Newport mum was drunk, then stole, with four-year-old in tow

South Wales Argus: IN COURT: Melissa O’Reilly IN COURT: Melissa O’Reilly

A NEWPORT woman tried to steal Power Rangers toys, pick and mix sweets and bottles of wine from Morrisons while drunk in charge of a child, a court heard.

Melissa O’Reilly, 25, of St Andrew’s Place, appeared in Caerphilly Magistrates Court yesterday, where she admitted theft on February 19 this year and being drunk in charge of a child on the same day.

Prosecutor Ian Kolvin told the court O’Reilly went to Morrisons, Spytty Road, with her four-year-old son and began placing food items and toys into his rucksack.

While she paid for some, she was caught trying to leave with further items and taken to the security office at the supermarket.

She was found to have two bottles of wine, cheese, seven Power Ranger toys, two CDs, pick and mix and muffins she hadn’t paid for.

There was a further Spiderman toy that had been opened and the four-year-old was playing with.

The items totalled £58.47p and were all recovered, although the Spiderman figure, worth £8, could not be resold as it had been taken out of its packet.

Defence solicitor Gareth Thomas said O’Reilly was thoroughly ashamed at her first court appearance, adding: “Hopefully, shame will mean it will be the last.”

Aprobation report said that O’Reilly is a single mother on benefits after leaving a managerial position because she could not juggle it with childcare arrangements.

It said that she drinks to “help manage her emotions,” feeling trapped.

On the day of the incident, she only intended to have one glass to settle her nerves, but ended up drinking a whole bottle, the report said.

Chairman of the bench Peter Fry gave her a 12- month community order, with activities to address her alcohol issues.

She must also pay £8 compensation to Morrisons, £25 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

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9:51am Fri 5 Apr 13

Kelly23 says...

Single mother and like drinking and a theft every nice for her poor son
Single mother and like drinking and a theft every nice for her poor son Kelly23
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10:54am Fri 5 Apr 13

w.swift says...

Im the father of her son and when I was told what she had done I went absolutely spare with her, I do not agree with it at all especially as my son was with her. she is ashamed of what she has done and I know it would never happen again saying that I dont think her picture or her name should be in here! Its just adding salt to the wounds and further embarassment and it could cause problems with schools etc, she is very ashamed!!
Im the father of her son and when I was told what she had done I went absolutely spare with her, I do not agree with it at all especially as my son was with her. she is ashamed of what she has done and I know it would never happen again saying that I dont think her picture or her name should be in here! Its just adding salt to the wounds and further embarassment and it could cause problems with schools etc, she is very ashamed!! w.swift
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11:42am Fri 5 Apr 13

welshflinty says...

Bet she is on the dole, watches Jeremy Kyle and wears pj,s till late afternoon.
Bet she is on the dole, watches Jeremy Kyle and wears pj,s till late afternoon. welshflinty
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12:13pm Fri 5 Apr 13

rhys1927 says...

her name shouldnt be on the article?

maybe she should have thought about the consequences before getting drunk and commiting the crime.

The son has no chance in life if this is the example being set.
her name shouldnt be on the article? maybe she should have thought about the consequences before getting drunk and commiting the crime. The son has no chance in life if this is the example being set. rhys1927
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1:00pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Kelly23 says...

Maybe they put her picture up to warn shop that she takeing suff
Maybe they put her picture up to warn shop that she takeing suff Kelly23
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1:18pm Fri 5 Apr 13

w.swift says...

rhys1927 wrote:
her name shouldnt be on the article?

maybe she should have thought about the consequences before getting drunk and commiting the crime.

