Friday, 12 June 2009
Well, what the hell does she expect? A bouquet of flowers from Interflora? With the Anglobitch, however, literally anything is possible...
By the time the third sexual assault charge against Vanessa George was read out by the clerk at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court, gasps of horror from the public gallery turned to jeers and cries of “sick”.
A man spat at the 39-year-old mother of two, who was protected by a glass screen surrounding the dock. Another cried out as if in pain and was helped from the court. This was the first time that the parents of infants who attended Little Ted’s nursery where Mrs George worked had heard the details of the allegations against her.
Four charges included an allegation of sexual penetration on two infant girls and an indecent assault on an infant boy. In addition, she faces three separate charges of making, possessing and distributing indecent pictures of children. Mrs George spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth and to say that she had no fixed abode. She was invited to enter a plea but declined. As a security guard led her from the dock, a woman shouted: “Look us in the face, Vanessa.” Mrs George did not respond and kept her eyes fixed firmly on the ground.
She had been driven to court in a police van with blacked-out windows before 7am. The van went straight into the underground car park beneath the court, out of sight of the protesters on the pavement opposite.
Earlier, the magistrate, Hilary Anderson, warned the parents not to disrupt the hearing. She said: “This case is of a very sensitive nature and I would like to remind those in the public gallery that they should remain silent during proceedings. Anyone causing disruption will be removed from the court and, if necessary, the court would be cleared.”
Mrs George was remanded in custody until September 21 when she will appear at Plymouth Crown Court. As she was driven away in a police van, the vehicle was pelted with flour and officers made two arrests. Twenty officers were outside the court prepared for trouble, but many of the parents and their supporters did no more than watch her departure in silence.
A team of more than 40 officers is working on the investigation, which began on Monday when Mrs George was arrested at her home in the Efford area of Plymouth. Little Ted’s nursery was closed and computers and a phone were seized during a search.
The charge list:
1. Between January 1, 2007 and June 8, 2009 at Plymouth in the county of Devon, she [assaulted] a girl aged under 13, namely about one year old, as shown in recovered image 140, exhibit number SCL1.
2. Between the same dates at Plymouth she intentionally touched a girl under 13, namely an infant girl, as shown in the exhibit, and the touching was sexual.
3. Between January 1, 2007 and June 6, 2009 at Plymouth, intentionally touched a boy under 13, namely an infant boy, and the touching was sexual.
4. Between the same dates at Plymouth took an indecent photograph of a child.
5. Between January 1, 2007 and June 8, 2009 at Plymouth, intentionally [assaulted] a girl under 13, an infant girl.
6. On June 6, 2009, possessed indecent photographs of children
7. Between January 1, 2007 and June 8, 2009, at Plymouth, distributed indecent photographs of a child.
The British matriarchy being what it is, it shouldn't surprise us if George is released in six months for 'good behaviour'. After all, Louise Woodward murdered a child and served no time at all...