DOCS AND JUSTICE
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(Editor: On 03/April/2009 at 14:00 the NAME and ADDRESS of the author of the letter below have been removed on request of a person claiming to be that person and using a hotmail e-mail address.)
This e-mail is being sent to:
The United Nations
The Governor General
The Attorney General
Premier Peter Beatie, MP
The President of Lone Fathers Ass
Mayor of Mackay Julie Boyd
Channel 10, 7, 9, ABC
The Sunday Mail
25th March 2007.
To whom it may concern.
I am writing this letter to attempt to have justice done.
I have been falsely accused of a horrendous crime and I must now stand trial for this and I do understand as to why.
How ever this is not the major problem at this time, this plea for help is against the Department of Child safety and to the fact that they are as far as anyone can see operating totally beyond their powers and authority.
Listed below are three different accounts of their abuse of their power and the system in place.
Firstly my partner has had her children repeatedly removed from her even though we obeyed the law and conditions of my bail.
The first occasion that they were removed was when I was first charged and she did not see them for three weeks. During this time there was one occasion that one of the children broke away from her mother and came to me and hugged me, this sent DOCS into a frenzy of accusations and harassment to the eldest of the two girls. On one occasion the solicitor wanted the names of the children's fathers and asked for them but also included the statement if she knows who they are. This is a low act by anyone but being DOCS they get away with it
This second time that the children have been removed from her is because of me seeing the children when a magistrate and the police said that my bail conditions are now changed and I could go home. As this order was made late on a Friday afternoon my partner and I waited until the following Monday to obtain a copy of the court document to verify that it was correct.
A couple of days later DOCS came to where my partner was living and as I was there got another magistrate to over rule this decision and took the children. I was only there on the day they turned up to discuss my moving back in and the children were not at the house at the time. I do not live with my partner as proven by the change of address acceptance signed by a Mackay Police officer. When these workers attended the house I went to see who was at the door as my partner was busy at the time. These workers did not show identification and when they said you are R...... I replied yes however they did not ask my last name. This is the first time that I had seen these workers.
The following day the DOCS workers had two police cars with them when they came to pick up the children and then led the children five doors down in the company of the police down the street to where they had parked their cars. The police officers actually had to question a friend in the house at the time to find out what was going on as they thought they were investigating a domestic disturbance.
The children were then sent to two (2) different homes in which to live, one of these children is only five (5) years old and is understandably upset about what is happening. The house where the five (5) year old is living has up to between six to seven children there as well as the carer who is a grandmother of only some of the children living there as well as one of her middle aged adult sons. The carer is also under investigation for child abuse against one of her natural grandsons. The last time that this child was taken when she came back to her mother she started to misbehave and light fires in the house she also would not sleep on her own or with out a night light this is out of the ordinary for this child as she has never had a problem prior to this happening. The question must be asked is where are all these children sleeping?
The eldest child is fourteen (14) years old and has started to self harm, the DOCS worker stated in court that the child only had a couple of small marks on her. The accompanying photos taken on Sunday the 18th March 2007 at the Mackay Christian City Church prove otherwise. This can also be verified by contacting the pastor of the church as both he and his wife saw the marks on the child on Sunday the 11th march 2007. Their phone numbers are 49530042 or 0411208381. On the 23rd of March 2007 it was arranged by Beth a docs worker that both the girls were to be taken to church on the Sunday the 25th of March as it was the eldest Childs birthday and the arrangement was that they would have contact with their mother on this day for the birthday however even though the carer had plenty of notice and had agreed to supervise this contact she and her family had a large party on the Saturday night and was unfit to drive the next morning because of her state on the Sunday the contact was unable to occur and their mother was left standing at the church waiting for her children with presents for the eldest child in hand.
My partner had to go to court on the 14th march 2007 at 4.00 pm to get back the custody of her children; the magistrate said that he would defer his decision until the following morning.
On the 15th march 2007 at 8:45am she attended court and magistrate Ross Risson stated that he was not inclined to grant the 4 week order that DOCS had applied for and said that the children would be returned to her. However magistrate Risson said that he would allow DOCS until 2.00 pm to find any reason why he should rule otherwise.
At 2.00 p.m. that afternoon the case was resumed and my partner was served inside the court room a new order that DOCS had lodged at 1.30 pm that day. This order included that docs wanted full custody of her children for two (2) years. These new orders were an amendment of the previous orders.
Magistrate Ross Risson asked DOCS if they had come up with nothing new to which DOCS answered no they hadn't, and he stated that he would not grant the new 4 week order to DOCS,
But because the new custody order had been rushed through it was heard straight away even before her Barrister or solicitor had looked at the new order and Magistrate Ross Risson granted them the new order he had given them time to draw up. This matter is to be heard on the 18th of April 2007 after another mediation meeting on the 12th of April 2007.
In September 2006 my partner submitted an affidavit to the courts which resulted in the children being returned to her, one of the conditions was that the children had no contact with me at any time. Magistrate Ross Risson stated that there was to be mediation and the children appointed their own lawyer. DOCS did not get in touch with my partner until a week before the mediation was to go ahead and it was for a chat before the meditation however the children's lawyer still had not assessed or interviewed the children or anyone else for that matter. This did not stop DOCS and the mediation went ahead without the children's voices being heard.
I was not allowed to be in this room as I was told only the father is allowed into these discussions, but to these children I am the only father that they have known in their lives. The DOCS workers wanted to draw up a plan for the safety of the children but that included not having any contact with me for one (1) year. It was later on in the month that a safety plan was drawn up with out my partner or her lawyer being present; my partner went to the DOCS office to draw this plan up but was told that the case workers were not there. DOCS made another appointment but my partner's lawyer had failed to get in touch with them to say she would not be there as she was moving house.
One of the workers at DOCS (Haley Caldwell) has stated to my partner that if I was in jail they wouldn't be doing this to her and she has also stated that regardless of if I am found innocent I would never be able to see the children again without supervision* this statement was repeated in court on the 18th March 2007 (* I have a taped recording of the two (2) previous statements from DOCS).
On the DOCS affidavits that they have presented to the courts as true and correct, there has been mistakes in every one but the court has accepted them regardless, but these are supposed to be perfect otherwise they should be dismissed as false. How are they still being accepted?
The second case that I bring to your notice is where a child was molested and then told her mother; the mother then took the child to the juvenile aid bureau (J.A.B.) at the Mackay police station. This took about four hours so the child had had to relate what had happened to her twice. After leaving J.A.B. the mother and the child went home, one (1) hour after they had returned home DOCS turned up and took the child away. The mother of this child was not allowed to see the child during the week but the child was allowed to return home every weekend.
How this child was allowed to be taken in the first place when she needed her mother to love and nurture her through this difficult time, or is this example of the DOCS here in Mackay going above their legal responsibilities.
The reason I have not included any names in this letter is due to the fact that DOCS can at any time make accusations and take the children without justification and with police back up.
I have spoken to a lot of solicitors and barristers about this matter and the overwhelming consensus from them all is that the workers at DOCS are to put it in the politest words of one barrister the lowest scum that you could meet and the ones in Mackay are the worst as people are too scared of losing their children to do anything about it, and are not held accountable to their superiors.
I am sending this e-mail to every radio, television station and news paper in Queensland as well as all those in power I can find.
There is a great fear in the community of these people and their ability to what seems to be kidnapping of children and that is why the parents of these children do not complain about the way they and their children are treated.