Doctor slates justice system for delays in child abuse case
Medical doctor, Dr Pat Dorman has slated the justice system for apparently failing two girls who have been removed from the custody of their parents, following allegations of sexual abuse.
The children are said to be too young to testify and so the strength of the case is entirely contingent on Dorman who has examined them and recorded their injuries.
While she has been called to court several times, the hearing had to be shelved as the state was not ready to proceed.
Dorman says the oldest girl has conclusive evidence of rape, while the other was introduced into the grooming process.
Three years down the line now, these children are doing extremely well in foster care but they need closure. The justice system has let them down.Dr Pat Dorman, Medical doctor
There is another female child now that was born in January that is still in the hands of this alleged perpetrator.Dr Pat Dorman, Medical doctor
She says she has been subpoenaed six times.
On Thursday I was supposed to go to court, I am in my car, ready to go , I am told 'don't come, defence attorney can't cross question you'. If I have been subpoenaed six times, surely he has been prepared those other five times to cross question me?Dr Pat Dorman, Medical doctor
Dorman says she has brought the matter to the attention of the deputy minister of justice.
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Speaking of the one year old sibling who is still in the custody of the accused parents, Women and Men Against Child Abuse's advocacy manager Luke Lamprecht says there is no doubt that the inference would be made or it should be assessed that the baby is at risk.
The problem that there has been no criminal finding means that people say 'oh well the parents haven't been found guilty' but they have in fact been found as people whose children are in need of protection....Luke Lamprecht, Advocacy manager - Women and Men Against Child Abuse
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