By Sarah Lumley
when I was just three, face justice'
A member of Salford’s Charedi community, who was jailed for the rape and abuse of children, has failed in a legal challenge to his convictions.
Glausiusz, of Leicester Road, Broughton Park, was convicted of three rapes and six sexual assaults at Manchester Crown Court after a seven-week trial last year.
Glausiusz was jailed for 16 years, with another six years to be served consecutively for other crimes against children.
On Tuesday, Glausiusz launched appeals against his sex offence convictions, claiming a series of mistakes during his trial meant the jury's guilty verdicts were "unsafe".
The trial judge had not properly warned the jury about how to consider some of the evidence, his lawyers claimed.
Potentially critical evidence had also been included in the trial in order to "bolster an inherently weak" case against him, they said.
It consisted of images of naked teenage women which were found on his laptop and which his lawyers claimed had prejudiced the jury against him.
There was also "fresh evidence" from a new witness which suggested that one of Glausiusz's victims had admitted he was lying, it was claimed.
After a 90-minute hearing at the Court of Appeal in London on Tuesday, appeal judge Mr Justice Holgate rejected Glausiusz's case.
"Overall, there is no arguable basis for contending that any of the convictions were unsafe," he said. "Therefore, the renewed application for leave to appeal is refused."
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A Hamilton man has been sentenced to seven years for sexual interference and making child pornography, linked to a case the Crown called "too horrible for words" (7th story on link) where a seven-year-old girl was advertised for abuse on Craigslist.
Justice Joe Fiorucci said the 38-year-old man, who cannot be named because of a publication ban put in place to protect the victim, helped make the young girl a "prop" in a "perverted show."
"It is at this point when the unimaginable intersects with reality," Fiorucci said in his decision.
With credit for time served, the man will serve an additional three years and four months in a penitentiary. The Crown was seeking an eight-year sentence, while the defence was seeking five-and-a-half years.
Unfortunately, the child will still be a child when the pervert gets out. That is just not fair to the child. But Canadian justice is not known for being fair to victims, only to criminals.
The man is the last of five adults who have been tried in a sweeping sexual abuse case that shocked Hamilton.
Court has heard the young girl was offered up for abuse online by her mother's then-boyfriend back in 2016.
Along with abusing the girl, the boyfriend also took thousands of illicit photos and videos of her over an 18-month period, court has heard. That man, who Fiorucci called "deviant and antisocial," is currently serving 13 years in prison.
Court has heard the man who was sentenced Tuesday was high and drunk when he went to the other man's house in April of 2016. He watched homemade child porn with him, looked on as the then-boyfriend sexually assaulted her, and finally abused the girl himself while his friend recorded it.
The man previously pleaded guilty to sexual interference, but denied knowing his friend was recording the assault. He was found guilty of making child pornography back in August.
Crown prosecutor Janet Booy called it a "horrible, despicable case. It's probably the worst I've ever seen," she said. "No sentence can ever bring back the innocence of the young victim."
Nor can it relieve her nightmares knowing that he will be on the streets again while she is barely into her teens.
The girl's aunt, who has attended court to stand witness for the family, said the girl is now getting professional help and trying to work through the trauma. "I can only hope my niece is able to have a normal life," she said. "It's crazy that grown adults could do this. Now that it's over, it's time to start healing."
As the man was led into court wearing a striped green and black shirt and glasses, the girl's aunt became visibly redder. She deeply exhaled as the horrific details of what happened to her niece were read aloud, before holding her head in her hands.
Court heard that the man who was sentenced Tuesday had a problem with drinking, and has also abused pot, cocaine and methamphetamine.
Psychological testing showed the man, who has three children himself, has "low intellectual functioning," the judge said. Fiorucci said that despite the man's limitations, testing showed his judgment and decision making abilities to be in the average range.
The man was also sexually abused when he was a child, court heard, as well as physically and emotionally abused by his stepfather.
Court also heard the man has "expressed remorse that appears to be sincere" and shows "positive prospects for rehabilitation," but the judge said that deterrence and separation from society takes precedence over rehabilitation in a case like this.
"The well-being of our children must take precedence," Fiorucci said.
Wouldn't that be nice! Now how about someone going after Craigslist for facilitating this girl's horror story?