Dad broke tot’s arm in rage

Judge Ian Pringle

Judge Ian Pringle

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A FORMER part-time firefighter has avoided jail after he admitted breaking his five-month-old daughter’s arm.

Bradley Hookway, of Banbury Road, Kidlington, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on July 4 this year.

Prosecutor Cathy Olliver said the 25-year-old lost his temper with the infant while she was sitting on his knee and wouldn’t stop crying.

She said: “He bent her arm behind her back the way police officers do in films.

“She screamed and he knew something had gone wrong. He felt her arm go floppy.”

Miss Olliver added although he sought medical help immediately, Hookway told doctors the injury was caused when his older daughter fell on her sister.

Terence Woods, defending, said his client suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and struggled to deal with stressful situations.

He said: “There have never been any complaints in relation to the older child, or this one before.

“This incident was a complete one- off. He said it was a flash of anger and loss of self-control which he says will never be repeated. He is totally ashamed and terrified by what he did, and accepts full responsibility.”

Judge Ian Pringle told Hookway: “Your daughter was behaving like a normal five-month old and was crying and difficult to control.

“It happens to every parent who has a young child, but what you did was lose your temper and you broke her arm.

“And it is difficult to think of somebody in a greater degree of responsibility than a parent looking after a young child.”

But the judge added there were mitigating factors in the case, such as the defendant’s clear remorse, his medical problem, his lack of maturity and that the incident had been a one-off.

Judge Pringle told Hookway it would be better for him to serve his sentence in the community rather than serving a short prison term.

He sentenced him to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years, with a supervision requirement, 120 hours of unpaid work and a thinking skills programme.

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1:02pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Doctor69 says...

what a let off.
He struggles in stressful situations yet has served as a fireman?
Sounds like a bully to me. I hope someone twists his arm behind his back and breaks it. Scum.
what a let off. He struggles in stressful situations yet has served as a fireman? Sounds like a bully to me. I hope someone twists his arm behind his back and breaks it. Scum. Doctor69
  • Score: 41

1:21pm Thu 31 Jul 14

cowley bob says...

“This incident was a complete one- off. He said it was a flash of anger and loss of self-control which he says will never be repeated. He is totally ashamed and terrified by what he did, and accepts full responsibility.”

Until the next time?
“This incident was a complete one- off. He said it was a flash of anger and loss of self-control which he says will never be repeated. He is totally ashamed and terrified by what he did, and accepts full responsibility.” Until the next time? cowley bob
  • Score: 25

2:27pm Thu 31 Jul 14

The New Private Eye says...

Doctor69 wrote:
what a let off.
He struggles in stressful situations yet has served as a fireman?
Sounds like a bully to me. I hope someone twists his arm behind his back and breaks it. Scum.
Unless you know the person very well, which I doubt judging by your "sounds like a bully" quote. Then I suggest it is best to keep your libelous thoughts and threats to yourself and not publish them. If he reads this then you could be quite a bit out of pocket. The Judge stated that he is not a bully nor scum, but an individual with a mental illness that got the better of him at the time, have you no compassion Doctor?bob
[quote][p][bold]Doctor69[/bold] wrote: what a let off. He struggles in stressful situations yet has served as a fireman? Sounds like a bully to me. I hope someone twists his arm behind his back and breaks it. Scum.[/p][/quote]Unless you know the person very well, which I doubt judging by your "sounds like a bully" quote. Then I suggest it is best to keep your libelous thoughts and threats to yourself and not publish them. If he reads this then you could be quite a bit out of pocket. The Judge stated that he is not a bully nor scum, but an individual with a mental illness that got the better of him at the time, have you no compassion Doctor?bob The New Private Eye
  • Score: -31

