Lenient sentences – Judge Bernadette Baxter

Here is Judge Bernadette Baxter. She is a judge who seems to think that the abuse of children is not a serious enough crime to warrant a custodial sentence.  Some of the sentences are quite simply a insult to the victims involved.

Judge Bernadette Baxter – You are hereby NAMED & SHAMED!

Judge Bernadette Baxter is based at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Crown. Below are some of her very questionable decisions. To see full report click name of offender 

August 2018: Home Office advisor Gary Hodgkiss was spared prison after he turned up to meet what he believed was a 12-year-old girl, following online sexual grooming. Also, caught with several hundred indecent images and movies of children featuring infants and toddlers being orally raped or tortured. 

Judge Bernadette Baxter allowed Hodgkiss to walk free from court with a suspended sentence

March 2013: In the case of choirmaster Michael Brewer and his wife Kay, Bernadette Baxter was part of the defence team of the accused. The defence told the victim: “It’s utter fantasy, isn’t it?” and “You’ve told this jury a complete pack of lies. You are a fantasist”.

Baxter and her team continued to aggressively question the victim in heated exchanges. She went on to tell the victim that her version of events ‘can’t be right’ – A week later the victim took her own life before the jury reached its guilty verdicts. Brewer & his wife were jailed for six years

March 2017: Lucy Howarth avoided jail after breaking a 3 month old baby’s arm in a fit of rage. Howarth then failed to report his injuries for 2 days

Howarth was convicted of child cruelty but avoided prison with a suspended sentence. Judge Bernadette Baxter also spared her of unpaid work

May 2017: Student engineer from Oldham William Hastings made images classed in the worst category A bracket, showing children as young as four years old being tortured or raped. He used search engines to look for pictures of both young girls and boys engaged in various kinds of sexual activity.

Judge Bernadette Baxter said she felt able to give Hastings a suspended sentence 

March 2018: Judge Bernadette Baxter handed 85-year-old devout church-goer Kenneth Hardacre a suspended sentence after he sexually assaulted two girls aged 13 & 14

Judge Bernadette Baxter told him: “You are an abusive bully. The girls were in their early teens.”

She said: “This does cross the custody threshold but because of your prompt guilty plea, this will be suspended.”

January 2017: ‘Deviant’ chef Christian Abu-Schaer exposed himself to an eight-year-old girl whilst masterbating and he also sexually assaulted a female flight attendant

At the time of this offence, the Spanish national was already on police bail for a similar offence 

Judge Bernadette Baxter handed him a just a three year community order – No prison

April 2018: Manchester minicab driver Syed Al-Zia was spared prison by Judge Bernadette Baxter. 

He sexually assaulted his first victim when she took a ride in his minicab last year. The following night he then grabbed hold of a frightened teenage girl who also took a ride in his minicab. 

Al-Zia locked the doors and began to call her cute and asking if she had a boyfriend. He asked how old she was and when she told him, he replied by say he thought she looked ’15’. 

Al-Zia then sexually assaulted her and demanded she give him her mobile number before he would let her exit the vehicle.

September 2017: Britain’s most prolific female criminal Jeanette Fidler, who had clocked up 218 convictions since 2000, was given a suspended sentence by Judge Bernadette Baxter.

The serial thief was previously banned from all UK leisure centres, gyms or hotels under the terms of a Criminal Behaviour Order. She re-offended yet still walked free

June 2015: A drunken thug whose punch left a father with 3 kids in a coma for two weeks and with brain damage was handed just a 14 month prison sentence by Judge Bernadette Baxter.

The victim needed 46 hospital appointments since the attack. When the victim eventually woke up from the coma, he had forgotten he even had a baby girl. 

Some of the cases where she was on the defence team:

May 2016: A police officer who filmed up female’s skirts while on duty is jailed – after he was caught stalking a teenage girl through a busy shopping centre. 

Bernadette Baxter, defending, said Aiden Thompson suffered psychiatric difficulties, would lose his job “imminently” and suffered “shame and ignominy” as a result of his behaviour. – Guilty

Martin Alexander FORSHAW (October 2009 Manchester Crown Court). Bernadette Baxter defended a police officer charged with the murder of his fiancée, who was also a serving police officer. – Guilty

Mohammed PATEL (January 2010 Manchester Crown Court). Bernadette Baxter was instructed to defend a police officer charged with misconduct in a public
office. – Guilty

Phillip BERRY ( March 2010 Manchester Crown Court). Bernadette was instructed to defend a police officer charged with misconduct in a public office. The Defendant, a former drug squad officer “sold” sensitive police information to a known drug dealer. Guilty

Timothy JONES (March 2008 and March 2009 Mold Crown Court). Bernadette Baxter was instructed to defend a police officer charged with rape and sexual
assault in two separate trials. Found not guilty

May 2005: Was the defence for two off-duty North Wales Police officers who beat up a party goer so badly that other guests thought he was dead. Sgt Stephen Tierney and Pc Jonathan Tym, from Wrexham, were ordered to carry out 180 hours of community service

October 2004: A woman who claimed £13,800 in benefits after joining Greater Manchester Police has been convicted of deception. Rachel White continued to claim the benefits despite starting her new job as a police officer. Defended by Bernadette Baxter