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    Australia : Child, 4, died after being forced to ride motorbike by mother, court told

    Child, 4, died after being forced to ride motorbike by mother, court told
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    Ashlee Jean Polkinghorne laughed as the girl crashed, the court heard.
    (ABC News: James Hancock)

    A four-year-old girl died after crashing into objects while being forced to ride a motorbike as her mother filmed her, a South Australian court has heard.

    Supreme Court Justice Trish Kelly commented on the child's obvious fear in video footage shown to the court of her opening Christmas presents just days earlier.

    Ashley Jean Polkinghorne and her partner Benjamin Robert McPartland are awaiting sentencing for manslaughter by criminal negligence over the death of the woman's young daughter Chloe.

    The girl was repeatedly put on a 50-kilogram motorbike in the backyard of the family home at Ingle Farm in January 2012 and the mother and partner filmed the girl crashing into objects.

    The Supreme Court was told the girl suffered severe injuries and was so swollen and bruised when taken to hospital that some other family members could not recognise her.

    During sentencing submissions, Justice Kelly made particular reference to the video screened to the court of the child on her last Christmas Day.
    The footage I've seen of that child opening her Christmas presents is one of the most chilling pieces of footage I have ever seen of a child opening Christmas presents.

    South Australian Supreme Court Justice Trish Kelly
    "The footage I've seen of that child opening her Christmas presents is one of the most chilling pieces of footage I have ever seen of a child opening Christmas presents. It was utterly chilling," she said.

    "This was a plainly frightened child on Christmas Day."

    The court heard Chloe sometimes clung to her grandmother at the end of visits and pleaded not to be sent back home to Polkinghorne and her partner.

    It was told the child had confided to a family member she was "scared" of McPartland.

    Justice Kelly said both Polkinghorne and McPartland had sought to blame each other for the girl's death after she crashed.

    Grandmother held girl as she died in hospital

    In a victim impact statement which was read to the court, Polkinghorne's mother, Belinda Valentine, said her granddaughter's death had "shattered" the lives of other family members.

    She told how she rushed to hospital and held her granddaughter as she died.

    "She was like a broken doll lying in the bed in hospital with tubes and wires coming out of her," Ms Valentine said.

    "At first I couldn't recognise her, she was so swollen and bruised and broken. It was horrific and unbelievable.
    They say people look peaceful in death. Chloe didn't. She looked battered and bruised and alone.

    Belinda Valentine, grandmother
    "They say people look peaceful in death. Chloe didn't. She looked battered and bruised and alone."

    Ms Valentine says the inconsistent accounts Polkinghorne and McPartland gave to authorities after Chloe's death only made the family's grief worse.

    "When those circumstances are shrouded in secrecy and lies it makes the depth of feelings such as anger, sadness, regret and frustration intensify beyond reason," she said.

    The court heard Polkinghorne and McPartland left the hospital as soon as Chloe's life support was turned off and were not there at the time of death.

    It was told the pair were smoking and laughing outside the hospital and were overheard saying that they could not believe police had not found their cannabis stash during a visit to the house.

    Polkinghorne cried and shook her head at times during the latest hearing.

    Judge questions if it were more than stupidity

    McPartland's lawyer, Anthony Allen, told the court it was a tragic case and his client accepted joint responsibility for Chloe's death.

    "This case ... is really stupidity at its highest level that's had devastating consequences," he said.

    Justice Kelly questioned that statement, saying the child was repeatedly made to get back on the motorbike despite her horrific injuries.

    "Depending on what view you take, it's more than stupidity at its highest level, there is a sinister element to this. It's more than neglect," she said.

    "She's virtually thrown onto the bike at one point."

    Justice Kelly asked Mr Allen if the act of putting the child on the motorbike were a crime in itself, but he countered it was not.

    Justice Kelly responded it "should be".

    Polkinghorne and McPartland will be sentenced later.

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    Incredible. I used to have a beer sometimes at the Ingle Farm Hotel- some of the biker scum rolling up there should have been jailed on sight. But at least they flaunted their bull terriers on their bike, not a young baby.

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    Horrible.

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    That thing of a mother should have her bits sown up.

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    Horrible sick people have kids. Horrible sick people make kids. When these people find each other little kids suffer. If only the grandmother had had the guts to do something. I know 20/20 hindsight. Hope they go down for a long while. I know, no chance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post

    South Australian Supreme Court Justice Trish Kelly
    "The footage I've seen of that child opening her Christmas presents is one of the most chilling pieces of footage I have ever seen of a child opening Christmas presents. It was utterly chilling," she said.

    "This was a plainly frightened child on Christmas Day."
    Apart from her final death, this is the saddest part.

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    This sickens and angers me.
    As I'm sure it does everyone who reads it.
    So why post it here Mid?
    It's not relevant to this board in anyway and of all the other news stories that day why choose this one?
    I'd rather not have read it, and having read it is not beneficial to me or the people involved.
    Now I'm just angry and upset.
    Why the fuck would you post that?
    "In my professional assessment as an intelligence officer, Trump has a reflexive, defensive, monumentally narcissistic personality, for whom the facts and national interest are irrelevant, and the only thing that counts is whatever gives personal advantage and directs attention to himself."

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    Have to agree, I wish I had never read this sad story.

    Every time someone posts a reply, it pops up again. Makes me feel so sorry for that poor child, over and over.

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    Unpleasant as it is, why should this story not be posted?

    Among other nasties, here on TD we read of war and murder and mayhem with hundreds of thousands killed, avoidable and brainless carnage on the roads, people killing others over a friendly drink, and even children prostituted, tortured, cremated alive and beheaded.

    Why suddenly the righteous indignation over this particular depraved act?

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    ^ Indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Incredible. I used to have a beer sometimes at the Ingle Farm Hotel- some of the biker scum rolling up there should have been jailed on sight. But at least they flaunted their bull terriers on their bike, not a young baby.
    Why should they be jailed on sight ? Because they ride a bike or because of the way they look ?
    Don't see anything mentioning the parents are bikers.

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    There is another one in the paper today.

    Man battered young child repeatedly and finally to death. Found in it's cot dead for a week.

    He got 7 years.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger
    Because they ride a bike or because of the way they look ?
    Neither (that's just a fashion crime). Because of the way they act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    This sickens and angers me.
    As I'm sure it does everyone who reads it.
    So why post it here Mid?
    It's not relevant to this board in anyway and of all the other news stories that day why choose this one?
    I'd rather not have read it, and having read it is not beneficial to me or the people involved.
    Now I'm just angry and upset.
    Why the fuck would you post that?
    World News The forum for posting news events from all over the world, ie America, Australia, Africa, Europe and any where else that isn't in Asia.

    and your attitude of not wanting to know that it happened is the perfect justification for posting the article .

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    When I first glanced at the heading I thought that's just another Thai thing, and was going to read it later, A Thai Mother driving with a four year old, then I saw that it was an Aus story.
    That made it interesting, you don't expect to see that kind of thing happening in Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Incredible. I used to have a beer sometimes at the Ingle Farm Hotel- some of the biker scum rolling up there should have been jailed on sight. But at least they flaunted their bull terriers on their bike, not a young baby.
    I see most post were deleted, but really what does bikers have to do with these retards, if there was a link to bikers or clubs even if they were related 3rd cousins the media would be blaming the bikers, look at a picture of the scum they look like school teachers or government workers not bikers.

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    Seems many only think these things happen in Asia, or just deny the fact its happening in there own backyards but not want to see.

    News is news even if you not wish to read.

    jail is to good for these pieces of shit.

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