2:58pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
Doctor69 wrote:
what a let off.
He struggles in stressful situations yet has served as a fireman?
Sounds like a bully to me. I hope someone twists his arm behind his back and breaks it. Scum.
Unless you know the person very well, which I doubt judging by your "sounds like a bully" quote. Then I suggest it is best to keep your libelous thoughts and threats to yourself and not publish them. If he reads this then you could be quite a bit out of pocket. The Judge stated that he is not a bully nor scum, but an individual with a mental illness that got the better of him at the time, have you no compassion Doctor?bob
Defamation is "that which lowers a person in the eyes of right-thinking people". I appreciate that you see yourself as a detective or perhaps a periodical but were you a "no win/no fee" lawyer would you take the case for Mr. H?
In passing I think a jury would have convicted him of S18 GBH with intent and wonder why a plea to S20 was accepted.
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Doctor69[/bold] wrote: what a let off. He struggles in stressful situations yet has served as a fireman? Sounds like a bully to me. I hope someone twists his arm behind his back and breaks it. Scum.[/p][/quote]Unless you know the person very well, which I doubt judging by your "sounds like a bully" quote. Then I suggest it is best to keep your libelous thoughts and threats to yourself and not publish them. If he reads this then you could be quite a bit out of pocket. The Judge stated that he is not a bully nor scum, but an individual with a mental illness that got the better of him at the time, have you no compassion Doctor?bob[/p][/quote]Defamation is "that which lowers a person in the eyes of right-thinking people". I appreciate that you see yourself as a detective or perhaps a periodical but were you a "no win/no fee" lawyer would you take the case for Mr. H? In passing I think a jury would have convicted him of S18 GBH with intent and wonder why a plea to S20 was accepted. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 17

3:00pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Response101 says...

Compassion for the poor child? sure....for the Father who didn't lovingly protect their child as a Parent should...not at all
Compassion for the poor child? sure....for the Father who didn't lovingly protect their child as a Parent should...not at all Response101
  • Score: 12

3:17pm Thu 31 Jul 14

cowley bob says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
Doctor69 wrote:
what a let off.
He struggles in stressful situations yet has served as a fireman?
Sounds like a bully to me. I hope someone twists his arm behind his back and breaks it. Scum.
Unless you know the person very well, which I doubt judging by your "sounds like a bully" quote. Then I suggest it is best to keep your libelous thoughts and threats to yourself and not publish them. If he reads this then you could be quite a bit out of pocket. The Judge stated that he is not a bully nor scum, but an individual with a mental illness that got the better of him at the time, have you no compassion Doctor?bob
My comment is directed at the sentence,once again a judge on the Oxford circuit fails us !
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Doctor69[/bold] wrote: what a let off. He struggles in stressful situations yet has served as a fireman? Sounds like a bully to me. I hope someone twists his arm behind his back and breaks it. Scum.[/p][/quote]Unless you know the person very well, which I doubt judging by your "sounds like a bully" quote. Then I suggest it is best to keep your libelous thoughts and threats to yourself and not publish them. If he reads this then you could be quite a bit out of pocket. The Judge stated that he is not a bully nor scum, but an individual with a mental illness that got the better of him at the time, have you no compassion Doctor?bob[/p][/quote]My comment is directed at the sentence,once again a judge on the Oxford circuit fails us ! cowley bob
  • Score: 1

4:12pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Oxwatch says...

How could someone with Asperger's be a fire-fighter? Either the standards of team work required are not what I thought - or the diagnosis has come to light as part of the defence.
How could someone with Asperger's be a fire-fighter? Either the standards of team work required are not what I thought - or the diagnosis has come to light as part of the defence. Oxwatch
  • Score: 26

4:37pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Doctor69 says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
Doctor69 wrote:
what a let off.
He struggles in stressful situations yet has served as a fireman?
Sounds like a bully to me. I hope someone twists his arm behind his back and breaks it. Scum.
Unless you know the person very well, which I doubt judging by your "sounds like a bully" quote. Then I suggest it is best to keep your libelous thoughts and threats to yourself and not publish them. If he reads this then you could be quite a bit out of pocket. The Judge stated that he is not a bully nor scum, but an individual with a mental illness that got the better of him at the time, have you no compassion Doctor?bob
I don't know the person, but I know right from wrong. Babies and young children wholly rely on their parents to love and protect them.....twisting their arms till they snap is neither love nor protecting.

I hope for the child's sake it was a one off.

I stand by my comment. Maybe if the father reads it he will realise that the vast majority of people despise child cruelty, and he should rightly be ashamed of his actions and hope there is no lasting damage, mental or physical to his little daughter.