The son has no chance in life if this is the example being set.
Let me tell u now he has got a chance just because of this he hasnt? Im a positive role model in his life! And she watches jk till late afternoon? No she doesnt actually. She looks after my boy very well. It was a one off stupid incident that has made her look a fool, but a bad person shes not.
[quote][p][bold]rhys1927[/bold] wrote: her name shouldnt be on the article? maybe she should have thought about the consequences before getting drunk and commiting the crime. The son has no chance in life if this is the example being set.[/p][/quote]Let me tell u now he has got a chance just because of this he hasnt? Im a positive role model in his life! And she watches jk till late afternoon? No she doesnt actually. She looks after my boy very well. It was a one off stupid incident that has made her look a fool, but a bad person shes not. w.swift
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1:40pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Stevenboy says...

w.swift wrote:
Im the father of her son and when I was told what she had done I went absolutely spare with her, I do not agree with it at all especially as my son was with her. she is ashamed of what she has done and I know it would never happen again saying that I dont think her picture or her name should be in here! Its just adding salt to the wounds and further embarassment and it could cause problems with schools etc, she is very ashamed!!
'saying that I dont think her picture or her name should be in here!'

That's the way our justice system works mate. I'm sure Chris Huhne would have liked to have ticked the 'no publicity' box as well when he got caught swapping points with his wife. Ya do the crime....
[quote][p][bold]w.swift[/bold] wrote: Im the father of her son and when I was told what she had done I went absolutely spare with her, I do not agree with it at all especially as my son was with her. she is ashamed of what she has done and I know it would never happen again saying that I dont think her picture or her name should be in here! Its just adding salt to the wounds and further embarassment and it could cause problems with schools etc, she is very ashamed!![/p][/quote]'saying that I dont think her picture or her name should be in here!' That's the way our justice system works mate. I'm sure Chris Huhne would have liked to have ticked the 'no publicity' box as well when he got caught swapping points with his wife. Ya do the crime.... Stevenboy
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1:44pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Woodgnome says...

She's not a juvenile so will get named.

Probation said she's a "single mother" struggling to cope - so where's the absent dad?

Nevertheless she shouldn't be tried in the comments section.
She's not a juvenile so will get named. Probation said she's a "single mother" struggling to cope - so where's the absent dad? Nevertheless she shouldn't be tried in the comments section. Woodgnome
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1:49pm Fri 5 Apr 13

w.swift says...

Woodgnome wrote:
She's not a juvenile so will get named.

Probation said she's a "single mother" struggling to cope - so where's the absent dad?

Nevertheless she shouldn't be tried in the comments section.
The abscent dad sees his child every day and provides more than enough for him maybe people should wonder why shes struggling? Maybe shes depressed? And your right people shouldnt judge unless they know the full story
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: She's not a juvenile so will get named. Probation said she's a "single mother" struggling to cope - so where's the absent dad? Nevertheless she shouldn't be tried in the comments section.[/p][/quote]The abscent dad sees his child every day and provides more than enough for him maybe people should wonder why shes struggling? Maybe shes depressed? And your right people shouldnt judge unless they know the full story w.swift
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1:57pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Kelly23 says...

We get told wats put in the Argus unless it's more to the story that we all shouldn't no cos it nuffick to do with us we only get to no half of story
We get told wats put in the Argus unless it's more to the story that we all shouldn't no cos it nuffick to do with us we only get to no half of story Kelly23
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2:13pm Fri 5 Apr 13

marissa27 says...

hi here i am article over exagerated i deeply regret what i did have had some issue i look after my son i made a stupid mistake would like to forget about whats happened and move on would really appreciate it thanks a bit gutted its been in newspaper
hi here i am article over exagerated i deeply regret what i did have had some issue i look after my son i made a stupid mistake would like to forget about whats happened and move on would really appreciate it thanks a bit gutted its been in newspaper marissa27
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2:16pm Fri 5 Apr 13

marissa27 says...

welshflinty wrote:
Bet she is on the dole, watches Jeremy Kyle and wears pj,s till late afternoon.
dont actually cant stand the program ive always worked left my job as couldnt get childcare for. my late shifts
[quote][p][bold]welshflinty[/bold] wrote: Bet she is on the dole, watches Jeremy Kyle and wears pj,s till late afternoon.[/p][/quote]dont actually cant stand the program ive always worked left my job as couldnt get childcare for. my late shifts marissa27
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3:48pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Dolieboy says...

