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 Int News 12th August 2004 | OneinFour.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
And a long-running trial in which 13 male Pitcairners, almost a third of the island’s total population, have been accused of serious sexual abuse is now threatening to destroy the fabric of this close-knit community.
Those involved in the running of the trial have faced hostility from the islanders - and their reputation was not helped when, during a hearing held on the island in August, two male Crown prosecutors were photographed wearing false breasts and red wigs at a party held on their boat.
Pitcairn is a speck of land thousands of miles from the nearest hospital and where the entire population is descended from a handful of settlers (nine mutineers, six Tahitian men and 12 Tahitian women).
www.oneinfour.org /news/intnews2004/pitcairn   (742 words)

 Pitcairn Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Pitcairn Islands are a group of five islands which one is inhabited in the southern Pacific Ocean the only remaining British colony in the Pacific.
Pitcairn and Henderson are volcanic and Ducie is a coral atoll.
Seven of the accused men challenged the of the Pitcairn Islands Supreme Court to the charges on the grounds that the Kingdom does not have constitutional authority over Pitcairn Islands and could not validly make laws under which they were charged or the court that was to try them.
www.freeglossary.com /Pitcairn   (1212 words)

 BreakingNews.ie: Islanders convicted of Pitcairn sex attacks
Pitcairn Island Mayor Steve Christian (pictured) was cleared of four indecent assaults and one rape but convicted of five other rapes, said New Zealand’s TVNZ television network.
Dennis Christian was convicted of one indecent assault and two sexual assaults he had pleaded guilty to at trial.
Before the trials started, women living on the island came out in defence of their men, saying that while underage sex did happen, it was consensual.
www.breakingnews.ie /2004/10/25/story172678.html   (731 words)

 Int News 1st October 2004 | OneinFour.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
PITCAIRN ISLAND: The trial of seven Pitcairn Island men, descendants of the 18th-century Bounty mutineers, began on the remote Pacific Ocean island yesterday, with the mayor the first to face charges of rape and underage sex.
Pitcairn, the last British territory in the Pacific, with a population of just 47, is a five sq km outcrop about halfway between New Zealand and Panama.
The charges against the Pitcairn men follow a report by a British policewoman stationed on the island in 1999.
www.oneinfour.org /news/intnews2004/pitcairntrial   (437 words)

 Guilty: The Verdicts That Shamed Pitcairn Island
No one outside Pitcairn knew that, in his heyday, it was he who set the tone for men who felt they could rape young girls with impunity.
And when Pitcairn's silent victims finally found a voice, thanks to Ms Cox, it was the girls who were blamed for speaking out rather than the men who abused them.
Girls were assaulted during spear-fishing trips and games of hide and seek, on quad bikes and at children's parties.
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 BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Rape a 'way of life' on Pitcairn
Young girls on the tiny UK colony of Pitcairn were treated as sexual playthings and rape was a way of life on the island, a court has been told.
Dave Brown, the second to stand trial on the island, is accused of assaulting a series of girls as young as five.
Pitcairn has a resident population of 47, and the islanders make a living by selling handicrafts to passing boats along with fishing and subsistence farming.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/asia-pacific/3705988.stm   (542 words)

 Postmaster admits sex assault on girl, 12 - World - www.smh.com.au
The Pitcairn postmaster has pleaded guilty to the indecent assault of a 12-year-old girl in the first convictions in a makeshift court set up to handle charges of sex abuse on the remote Pacific island.
Most of Pitcairn's female residents have come out in defence of their men, saying underage sex was part of the island's culture and none of them had been forced into it.
The trials of three Pitcairn men are under way in two makeshift courtrooms in the island's community hall.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2004/10/05/1096871846654.html   (561 words)

 Pitcairn: Paradise in pain
Pitcairn is the most remote inhabited island in the world and the final resting place for mutineers of the Bounty.
His direct descendant, Steve Christian, along with another six men, are accused of sexual assault and rape of the island's children, in one case a five-year-old.
The women on the island are standing by their men, claiming that all of the sexual contact was consensual and that it was Pitcairn tradition for girls as young as 12 and 13 to be having sex.
sunday.ninemsn.com.au /sunday/feature_stories/article_1672.asp   (734 words)

 Trial Lawyer
Trial was meant to be an occasion for the defendant to answer the charges in person.
These trials were heard before a military tribunal; the judges in these trials were three to five British officers, assisted by a lawyer.
Football career His college football career at the injustices of Christ`s trial from a lawyer`s point of view, illustrating that the trials were set in and at 2 p.m.
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 Pitcairn News - News and Information about Pitcairn Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Pitcairners were a people happily minding their own business until a British policewoman was dispatched to help with u201ccommunity policingu201d in 1999.
Six men were convicted of a string of sex attacks on the remote Pacific island of Pitcairn, media there reported Monday, following trials that exposed a culture of sexual abuse on the island home of descendants of the 18th century Bounty mutineers.
Dave Brown was convicted of nine indecent assaults and cleared of four indecent assaults and two charges of gross indecency.
www.pitcairnnews.co.nz /041026.html   (362 words)