Also, maybe he shouldn't act in that way if he doesn't like people voicing an opinion?
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Doctor69[/bold] wrote: what a let off. He struggles in stressful situations yet has served as a fireman? Sounds like a bully to me. I hope someone twists his arm behind his back and breaks it. Scum.[/p][/quote]Unless you know the person very well, which I doubt judging by your "sounds like a bully" quote. Then I suggest it is best to keep your libelous thoughts and threats to yourself and not publish them. If he reads this then you could be quite a bit out of pocket. The Judge stated that he is not a bully nor scum, but an individual with a mental illness that got the better of him at the time, have you no compassion Doctor?bob[/p][/quote]I don't know the person, but I know right from wrong. Babies and young children wholly rely on their parents to love and protect them.....twisting their arms till they snap is neither love nor protecting. I hope for the child's sake it was a one off. I stand by my comment. Maybe if the father reads it he will realise that the vast majority of people despise child cruelty, and he should rightly be ashamed of his actions and hope there is no lasting damage, mental or physical to his little daughter. Also, maybe he shouldn't act in that way if he doesn't like people voicing an opinion? Doctor69
  • Score: 25

6:57pm Thu 31 Jul 14

markovox4 says...

Wow the lil boy gets a sentence like that for hurting a little baby who he should love sick lil **** I hope that the little 1 has been given to the mum end of
Wow the lil boy gets a sentence like that for hurting a little baby who he should love sick lil **** I hope that the little 1 has been given to the mum end of markovox4
  • Score: 5

7:33pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Howlittleyouknow. says...

markovox4 wrote:
Wow the lil boy gets a sentence like that for hurting a little baby who he should love sick lil **** I hope that the little 1 has been given to the mum end of
Shut.your.mouth
[quote][p][bold]markovox4[/bold] wrote: Wow the lil boy gets a sentence like that for hurting a little baby who he should love sick lil **** I hope that the little 1 has been given to the mum end of[/p][/quote]Shut.your.mouth Howlittleyouknow.
  • Score: -23

7:35pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Howlittleyouknow. says...

Doctor69 wrote:
what a let off.
He struggles in stressful situations yet has served as a fireman?
Sounds like a bully to me. I hope someone twists his arm behind his back and breaks it. Scum.
Not scum nor bully, don't pretend to know someone you don't.
[quote][p][bold]Doctor69[/bold] wrote: what a let off. He struggles in stressful situations yet has served as a fireman? Sounds like a bully to me. I hope someone twists his arm behind his back and breaks it. Scum.[/p][/quote]Not scum nor bully, don't pretend to know someone you don't. Howlittleyouknow.
  • Score: -25

7:41pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Howlittleyouknow. says...

Response101 wrote:
Compassion for the poor child? sure....for the Father who didn't lovingly protect their child as a Parent should...not at all
Yes compassion for the child, but for the father after practically losing his job, his girlfriend, all of his belongings, trust of alot of his family and most importantly his children, and nearly his freedom maybe a little bit of sympathy even from the ignorant...
[quote][p][bold]Response101[/bold] wrote: Compassion for the poor child? sure....for the Father who didn't lovingly protect their child as a Parent should...not at all[/p][/quote]Yes compassion for the child, but for the father after practically losing his job, his girlfriend, all of his belongings, trust of alot of his family and most importantly his children, and nearly his freedom maybe a little bit of sympathy even from the ignorant... Howlittleyouknow.
  • Score: -24

7:45pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Howlittleyouknow. wrote:
Doctor69 wrote:
what a let off.
He struggles in stressful situations yet has served as a fireman?
Sounds like a bully to me. I hope someone twists his arm behind his back and breaks it. Scum.
Not scum nor bully, don't pretend to know someone you don't.
How much more do you need to know than that he broke a defenceless baby's arm? I appreciate that you're a close relation of his but you'd be better to button your lip on this one.
[quote][p][bold]Howlittleyouknow.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Doctor69[/bold] wrote: what a let off. He struggles in stressful situations yet has served as a fireman? Sounds like a bully to me. I hope someone twists his arm behind his back and breaks it. Scum.[/p][/quote]Not scum nor bully, don't pretend to know someone you don't.[/p][/quote]How much more do you need to know than that he broke a defenceless baby's arm? I appreciate that you're a close relation of his but you'd be better to button your lip on this one. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 23

7:51pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Howlittleyouknow. wrote:
Response101 wrote:
Compassion for the poor child? sure....for the Father who didn't lovingly protect their child as a Parent should...not at all
Yes compassion for the child, but for the father after practically losing his job, his girlfriend, all of his belongings, trust of alot of his family and most importantly his children, and nearly his freedom maybe a little bit of sympathy even from the ignorant...
Please God he'll never be given unsupervised access to children again.
[quote][p][bold]Howlittleyouknow.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Response101[/bold] wrote: Compassion for the poor child? sure....for the Father who didn't lovingly protect their child as a Parent should...not at all[/p][/quote]Yes compassion for the child, but for the father after practically losing his job, his girlfriend, all of his belongings, trust of alot of his family and most importantly his children, and nearly his freedom maybe a little bit of sympathy even from the ignorant...[/p][/quote]Please God he'll never be given unsupervised access to children again. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 20

