Domestic violence: Woman walks free from court after killing her son
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Domestic violence: Woman walks free from court after killing her son

Women who kill get soft sentences from feminist-friendly judiciary

Judge lets female child killer walk free

Anna Marshall 14 July 2004

On August 4, 2003, New South Wales woman Daniela Dawes (pictured) forced her 10-year-old autistic son Jason's mouth closed and pinched his nose until he stopped struggling. 

Daniela Dawes
 Daniela Dawes murdered her son, Jason  and walked free from the court on a good behaviour bond.
 Jason Dawes
 Jason Dawes - murdered by his mother


Describing the killing on Channel Nine's 60 Minutes program, Dawes said "He was playing. I, being in a depressed state, wasn't really up for playing. And I remember he ran off and I know I followed him into the rumpus room and then it was just something that was all happening before my eyes. I had no control over what was happening that day".  

After laying Jason's body on his bed, she phoned work to say she would not be in.

The legal system bent over backwards to accommodate this callous murderer. The public prosecutor accepted a guilty plea on the lesser charge of manslaughter.

In an incredible move when sentencing Dawes for her unspeakable crime in the Parramatta court on June 2, 2004, Judge Roy Ellis said that  she had suffered enough (never mind Jason) and let her walk free on a five-year good behaviour bond.

"I wish you all the best", said Judge Ellis as Dawes walked from the court and into a paid interview with TV host, Ray Martin.

Martin, host of A Current Affair, spoke to radio 2GB in defence of the interviews. "In the real world, people today . . . demand money for their stories. It would be fantastic if we didn't have to spend Mr Packer's money on these things," he said.

Dawes then took out an apprehended violence order against her husband, grabbed her remaining child and fled back to her home town.

When it was announced two weeks later that the Director of Public Prosecutions had appealed the sentence on the grounds that it was grossly inadequate, Martin called Dawes back for another interview.

Dawes has a make-over for Ray Martin

Gone was the frumpy woman with glasses, a look obviously cultivated for the court appearances. In her place was a glamorous woman with a stylish hair-do and no glasses. In an amazing role reversal the killer now played the victim. Here was the kind, innocent woman who could not understand why the legal system was persecuting her.

Martin, a notorious bleeding-heart, was sucked right in. He expressed concern about how this poor woman could cope with going back to court and with facing a possible jail sentence.

"So you're coming back to Sydney tomorrow" said Martin with a worried frown. "Where will you live, where will you stay, what will you do?".

Not one word of condemnation about Dawes' heinous crime from the unctuous Martin.

"Daniela, I wish you well", said Martin at the end of the interview, echoing Judge Ellis' words.

Is Dawes a psychopath?

It was all happening before my eyes but I didn't do it, is a trait of psychopaths who notoriously disclaim responsibility for their actions.

Portraying themselves as victims instead of perpetrators of crimes is another trait of psychopaths.



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