No cheese sandwiches for a while then ?
No cheese sandwiches for a while then ? Dolieboy
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4:00pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Realist UK says...

The mother is paying the price for a criminal act while under the influence of alcohol. In the cold light of day I'm sure she's mortified by what she did and, for the sake of her child, make a serious decision not to drink again, I'm not making excuses for her but reminding people that the majority of crime is alcohol / drug related.
The mother is paying the price for a criminal act while under the influence of alcohol. In the cold light of day I'm sure she's mortified by what she did and, for the sake of her child, make a serious decision not to drink again, I'm not making excuses for her but reminding people that the majority of crime is alcohol / drug related. Realist UK
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4:49pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Gareth says...

I have to say that I'm so impressed that Melissa and her son's father have come on here and acted so maturely.

Hats off to you folks.

Bearing in mind the nature of the publicity, it was never going to be pleasant, but you've dealt with the usual tut-tut finger-pointers really well.

There will undoubtedly be more people who will come on here and have a pop purely to see if you'll rise to it.

You haven't so far. I hope you don't.

Best of luck guys
I have to say that I'm so impressed that Melissa and her son's father have come on here and acted so maturely. Hats off to you folks. Bearing in mind the nature of the publicity, it was never going to be pleasant, but you've dealt with the usual tut-tut finger-pointers really well. There will undoubtedly be more people who will come on here and have a pop purely to see if you'll rise to it. You haven't so far. I hope you don't. Best of luck guys Gareth
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5:12pm Fri 5 Apr 13

NakedDancer says...

Agreed Gareth. I haven't usually got much patience in such cases but these seem like good people and Melissa seems to have learned from this episode. Good luck to all.
Agreed Gareth. I haven't usually got much patience in such cases but these seem like good people and Melissa seems to have learned from this episode. Good luck to all. NakedDancer
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5:20pm Fri 5 Apr 13

regescu72 says...

Alcohol. . . .the cause and the solution to all of lifes problem.
Alcohol. . . .the cause and the solution to all of lifes problem. regescu72
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7:57pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Newportlad says...

Off it just trying to please her children ! We've all been there! U just took it up a level lol don't let it bother u that much not many people read this paper haha
Off it just trying to please her children ! We've all been there! U just took it up a level lol don't let it bother u that much not many people read this paper haha Newportlad
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9:03pm Fri 5 Apr 13

Limestonecowboy says...

marissa27 wrote:
hi here i am article over exagerated i deeply regret what i did have had some issue i look after my son i made a stupid mistake would like to forget about whats happened and move on would really appreciate it thanks a bit gutted its been in newspaper
You're very brave to come on this forum to acknowledge what you've done was wrong (don't worry over some of the comments will soon be forgotten about) Hope you the best for the future & things will get better.
[quote][p][bold]marissa27[/bold] wrote: hi here i am article over exagerated i deeply regret what i did have had some issue i look after my son i made a stupid mistake would like to forget about whats happened and move on would really appreciate it thanks a bit gutted its been in newspaper[/p][/quote]You're very brave to come on this forum to acknowledge what you've done was wrong (don't worry over some of the comments will soon be forgotten about) Hope you the best for the future & things will get better. Limestonecowboy
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10:48pm Fri 5 Apr 13

littleface says...

People are incredibly judgemental, pious and snide. Thankfully we don't all think that. What a callous and unforgiving world it would be if we did.
People are incredibly judgemental, pious and snide. Thankfully we don't all think that. What a callous and unforgiving world it would be if we did. littleface
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1:05pm Sat 6 Apr 13

willow181 says...

How refreshing someone who has faced court and realised she messed up not only causing embarrassment to herself and family all the pious overlooked the part where this young lady had indeed been in work but due to childcare couldn't continue and the father of the childs is still around so move on make this mistake count in your favour eery one deserves a second chance.
How refreshing someone who has faced court and realised she messed up not only causing embarrassment to herself and family all the pious overlooked the part where this young lady had indeed been in work but due to childcare couldn't continue and the father of the childs is still around so move on make this mistake count in your favour eery one deserves a second chance. willow181
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2:24pm Sat 6 Apr 13

J.Griffiths says...

