STOP plea bargaining! Our children deserve better!

Our babies, our children are our most precious gifts. Sadly they are also our most vulnerable of all victims. New Zealand has one of the worst levels of Child Abuse in the developed world. A shameful, devastating statistic that is only getting worse!

Every five weeks an innocent child’s life is stolen. Why are so many innocent children’s lives worth so little to so many? When will our Government, our Justice System open their eyes; open their hearts and respect the value of the future of our innocent children?

Little Bella Richardson was only eight months old when she lost her life to the one man who should of protected her. Nicho Caleb Frater (26) had been told he was Bella’s father. He moved in with Bella, Bella’s mother, Bella’s older siblings and his own mother moved in as well. Two weeks later Bella was dead.

Bella’s mother had taken her three other children to school leaving Bella with Frater. Bella had been unsettled and irritated when her mother returned. Bella’s mother left the house for the second time. Within half an hour of Bella’s mother leaving, Frater had picked Bella up and thrown her causing a brain and spinal cord hemorrhage and head injury.

Bella had stopped breathing and her breath went limp. Attempts were made to resuscitate Bella but she died of the fatal injuries inflicted by Frater.

Frater’s act of violence was described as ‘a momentary loss of control’ and

‘frustration’. Frater was charged with Bella’s murder in September 2018. Frater pleaded non-guilty to Murder but today plead guilty to Manslaughter.

Justice Rebecca Ellis convicted Frater today at the Wellington High Court. He will be held in Remand until sentencing on the 16th of December.

Bella’s little life was stolen by a horrific act of violence. Frater admitted he threw Bella, an innocent vulnerable child who relied on the safety and protection of an adult. Fraters Mother was also in the home at the time – why was she not able to help settle little Bella when Frater was ‘frustrated’. There are NO excuses for deliberately throwing an eight month old child. A horrific act of violence that caused an innocent baby her life.

Downgrading a Murder charge to Manslaughter is an insult to an innocent babies life; a beautiful little girl who deserved to be safe. Our precious children matter – their lives matter!! ENDS

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/116909007/baby-bella-died-after-being-thrown-in-a-moment-of-frustration?cid=app-iPhone

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