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Boys caged for 13 years! Story Link Here...

Longer jail term sought in cage case
Kept adopted boys in cages 13 years
Province seeks longer sentences


ROBERT BENZIE
QUEEN'S PARK BUREAU

The Ontario government is appealing the nine-month jail sentences given a Blackstock couple who kept two adopted sons locked in cages over 13 years.

In a four-page notice of appeal filed to the Court of Appeal, the province said Mr. Justice Donald Halikowski "erred in principle by failing to consider the breach of trust committed" by the adoptive parents.

That, the statement continued, gave "insufficient weight to the principles of general deterrence and denunciation."

Furthermore, Halikowski "erred in principle in imposing concurrent sentences" on the couple, who cannot be named to protect the identities of the boys, now 17 and 18.

The sentence is "clearly unreasonable and demonstrably unfit," concluded the province's notice of appeal.

While the sentencing on July 5 sparked outrage across Canada and provoked angry editorials in most major newspapers, Brendan Crawley, spokesperson for the Ministry of the Attorney General, said that is not the reason for the appeal.

The crown sought a prison term of six to eight years for the adoptive mother and three to five for the adoptive father.

Halikowski said the adoptive parents' actions were "underscored by good intentions."

He sentenced the woman, 43, and her husband, 52, who pleaded guilty in January, to nine months' concurrent jail terms on two counts each of assault with a weapon and forcible confinement.

They also received one-month concurrent sentences for failing to provide the necessities of life.

While they will be on probation for three years, they could be eligible for parole in less than three months.

The two boys, who had expressed disappointment in the light sentences, now live in separate foster homes.

The couple adopted the brothers at 2 and 3 from the woman's sister, who later died of alcohol abuse.

The boys went to school but were caged at home.
 

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A good chance they'll be free in 3 months. BS. And they'll probably be allowed to adopt more kids too at that. :(
 

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Fitting punishment? One year in prison for each year the kids were caged. Then shoot them.

Unless they were caged in really nice cages.
 

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NO cage is a nice cage for a human. My puppy loves his cage though... This judge needs to be put in a cage.
 

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BuRn__ said:
maybe word will get around in prison, and they get to be bubba's bitches.

OH it will get around. If you know anything about prison, you'd know that people that hurt children are usually the worst treated in jail by OTHER prisoners. The guards will let the cat out of the bag before they even arrive. Still though, that sentence is a joke.
 
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