I too have had the shame of having my business splattered across the media, including the bbc news and other papers and I can tell you it is a very very unpleasant experience. Unless it REALLY is in the public interest I don't think stories like this should be reported. I mean who needs to know this? All it has done is cause more trouble for what sounds like a struggling young mother.
We all make daft mistakes sometimes, even you toffee nosed Tory voters who believe that any lone mother must be a whore who did it on purpose to claim "huge" amounts of benefits and be able to watch day time tv. Grow up, that's not reality, most single mothers do NOT choose this life, who the hell would?
I too have had the shame of having my business splattered across the media, including the bbc news and other papers and I can tell you it is a very very unpleasant experience. Unless it REALLY is in the public interest I don't think stories like this should be reported. I mean who needs to know this? All it has done is cause more trouble for what sounds like a struggling young mother. We all make daft mistakes sometimes, even you toffee nosed Tory voters who believe that any lone mother must be a whore who did it on purpose to claim "huge" amounts of benefits and be able to watch day time tv. Grow up, that's not reality, most single mothers do NOT choose this life, who the hell would? J.Griffiths
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8:17pm Sat 6 Apr 13

Head Honcho says...

Fair play to you for coming on here and facing up to the fact that you made a mistake. I hope this episode puts you on the right track. You're lucky to have great people around you, dont let them down!
Fair play to you for coming on here and facing up to the fact that you made a mistake. I hope this episode puts you on the right track. You're lucky to have great people around you, dont let them down! Head Honcho
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10:33am Sun 7 Apr 13

regaturn says...

Usually I'm one of the hang em high brigade, but on this occasion it's refreshing to see the mum make a comment without trying to blame others. Hopefully mum will move on and learn greatly from this.BIg respect tp her.
Usually I'm one of the hang em high brigade, but on this occasion it's refreshing to see the mum make a comment without trying to blame others. Hopefully mum will move on and learn greatly from this.BIg respect tp her. regaturn
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10:33am Sun 7 Apr 13

regaturn says...

Usually I'm one of the hang em high brigade, but on this occasion it's refreshing to see the mum make a comment without trying to blame others. Hopefully mum will move on and learn greatly from this.BIg respect tp her.
Usually I'm one of the hang em high brigade, but on this occasion it's refreshing to see the mum make a comment without trying to blame others. Hopefully mum will move on and learn greatly from this.BIg respect tp her. regaturn
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12:26pm Sun 7 Apr 13

shaza101 says...

I am the mother of Marissa, grandmother and would like to THANK those people who have not judged my daughter but supported & empathised with the situation.

I believe we all make mistakes, have regrets and we all deserve a second chance in life.

I would also like those people who may have negative & judgemental views ( not many ) to know that they are not fully aware of some issues my daughter has.

Marissa is addressing these and moving forward with life and she is deeply embarrassed. Marissa has worked since she left school till just over a year ago and actively seeking work, though this offence will probably jeopardise future employment.

The economic climate for work in UK is very hard at the moment and the cost of living; this has not helped her situation though this is no excuse for breaking the law.

Her punishment is the shame to herself, to her son and family for this article being in the public domain and my opinion for a first offence this was not needed.

I have made mistakes, several years ago and I too was a single mum (my choice) and working. Some of my mistakes have made me the person I am today hence in a successful working position in the public sector and happy in life.

I live some distance from my daughter and grandson and love them deeply, though I would love them to live nearby, she has her own wishes in life and just hope she explores them positively and they are both happy.

