed in the best interest of our children.


Michael Murphy cid:000a01c705ad$0add39e0$6400a8c0@mikeA2GJRT6TF9
A sad but optimistic dad.
Fathers 4 Justice
Sault Ste. Marie ON P6A6J8

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