8:13pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Anybody that harms a child, unless is was a complete accident, should be punished severely, this is not a severe punishment.
As somebody pointed out, he used to be a fireman, he should be well used to stressful situations, no excuse for his actions what-so-ever!
Anybody that harms a child, unless is was a complete accident, should be punished severely, this is not a severe punishment. As somebody pointed out, he used to be a fireman, he should be well used to stressful situations, no excuse for his actions what-so-ever! Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 18

8:30pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Missoxford2010 says...

What an absolute animal. No justice here for that poor innocent baby. As others have said he was well enough to be a member of the fire service, so clearly the "mental illness" is just a pathetic excuse to get this animal off.

As for losing his girlfriend and job, perhaps he should of thought of that before snapping the arm of a 4 month old. There is no defending him. No excuse. I don't care if I don't know him- and to be honest I'm glad I don't.

He should of had the book thrown at him. Hard. In the face.
What an absolute animal. No justice here for that poor innocent baby. As others have said he was well enough to be a member of the fire service, so clearly the "mental illness" is just a pathetic excuse to get this animal off. As for losing his girlfriend and job, perhaps he should of thought of that before snapping the arm of a 4 month old. There is no defending him. No excuse. I don't care if I don't know him- and to be honest I'm glad I don't. He should of had the book thrown at him. Hard. In the face. Missoxford2010
  • Score: 25

9:50pm Thu 31 Jul 14

bicesterlady says...

I think every parent has reached their wits end with a crying baby that won't stop. But they have the self control to not harm the child - I vividly remember putting my son in his cot and shutting the door when he was that age.

There is no defence for what he did. He assaulted a child using enough force to break the poor mites arm. He then lied about it and tried not to face the music. If he can function as a fire fighter he can not be that profoundly disabled
I think every parent has reached their wits end with a crying baby that won't stop. But they have the self control to not harm the child - I vividly remember putting my son in his cot and shutting the door when he was that age. There is no defence for what he did. He assaulted a child using enough force to break the poor mites arm. He then lied about it and tried not to face the music. If he can function as a fire fighter he can not be that profoundly disabled bicesterlady
  • Score: 22

9:53pm Thu 31 Jul 14

markovox4 says...

Obviously a family member sticking up for the deranged **** he hurt a child so what he lost is job and some fam he should b in lock up unlucky on the job front by da way and good luck getting a new 1 with them knowing that ur a kiddie beater
Obviously a family member sticking up for the deranged **** he hurt a child so what he lost is job and some fam he should b in lock up unlucky on the job front by da way and good luck getting a new 1 with them knowing that ur a kiddie beater markovox4
  • Score: 15

9:53am Fri 1 Aug 14

livid99 says...

Howlittleyouknow. wrote:
Response101 wrote:
Compassion for the poor child? sure....for the Father who didn't lovingly protect their child as a Parent should...not at all
Yes compassion for the child, but for the father after practically losing his job, his girlfriend, all of his belongings, trust of alot of his family and most importantly his children, and nearly his freedom maybe a little bit of sympathy even from the ignorant...
Ok, so he has some problems - so what ? Don't we all. Not everyone takes it out on a defenceless child.

Sympathy - for breaking a child's arm ?

Forget it - no sympathy from me.
[quote][p][bold]Howlittleyouknow.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Response101[/bold] wrote: Compassion for the poor child? sure....for the Father who didn't lovingly protect their child as a Parent should...not at all[/p][/quote]Yes compassion for the child, but for the father after practically losing his job, his girlfriend, all of his belongings, trust of alot of his family and most importantly his children, and nearly his freedom maybe a little bit of sympathy even from the ignorant...[/p][/quote]Ok, so he has some problems - so what ? Don't we all. Not everyone takes it out on a defenceless child. Sympathy - for breaking a child's arm ? Forget it - no sympathy from me. livid99
  • Score: 18

2:26pm Fri 1 Aug 14

xenarthra says...