All his needs are provided with love & care and they have a lovely home. I visit often Wales and she visits regularly. Good luck Marissa and make the most of life!
I am the mother of Marissa, grandmother and would like to THANK those people who have not judged my daughter but supported & empathised with the situation. I believe we all make mistakes, have regrets and we all deserve a second chance in life. I would also like those people who may have negative & judgemental views ( not many ) to know that they are not fully aware of some issues my daughter has. Marissa is addressing these and moving forward with life and she is deeply embarrassed. Marissa has worked since she left school till just over a year ago and actively seeking work, though this offence will probably jeopardise future employment. The economic climate for work in UK is very hard at the moment and the cost of living; this has not helped her situation though this is no excuse for breaking the law. Her punishment is the shame to herself, to her son and family for this article being in the public domain and my opinion for a first offence this was not needed. I have made mistakes, several years ago and I too was a single mum (my choice) and working. Some of my mistakes have made me the person I am today hence in a successful working position in the public sector and happy in life. I live some distance from my daughter and grandson and love them deeply, though I would love them to live nearby, she has her own wishes in life and just hope she explores them positively and they are both happy. All his needs are provided with love & care and they have a lovely home. I visit often Wales and she visits regularly. Good luck Marissa and make the most of life! shaza101
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2:09pm Sun 7 Apr 13

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

Firstly let me say this, Marissa is not the 1st and will not be the last to make a mistake and why people act as if they never make mistakes and judge others who openly make them is beyond me and shows how f**ked up this country is !

Everyone makes mistakes in life and im sure Marissa regrets what happend but that is the past now and those who are judging her for her mistake need to take a look at themselves and realise

Nobody is perfect also dont judge unless your perfect yourself ! Marissa was worng but people need to MOVE ON and let the Girl live her life without the judgemental hypocrits making it worse !

Lay Off the Poor Girl and support her not knock her !
Firstly let me say this, Marissa is not the 1st and will not be the last to make a mistake and why people act as if they never make mistakes and judge others who openly make them is beyond me and shows how f**ked up this country is ! Everyone makes mistakes in life and im sure Marissa regrets what happend but that is the past now and those who are judging her for her mistake need to take a look at themselves and realise Nobody is perfect also dont judge unless your perfect yourself ! Marissa was worng but people need to MOVE ON and let the Girl live her life without the judgemental hypocrits making it worse ! Lay Off the Poor Girl and support her not knock her ! kalwales@hotmail.com
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5:30pm Sun 7 Apr 13

Strider says...

kalwales@hotmail.com wrote:
Firstly let me say this, Marissa is not the 1st and will not be the last to make a mistake and why people act as if they never make mistakes and judge others who openly make them is beyond me and shows how f**ked up this country is !

Everyone makes mistakes in life and im sure Marissa regrets what happend but that is the past now and those who are judging her for her mistake need to take a look at themselves and realise

Nobody is perfect also dont judge unless your perfect yourself ! Marissa was worng but people need to MOVE ON and let the Girl live her life without the judgemental hypocrits making it worse !

Lay Off the Poor Girl and support her not knock her !
'Marrissia' I can' understand why the Argus printed this story, let alone yout name and picture and perceived to blacken your name..

As you can see from most of the entries in this section, the worst thing about these forums is the peolple who post there . They take a pride in behaving in the most anti-social way they can and would go out of their way to do something unpleasant to anyone else!! As you and your daughter witnessed first hand..

Its clear from how you conducted yourself your obviously very intelligent, and I wouldn't worry.. They probably forget in a few days and be starting on somebody else
[quote][p][bold]kalwales@hotmail.com[/bold] wrote: Firstly let me say this, Marissa is not the 1st and will not be the last to make a mistake and why people act as if they never make mistakes and judge others who openly make them is beyond me and shows how f**ked up this country is ! Everyone makes mistakes in life and im sure Marissa regrets what happend but that is the past now and those who are judging her for her mistake need to take a look at themselves and realise Nobody is perfect also dont judge unless your perfect yourself ! Marissa was worng but people need to MOVE ON and let the Girl live her life without the judgemental hypocrits making it worse ! Lay Off the Poor Girl and support her not knock her ![/p][/quote]'Marrissia' I can' understand why the Argus printed this story, let alone yout name and picture and perceived to blacken your name.. As you can see from most of the entries in this section, the worst thing about these forums is the peolple who post there . They take a pride in behaving in the most anti-social way they can and would go out of their way to do something unpleasant to anyone else!! As you and your daughter witnessed first hand.. Its clear from how you conducted yourself your obviously very intelligent, and I wouldn't worry.. They probably forget in a few days and be starting on somebody else Strider
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9:51pm Sun 7 Apr 13

Caerleonroad says...

