EDITOR'S CHAIR: Murdering yob had been a scumbag for years

South Wales Argus: EDITOR'S CHAIR: Murdering yob had been a scumbag for years EDITOR'S CHAIR: Murdering yob had been a scumbag for years

GAVIN Mills is a murdering scumbag.

Thankfully he is now off our streets and will be for many years.

The shame is it took the vicious, unprovoked murder of a 60-year-old man walking home from a night shift to get him put away for so long.

Jerzy Dubiniec was a master baker for decades in Poland. He had been in Newport, helping a family friend who had just taken over a bakery, for less than a month when Mills punched, kicked and stamped him to death in the street.

Mills did not become a scumbag when he murdered Mr Dubiniec last August. He had been a scumbag for years.

We have been reporting on his unpleasant activities for years.

Way back in 2003, when he was a teenager, he was well known to police as a troublemaker. Part of a gang that terrorised residents on the Broadmead and Moorland Park estates in Newport, Mills was eventually served with an Asbo early in 2004.

Since then he has been in jail for burglary and cautioned for assault.

When he was given his Asbo at the age of 17 this newspaper had to battle to name him after his solicitor objected to his identity being revealed - but we were not allowed to publish his photograph.

Having to fight to name and shame habitual wrong-doers like Gavin Mills, whatever their age, sums up the way in which the criminal justice system in this country still seems to put the rights of criminals before those of the victims of crime.

Politicians may tell you they are changing the way the courts deal with victims and witnesses but we see little evidence of it, despite the best efforts of volunteer groups like Victim and Witness Support.

Naming Gavin Mills and printing his photograph all those years ago is unlikely to have saved Jerzy DubiniecÕs life.

But surely law-abiding people have the right to know who the trouble-makers are in their communities and what they look like?

Too many people like Gavin Mills become almost permanent fixtures in local court rooms.

Few of them escalate the seriousness of their crimes to the extent that Mills did.

But frequent brushes with the law seem to have done nothing to stop his lawless behaviour. And that should be a worry for us all.


A FOOTNOTE to my piece a couple of weeks ago about the dangers of the Leveson Inquiry into Press standards recommending statutory regulation of the written media.

I note one learned journalism academic (a former editor of the Daily Mirror) is calling for 'light touch' statutory regulation of the Press.

Do not be fooled. There is no such thing.

Laws are laws and there are already plenty in place to deal with journalists who act in a criminal manner.


A COUPLE of poor results and Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh is getting a bit of stick from fans on internet messageboards.

Really?

This is the guy who took over with County dead certs for relegation. In just a year he has kept them up, got the club to Wembley for the first time in its 100-year history, and County now sit proudly at the top of the league.

If Edinburgh is getting criticism now then what chance has every other manager in the league got?

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10:22am Thu 1 Nov 12

county mad says...

This thug has grown into the monster he is because of the kid gloves approach of the judicial system another of labours legacies.
This thug has grown into the monster he is because of the kid gloves approach of the judicial system another of labours legacies. county mad
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12:29pm Thu 1 Nov 12

33daverave says...

Dog excrement is of a higher class than that foul piece of scum.
How about asking his family for a statement ?
Dog excrement is of a higher class than that foul piece of scum. How about asking his family for a statement ? 33daverave
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2:18pm Thu 1 Nov 12

iandfox says...

Why can't we have a three strikes and your out.Three convictions and 20 years behind bars.
Why can't we have a three strikes and your out.Three convictions and 20 years behind bars. iandfox
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4:13pm Thu 1 Nov 12

monkeytennisboy says...

County and foxy are spot on, but its never going to change with the fluffy liberals who run the country, such a shame we now encourage filth instead of killing it.
County and foxy are spot on, but its never going to change with the fluffy liberals who run the country, such a shame we now encourage filth instead of killing it. monkeytennisboy
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6:18pm Thu 1 Nov 12

speakoutnow says...

This reminds me of a murder several years ago in North Wales where the perpetrator's past history was revealed post sentence.
It was a catalogue of crimes starting of with petty offences which gradually increased in severity.
Each time he was given a "slap on the wrist" but never a serious sentence, as a result he obviously thought our justice system a joke.
So the inevitable happened and he stabbed a teenager....ending his life!
I wonder if the JP's etc involved were happy with their handling of this thug which like this Newport low-life has ended with an innocent person losing his life.
Shame on them and the system.
This reminds me of a murder several years ago in North Wales where the perpetrator's past history was revealed post sentence. It was a catalogue of crimes starting of with petty offences which gradually increased in severity. Each time he was given a "slap on the wrist" but never a serious sentence, as a result he obviously thought our justice system a joke. So the inevitable happened and he stabbed a teenager....ending his life! I wonder if the JP's etc involved were happy with their handling of this thug which like this Newport low-life has ended with an innocent person losing his life. Shame on them and the system. speakoutnow
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6:36pm Thu 1 Nov 12

chris227 says...

unfortunately labours policies encourage families like his to breed there will be many more like him in years to come. but unfortunately for labour as usually with there polices it was not thought through as these type are usually illiterate and do not vote.
unfortunately labours policies encourage families like his to breed there will be many more like him in years to come. but unfortunately for labour as usually with there polices it was not thought through as these type are usually illiterate and do not vote. chris227
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6:58pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Llanmartinangel says...

Weird isn't it. The vast majority would easily agree with these sentiments but the voiciferous 'we lock up too may people' minority carry the vote. That's democracy for you. As for the judiciary well clearly they never have to live through the blighted lives of the victims of pointless people like this particular maggot.
Weird isn't it. The vast majority would easily agree with these sentiments but the voiciferous 'we lock up too may people' minority carry the vote. That's democracy for you. As for the judiciary well clearly they never have to live through the blighted lives of the victims of pointless people like this particular maggot. Llanmartinangel
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