 Pitcairn Island picks female mayor to replace convicted rapist   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Pitcairn Island chose the first female mayor in its 214-year history to replace a former leader who was fired after being convicted of five rapes.
Pitcairn is the last British colony in the Pacific and has a population of just 47 permanent residents.
During the trial, a number of women in the community testified in support of the men, saying the sex was consensual.
www.cbc.ca /canada/story/2004/11/08/pitcairn_041108.html   (1240 words)

 Worldandnation: Six convicted in sex abuse scandal on Pitcairn Island
During one of the trials, prosecutor Christine Gordon said Dave Brown assaulted one girl in the island's Seventh-day Adventist Church and another during a fishing trip along the island's rugged coast.
Dennis Christian, 49, the postmaster and another descendant of Fletcher Christian, was convicted of one indecent assault and two sexual assaults he pleaded guilty to at trial.
The Pitcairn Islands are a group of five rocky volcanic outcroppings - only the largest of which is inhabited - with a combined area of just 18 square miles.
www.sptimes.com /2004/10/26/Worldandnation/Six_convicted_in_sex_.shtml   (669 words)

 Mutiny descendants guilty in sex trial - The Washington Times: World - October 26, 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The verdicts were read by judges sent from New Zealand for the trials, which began Sept. 30 in a makeshift court in the island's community hall.
Pitcairn, lying midway between Peru and New Zealand, has long fascinated the world for being the refuge of the men who mutinied aboard the Bounty and cast Capt. William Bligh adrift with his supporters in 1789.
The Pitcairn Islands are a group of five rocky volcanic outcroppings — only the largest of which is inhabited — with a combined area of 18 square miles.
www.washtimes.com /world/20041025-102842-9456r.htm   (567 words)

 Trial Lawyer
For centuries, defendants were forbidden to have counsel, trial lawyer and lawyers seldom appeared for the prosecution either.
Jury trial - A jury trial is a trial in which the judge of the facts, as opposed to the judge of the law, is a jury, made up of citizens who are usually randomly selected and are generally not legal professionals.
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 Welcome to the Colosseum :: View topic - Pitcairn Island puts half its men on trial
Before the trials even started, women living on the island came out in defense of their men, saying that while underage sex did happen, it was consensual.
Although Pitcairn is a British territory halfway between New Zealand and Chile, lawyers for the men expect to argue before the Privy Council in London that England does not have jurisdiction over the island, which was settled in 1790 by Fletcher Christian and his mutineers on board HMS Bounty.
Pitcairn's mayor Steve Christian, 53 - a descendant of 18th century 'Mutiny on the Bounty' ringleader Fletcher Christian - was given three years for five counts of rape along with son Randy Christian, 30, who was given six years.
mensnewsdaily.com /forum/viewtopic.php?t=2319   (2257 words)

 The Bounty, Pitcairn Island, and Fletcher Christian's Descendants
Living on a 1¾ square mile volcanic speck in the South Pacific that is surely one of the most isolated places on Earth, the contemporary Pitcairn Islanders still bear the surnames of the eighteenth century mutineers (Tom Christian, for example, is the great-great-great-grandson of Fletcher).
Pitcairn's coordinates are 25 04 S, 130 06 W. After the mutiny, Christian and his sailors returned to Tahiti, where sixteen of the twenty-five men decided to remain for good.
There are individuals and organizations around the world devoted to the Pitcairners, their genealogy, and the history of the mutiny (the genealogical tree extends to 7,500 known descendants throughout the world).
www.infoplease.com /spot/pitcairn.html   (1779 words)

 Wikinfo | Pitcairn sexual assault trial of 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
In an article on May 15 2001, she alleged that girls as young as 13 were being pressured by their elders into engaging in prostitution with sailors on passing vessels, to make up for the decline in the once-lucrative sale of postage stamps, which was traditionally the main source of revenue for the islands.
On 28 September 2004, Olive Christian, wife of the accused Mayor, daughter of Len Brown and mother of postmaster Randy Christian, both of whom are also among those accused, called a meeting of thirteen of the island's women, representing three generations at her home, Big Fence, to "defend" the island's menfolk.
Charlene Warren, who withdrew charges against a Pitcairn man, claimed that detectives had offered her money to testify; when pressed, she admitted, however, that the money referred to statutory compensation for victims of crime.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Pitcairn_sexual_assault_trial_of_2004   (4804 words)

 BreakingNews.ie - 2004/09/30: Pitcairn mayor stands trial for abuse
The trials opened yesterday after an 11-hour application by the defence to halt the trials because of alleged judicial bias was rejected Tuesday.
The size and complexity of the case is unprecedented on Pitcairn Island, where descendants of the mutineers on the British navy ship HMS Bounty arrived in 1790.
The Pitcairn Islands are a group of five rocky volcanic outcrops — only the largest of which is inhabited — with a combined area of just 47 square kilometres (18 square miles).
archives.tcm.ie /breakingnews/2004/09/30/story168816.asp   (616 words)