Send her to Saudi! I'm sure they'll have a just punishment for the thief.
Send her to Saudi! I'm sure they'll have a just punishment for the thief. Caerleonroad
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11:32pm Sun 7 Apr 13

shaza101 says...

Bit extreme the above comment expect you are a very perfect human being and unique for this.very charitable of you as you clearly dont believe in rehabilatitation.
Bit extreme the above comment expect you are a very perfect human being and unique for this.very charitable of you as you clearly dont believe in rehabilatitation. shaza101
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1:42pm Mon 8 Apr 13

SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY says...

I think the most worrying part is not the theft that everyone is focusing on but being drunk in charge of a child, yes she is sorry, yes she has problems but being drunk in charge of a child in my eyes is dangerous and there should be zero tolerance.
I think the most worrying part is not the theft that everyone is focusing on but being drunk in charge of a child, yes she is sorry, yes she has problems but being drunk in charge of a child in my eyes is dangerous and there should be zero tolerance. SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY
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5:39pm Mon 8 Apr 13

NakedDancer says...

You would think the Argus would at least get the names of people right in their reports !
You would think the Argus would at least get the names of people right in their reports ! NakedDancer
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6:26pm Mon 8 Apr 13

Dee-Gee says...

Stevenboy wrote:
w.swift wrote:
Im the father of her son and when I was told what she had done I went absolutely spare with her, I do not agree with it at all especially as my son was with her. she is ashamed of what she has done and I know it would never happen again saying that I dont think her picture or her name should be in here! Its just adding salt to the wounds and further embarassment and it could cause problems with schools etc, she is very ashamed!!
'saying that I dont think her picture or her name should be in here!'

That's the way our justice system works mate. I'm sure Chris Huhne would have liked to have ticked the 'no publicity' box as well when he got caught swapping points with his wife. Ya do the crime....
Not at all the same thing - Chris Huhne was holding public office at the time.

There is no public interest in this story whatsoever. Why did we need to see her picture, and hear about her personal circumstances? I'm normally against censorship, but I'm beginning to think we need laws in place to protect ordinary people from this kind of press bullying. Clearly the press can't be trusted to self-regulate with decency and compassion when there's papers to push - that's why we had Leveson.
[quote][p][bold]Stevenboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]w.swift[/bold] wrote: Im the father of her son and when I was told what she had done I went absolutely spare with her, I do not agree with it at all especially as my son was with her. she is ashamed of what she has done and I know it would never happen again saying that I dont think her picture or her name should be in here! Its just adding salt to the wounds and further embarassment and it could cause problems with schools etc, she is very ashamed!![/p][/quote]'saying that I dont think her picture or her name should be in here!' That's the way our justice system works mate. I'm sure Chris Huhne would have liked to have ticked the 'no publicity' box as well when he got caught swapping points with his wife. Ya do the crime....[/p][/quote]Not at all the same thing - Chris Huhne was holding public office at the time. There is no public interest in this story whatsoever. Why did we need to see her picture, and hear about her personal circumstances? I'm normally against censorship, but I'm beginning to think we need laws in place to protect ordinary people from this kind of press bullying. Clearly the press can't be trusted to self-regulate with decency and compassion when there's papers to push - that's why we had Leveson. Dee-Gee
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10:01pm Mon 8 Apr 13

Dolieboy says...

There is no public interest in this story whatsoever. Why did we need to see her picture?

Because if your son says he has a new Girlfriend and is bringing her home, you will know to hide the cheese :)
There is no public interest in this story whatsoever. Why did we need to see her picture? Because if your son says he has a new Girlfriend and is bringing her home, you will know to hide the cheese :) Dolieboy
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9:33am Tue 9 Apr 13

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

I repeat myself "We all make mistakes" and im sure Marissa regrets what happened, people who are judgemental need to take a look in the mirror because majority of people on this site themsevles have made mistakes but because they havent been publicised they claim to be totally perfect . .

