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No faith in justice system

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I totally agree with Part 2 of The Leader’s Justice Denied series, “Victims in limbo,” (March 25).

I have been through the criminal court system with an abusive spouse and now the family court system with the same abusive spouse. The point that “time-intensive mega-trials suck up vast amounts of resources for courts, police and prosecutors, leaving less time to dispense justice for more run-of-the-mill criminals,” is so true.

The more backed up the system gets, the less weight is given to the “run-of-the-mill criminals” who continue to victimize others once they figure out how the system works.

My ex-spouse had assault charges against him previously for assaulting his ex-wife. He has also had a previous weapons ban charge for seizure of an arsenal of weapons from his home. Then he assaulted me.

Both assault charges were thrown out by Crown counsel due to their opinion that a conviction was not likely. But if the system wasn’t so overrun, would those charges have been dismissed so quickly?

I was finally able to get a criminal harassment charge to stick against my ex when he wouldn’t stop phoning me. That was bargained out into a peace bond for six months. I applied for a restraining order after the peace bond ran out, and that was ignored by the family court judge.  Then the court passed on my contact information to my ex. They actually gave my phone number to a man who had previously been charged with criminal harassment for phoning me repeatedly.

Consequently, I am still dealing with this man. He has access to my children, who witnessed his assault on me in 2008.

I don’t answer my phone anymore.  I live in fear every time my children leave with this man. He is an alcoholic, an abuser of women, has been diagnosed with mental health issues, has tried to commit suicide twice, was accused of sexually assaulting his sister, etc.

I have no faith in the justice system in this province. It failed my ex’s first spouse, it failed me and now it is failing my children.

But he is just a run-of-the-mill criminal? Only until he shows up one day when he finds out our address and we become a newspaper headline.

Leslie V.

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