What an uncharitable lot you are. Either that, or you've never had children of your own. I doubt there is any parent who has never lost their patience with a screaming child. While there is no excuse for violence, the fact that this man made a terrible mistake does not make him a monster. The judge clearly recognised this, and handed out what he regarded as an appropriate punishment.

I don't know Bradley Hookway at all, but the posts on singletrackworld.com that Google throws up make him seem quite human to me: "I'm sure there are some keeping quiet who want to call me a child beater I should be locked up etc which is fine, your entitled to your opinion. I just hope in the end, everyone's happy again. Before Christmas it was perfect and now everyone is living a broken life because of me. The guilt is unbearable. "
What an uncharitable lot you are. Either that, or you've never had children of your own. I doubt there is any parent who has never lost their patience with a screaming child. While there is no excuse for violence, the fact that this man made a terrible mistake does not make him a monster. The judge clearly recognised this, and handed out what he regarded as an appropriate punishment. I don't know Bradley Hookway at all, but the posts on singletrackworld.com that Google throws up make him seem quite human to me: "I'm sure there are some keeping quiet who want to call me a child beater I should be locked up etc which is fine, your entitled to your opinion. I just hope in the end, everyone's happy again. Before Christmas it was perfect and now everyone is living a broken life because of me. The guilt is unbearable. " xenarthra
  • Score: -16

2:37pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

"What an uncharitable lot you are. Either that, or you've never had children of your own"
I suppose the "charitable " response to Howlittleyouknow's ravings would have been silence (or a shot of chlorpromazine) but silence could be taken as acquiescence in her foaming. And yes, I expect that , like me, most of the posters have had the care of babies - and not sought to maim them, however fed up we became.
"What an uncharitable lot you are. Either that, or you've never had children of your own" I suppose the "charitable " response to Howlittleyouknow's ravings would have been silence (or a shot of chlorpromazine) but silence could be taken as acquiescence in her foaming. And yes, I expect that , like me, most of the posters have had the care of babies - and not sought to maim them, however fed up we became. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 5

2:52pm Fri 1 Aug 14

online_reader says...

xenarthra wrote:
What an uncharitable lot you are. Either that, or you've never had children of your own. I doubt there is any parent who has never lost their patience with a screaming child. While there is no excuse for violence, the fact that this man made a terrible mistake does not make him a monster. The judge clearly recognised this, and handed out what he regarded as an appropriate punishment.

I don't know Bradley Hookway at all, but the posts on singletrackworld.com that Google throws up make him seem quite human to me: "I'm sure there are some keeping quiet who want to call me a child beater I should be locked up etc which is fine, your entitled to your opinion. I just hope in the end, everyone's happy again. Before Christmas it was perfect and now everyone is living a broken life because of me. The guilt is unbearable. "
Not sure it's really guilt though, is it, rather that he's having to face the consequences of his actions and they aren't very nice. If the hospital had believed it was a simple children's accident, would he feel like this? I doubt it. I appreciate that Asperger's means he is likely to react differently to a screaming child to the rest of us, most likely he reacted to the noise, not "stress" as we understand it, however be he a monster or not, what he did *was* monstrous. He must never be allowed unsupervised access again, for the rights of the child do outweigh his. Locking him up would serve very little, however depriving him of access, family, love, seems entirely appropriate in the circumstances.
[quote][p][bold]xenarthra[/bold] wrote: What an uncharitable lot you are. Either that, or you've never had children of your own. I doubt there is any parent who has never lost their patience with a screaming child. While there is no excuse for violence, the fact that this man made a terrible mistake does not make him a monster. The judge clearly recognised this, and handed out what he regarded as an appropriate punishment. I don't know Bradley Hookway at all, but the posts on singletrackworld.com that Google throws up make him seem quite human to me: "I'm sure there are some keeping quiet who want to call me a child beater I should be locked up etc which is fine, your entitled to your opinion. I just hope in the end, everyone's happy again. Before Christmas it was perfect and now everyone is living a broken life because of me. The guilt is unbearable. "[/p][/quote]Not sure it's really guilt though, is it, rather that he's having to face the consequences of his actions and they aren't very nice. If the hospital had believed it was a simple children's accident, would he feel like this? I doubt it. I appreciate that Asperger's means he is likely to react differently to a screaming child to the rest of us, most likely he reacted to the noise, not "stress" as we understand it, however be he a monster or not, what he did *was* monstrous. He must never be allowed unsupervised access again, for the rights of the child do outweigh his. Locking him up would serve very little, however depriving him of access, family, love, seems entirely appropriate in the circumstances. online_reader
  • Score: 9

3:01pm Fri 1 Aug 14

xenarthra says...

online_reader wrote:
xenarthra wrote:
What an uncharitable lot you are. Either that, or you've never had children of your own. I doubt there is any parent who has never lost their patience with a screaming child. While there is no excuse for violence, the fact that this man made a terrible mistake does not make him a monster. The judge clearly recognised this, and handed out what he regarded as an appropriate punishment.