Well get this, get in the real world and lay off the poor girl because one day you'll make a mistake just remember that !!

Also "ARGUS REPORTERS" whilst you are a newspaper just have a job to do . . . take a look at yourelfs too instead of hiding behind a desk judging everyone when i bet vast amjority of you have made errors at some point maybe more then once

I do not condone what marissa did however, time to move on and if possible supprot the girl rather than knock her !
I repeat myself "We all make mistakes" and im sure Marissa regrets what happened, people who are judgemental need to take a look in the mirror because majority of people on this site themsevles have made mistakes but because they havent been publicised they claim to be totally perfect . . Well get this, get in the real world and lay off the poor girl because one day you'll make a mistake just remember that !! Also "ARGUS REPORTERS" whilst you are a newspaper just have a job to do . . . take a look at yourelfs too instead of hiding behind a desk judging everyone when i bet vast amjority of you have made errors at some point maybe more then once I do not condone what marissa did however, time to move on and if possible supprot the girl rather than knock her ! kalwales@hotmail.com
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11:49am Tue 9 Apr 13

shaza101 says...

Thank you
Thank you shaza101
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11:50am Wed 10 Apr 13

Llanmartinangel says...

Dee-Gee wrote:
Stevenboy wrote:
w.swift wrote:
Im the father of her son and when I was told what she had done I went absolutely spare with her, I do not agree with it at all especially as my son was with her. she is ashamed of what she has done and I know it would never happen again saying that I dont think her picture or her name should be in here! Its just adding salt to the wounds and further embarassment and it could cause problems with schools etc, she is very ashamed!!
'saying that I dont think her picture or her name should be in here!'

That's the way our justice system works mate. I'm sure Chris Huhne would have liked to have ticked the 'no publicity' box as well when he got caught swapping points with his wife. Ya do the crime....
Not at all the same thing - Chris Huhne was holding public office at the time.

There is no public interest in this story whatsoever. Why did we need to see her picture, and hear about her personal circumstances? I'm normally against censorship, but I'm beginning to think we need laws in place to protect ordinary people from this kind of press bullying. Clearly the press can't be trusted to self-regulate with decency and compassion when there's papers to push - that's why we had Leveson.
Who decides what is 'public interest'? Minors are normally protected from publicity in court and certain victims but getting into subjective judgements about what is or isn't 'public interest' is fraught with risk. I agree there is mitigation in this case but it seems not everyone sees it like that. It isn't perfect but it never will be.
[quote][p][bold]Dee-Gee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stevenboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]w.swift[/bold] wrote: Im the father of her son and when I was told what she had done I went absolutely spare with her, I do not agree with it at all especially as my son was with her. she is ashamed of what she has done and I know it would never happen again saying that I dont think her picture or her name should be in here! Its just adding salt to the wounds and further embarassment and it could cause problems with schools etc, she is very ashamed!![/p][/quote]'saying that I dont think her picture or her name should be in here!' That's the way our justice system works mate. I'm sure Chris Huhne would have liked to have ticked the 'no publicity' box as well when he got caught swapping points with his wife. Ya do the crime....[/p][/quote]Not at all the same thing - Chris Huhne was holding public office at the time. There is no public interest in this story whatsoever. Why did we need to see her picture, and hear about her personal circumstances? I'm normally against censorship, but I'm beginning to think we need laws in place to protect ordinary people from this kind of press bullying. Clearly the press can't be trusted to self-regulate with decency and compassion when there's papers to push - that's why we had Leveson.[/p][/quote]Who decides what is 'public interest'? Minors are normally protected from publicity in court and certain victims but getting into subjective judgements about what is or isn't 'public interest' is fraught with risk. I agree there is mitigation in this case but it seems not everyone sees it like that. It isn't perfect but it never will be. Llanmartinangel
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2:01am Thu 11 Apr 13

Dee-Gee says...

