I don't often blog about crime stories, but this one really disgusts me. TV star Craig Busch was today convicted of assault over an incident in which he came home to find his partner in bed with another couple:
In the ensuing struggle, which saw Busch attempt to pull his partner from the bed, the victim suffered a number of injuries that have resulted in ongoing medical treatment and which have left her unable to work.
The injuries included swelling and bruising to her torso and fractures to the lumbar and rib fractures.
A second charge of assault was laid after Busch, the following morning, attempted to manhandle the victim into her car and drive her off the property.
His penalty? Nothing. Despite Busch being a repeat offender - he had been convicted of assaulting another woman in 1991 - and despite him causing serious injury and robbing the victim of her livelihood, the judge thought the assault was a "human and inevitable" reaction to the circumstances - in other words, that "the bitch deserved it" (though an eminent judge would never be so crass as to state his misogyny so honestly). He thus imposed no penalty, saying that the convictions were punishment enough.
It really is a man's world...