 Qwika - similar:Steve_Christian
Politics - Politics portal Pitcairn Islands This article is part of the series: Politics and government ofthe Pitcairn Islands Mayor: Jay Warren Island Council Election 2004 and 2005 edit Politics of the Pitcairn Islands takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic dependency, whereby the Mayor is the head of government.
Current Pitcairn Islanders are largely lineal descendants of the mutineers, as exhibited by some of their surnames.
Ducie Island is located 335 statute miles (540 km) east of Pitcairn at 24°40′09″S, 124°47′11″W, and has an area of two and a half square miles (6 km²); it's one and a half miles (2.4 km) long, northeast t...
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 Pitcairn Island Men Sentenced in Sex Cases   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Pitcairn mayor Steve Christian, who claims to be a direct descendent of mutiny leader Fletcher Christian, was convicted of five rapes and sentenced to three years.
Pitcairn, in the Pacific Ocean midway between Peru and New Zealand, has long fascinated the world as the refuge of the mutineers who cast Capt. William Bligh adrift with his supporters in 1789.
The three-week trials were held under British law in makeshift courtrooms set up on the island and presided over by three judges from New Zealand.
www.comcast.net /data/news/2004/10/29/16226.xml   (573 words)

 Guardian | Six found guilty in Pitcairn sex offences trial
Six descendants of the original mutineers on the Bounty were found guilty yesterday of 32 sexual assault offences in one of the last and remotest outposts of the British empire.
The month-long trial, conducted under British and Pitcairn flags in the island's whitewashed courtroom, was only sporadically attended by the islanders, many of whom regarded it from the outset as an unwelcome imposition.
The trial has revealed almost as much about the tense divisions in the three extended families who make up most of Pitcairn's population of 47.
www.guardian.co.uk /print/0,,5047402-103681,00.html   (614 words)

 Lawyer Trial
TRIAL BY MEDIA: Lyssa Grant Hughes is a respected doctor and leader of woman`s rights who`s decided to begin her political career.
and in is that and confessed on trial for kidnapping.
Unfortunately, the media finds out about a petty indiscretion from her past which of course causes a flurry amongst her fellow politicians and the demonstrators -who were family members of activist students jailed in the public eye.
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 An island of Seventh Day Adventists—a sect that officially opposes premarital sex and even masturbation—is in the ...
Pitcairn Island, often thought of as a Pacific paradise, is now dubbed "nightmare island".
Seven men of Pitcairn’s population of 47 faced charges of rape, carnal knowledge and indecent assault with six found guilty.
On the first day of the trial a woman claimed, "Women and girls were routinely raped and abused and many were still prepared to lie to protect the men…" (2) Another witness said she was raped from the age of three, "until I left that godforsaken island." (3)
www.adam.com.au /bstett/ReligPitcairn99.htm   (702 words)

 Pitcairn I. women defend men in abuse case - MSNBC Wire Services - MSNBC.com
PITCAIRN ISLAND - A group of women on this remote British territory on Tuesday defended seven men charged with sexual abuse, claiming the case has been blown out of proportion and that the alleged victims may have been coerced into testifying.
The alleged assaults against four women occurred between 1964 and 1975, and his accusers were to testify via video from Auckland, New Zealand, more than 3,100 miles to the west.
At earlier hearings, defense lawyers argued the inhabitants of Pitcairn long ago severed their ties with Britain by burning the boat that carried them to their isolated island after the Bounty mutiny.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/6135877   (625 words)

 Court rejects appeal by Pitcairn sex abusers | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
Six men from Pitcairn island today lost appeals against their convictions for a string of sex attacks dating back 40 years on the tiny and remote Pacific home of descendants of the HMS Bounty mutiny.
Pitcairn's supreme court, which sits in the New Zealand city of Auckland and operates as part of Britain's legal system, rejected defence arguments that there had been an abuse of process at the men's trial last year on the island, which has a population of only 47.
Former Pitcairn Mayor Steve Christian and five others were convicted last year on charges including rape and indecent assault of mostly underage girls over a 40-year period.
www.guardian.co.uk /international/story/0,3604,1490963,00.html   (463 words)

 6 Pitcairn men lose sex abuse appeals - Asia-Pacific - MSNBC.com
Pitcairn’s Supreme Court, which sits in the New Zealand city of Auckland and operates as part of Britain’s legal system, rejected defense arguments that there had been an abuse of process at the men’s trial last year on the island, which has a year-round population of 47.
British government prosecutors argued that Pitcairn residents were subject to Britain’s laws, including those relating to sexual offenses, for most of the island’s 200-year history.
Pitcairn has long fascinated the world for being the refuge of men who mutinied aboard the HMS Bounty in 1789.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/7958841   (427 words)

 Hakmao: Casuistry
I wrote about the trial of a group of Pitcairn Island men for rape and sexual assault in October, 2004.
Remember, they had been accused of sexually assaulting girls as young as five over a period of decades, and their argument is that, because - they maintain - it wasn't technically illegal at the time, no crime had been committed.
Dr Sarah Nelson, a researcher in child sexual abuse at Edinburgh University, said wide variations in the age of consent were too often accepted as the result of cultural and religious differences.
blog.hakmao.com /archives/001846.html   (296 words)

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