Well, the minor involved in this case hasn't been protected, has he? He's been put at serious risk of social isolation by this irresponsible, gossip-mongering name-and-shame.

You can report the story without having to name names - if any reader really was that concerned about it, they could check court records for the identity.
Well, the minor involved in this case hasn't been protected, has he? He's been put at serious risk of social isolation by this irresponsible, gossip-mongering name-and-shame. You can report the story without having to name names - if any reader really was that concerned about it, they could check court records for the identity. Dee-Gee
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4:49pm Thu 11 Apr 13

Bobevans says...

Another single mum with an absent father who is choosing to live on benefits

One can well see why benefits reform is needed. Why should the taxpayer pay to keep this woman who was drunk and stole and seems to have scant regard for her children
Another single mum with an absent father who is choosing to live on benefits One can well see why benefits reform is needed. Why should the taxpayer pay to keep this woman who was drunk and stole and seems to have scant regard for her children Bobevans
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4:53pm Thu 11 Apr 13

Bobevans says...

One would hope that Social services are involved and that a child protection order has been put in place as clearly this woman needs to be supervised as she is put the life of her child at risk with her behaviour
One would hope that Social services are involved and that a child protection order has been put in place as clearly this woman needs to be supervised as she is put the life of her child at risk with her behaviour Bobevans
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8:49pm Thu 11 Apr 13

Limestonecowboy says...

After seeing the above post hopefully the SWA will now close this thread to protect from such silly hurtful comments. Those who like to judge are so lucky to lead such perfect & pure lives (or do they?)
After seeing the above post hopefully the SWA will now close this thread to protect from such silly hurtful comments. Those who like to judge are so lucky to lead such perfect & pure lives (or do they?) Limestonecowboy
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4:01pm Fri 12 Apr 13

shaza101 says...

My daughter does NOT choose to live on benefits and she has been actively seeking work this is the reason for her depression and feeling isolated in the community.This thread should cease now.
My daughter does NOT choose to live on benefits and she has been actively seeking work this is the reason for her depression and feeling isolated in the community.This thread should cease now. shaza101
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6:10pm Tue 30 Apr 13

dont claim to be nice says...

1 she should be jailed if it was a male he would of been 2 the child should be in care as drunk in charge but no she will now get a social worker and support worker and get all she needs paid for!!! the law needs to sort its act out as there are 14 womens jails in the uk and 4 are for young offenders where there are 14 males alone in scotland, before people start blah blah blah women do as much crime as males but always walk
1 she should be jailed if it was a male he would of been 2 the child should be in care as drunk in charge but no she will now get a social worker and support worker and get all she needs paid for!!! the law needs to sort its act out as there are 14 womens jails in the uk and 4 are for young offenders where there are 14 males alone in scotland, before people start blah blah blah women do as much crime as males but always walk dont claim to be nice
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6:16pm Tue 30 Apr 13

dont claim to be nice says...

w.swift wrote:
Woodgnome wrote:
She's not a juvenile so will get named.

Probation said she's a "single mother" struggling to cope - so where's the absent dad?

Nevertheless she shouldn't be tried in the comments section.
The abscent dad sees his child every day and provides more than enough for him maybe people should wonder why shes struggling? Maybe shes depressed? And your right people shouldnt judge unless they know the full story
could not say the father was around in court as i bet they live together and claim seperate re "single mother on benefits" and if your around everyday well i dont think you was this day?? also how to the person travel to newport while DRUNK as its not close to the home town, did you drive??
[quote][p][bold]w.swift[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: She's not a juvenile so will get named. Probation said she's a "single mother" struggling to cope - so where's the absent dad? Nevertheless she shouldn't be tried in the comments section.[/p][/quote]The abscent dad sees his child every day and provides more than enough for him maybe people should wonder why shes struggling? Maybe shes depressed? And your right people shouldnt judge unless they know the full story[/p][/quote]could not say the father was around in court as i bet they live together and claim seperate re "single mother on benefits" and if your around everyday well i dont think you was this day?? also how to the person travel to newport while DRUNK as its not close to the home town, did you drive?? dont claim to be nice
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