I don't know Bradley Hookway at all, but the posts on singletrackworld.com that Google throws up make him seem quite human to me: "I'm sure there are some keeping quiet who want to call me a child beater I should be locked up etc which is fine, your entitled to your opinion. I just hope in the end, everyone's happy again. Before Christmas it was perfect and now everyone is living a broken life because of me. The guilt is unbearable. "
Not sure it's really guilt though, is it, rather that he's having to face the consequences of his actions and they aren't very nice. If the hospital had believed it was a simple children's accident, would he feel like this? I doubt it. I appreciate that Asperger's means he is likely to react differently to a screaming child to the rest of us, most likely he reacted to the noise, not "stress" as we understand it, however be he a monster or not, what he did *was* monstrous. He must never be allowed unsupervised access again, for the rights of the child do outweigh his. Locking him up would serve very little, however depriving him of access, family, love, seems entirely appropriate in the circumstances.
What he did was human. I'm not making excuses for him. However I leave judging others to the law courts and to God.
[quote][p][bold]online_reader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xenarthra[/bold] wrote: What an uncharitable lot you are. Either that, or you've never had children of your own. I doubt there is any parent who has never lost their patience with a screaming child. While there is no excuse for violence, the fact that this man made a terrible mistake does not make him a monster. The judge clearly recognised this, and handed out what he regarded as an appropriate punishment. I don't know Bradley Hookway at all, but the posts on singletrackworld.com that Google throws up make him seem quite human to me: "I'm sure there are some keeping quiet who want to call me a child beater I should be locked up etc which is fine, your entitled to your opinion. I just hope in the end, everyone's happy again. Before Christmas it was perfect and now everyone is living a broken life because of me. The guilt is unbearable. "[/p][/quote]Not sure it's really guilt though, is it, rather that he's having to face the consequences of his actions and they aren't very nice. If the hospital had believed it was a simple children's accident, would he feel like this? I doubt it. I appreciate that Asperger's means he is likely to react differently to a screaming child to the rest of us, most likely he reacted to the noise, not "stress" as we understand it, however be he a monster or not, what he did *was* monstrous. He must never be allowed unsupervised access again, for the rights of the child do outweigh his. Locking him up would serve very little, however depriving him of access, family, love, seems entirely appropriate in the circumstances.[/p][/quote]What he did was human. I'm not making excuses for him. However I leave judging others to the law courts and to God. xenarthra
  • Score: -15

3:52pm Fri 1 Aug 14

bicesterlady says...

xenarthra wrote:
What an uncharitable lot you are. Either that, or you've never had children of your own. I doubt there is any parent who has never lost their patience with a screaming child. While there is no excuse for violence, the fact that this man made a terrible mistake does not make him a monster. The judge clearly recognised this, and handed out what he regarded as an appropriate punishment.

I don't know Bradley Hookway at all, but the posts on singletrackworld.com that Google throws up make him seem quite human to me: "I'm sure there are some keeping quiet who want to call me a child beater I should be locked up etc which is fine, your entitled to your opinion. I just hope in the end, everyone's happy again. Before Christmas it was perfect and now everyone is living a broken life because of me. The guilt is unbearable. "
Really? I think his comments smacked of self pity...

No reasonable person thinks it's ok to apply that kind of force to a 5 month old child's arm. They are not made of china- they don't break just because you handle them a little bit roughly. This took sustained force.

Like I said, most parents reach the absolute wits end with a crying baby- there's no shame in that. It's how you handle it that counts.
[quote][p][bold]xenarthra[/bold] wrote: What an uncharitable lot you are. Either that, or you've never had children of your own. I doubt there is any parent who has never lost their patience with a screaming child. While there is no excuse for violence, the fact that this man made a terrible mistake does not make him a monster. The judge clearly recognised this, and handed out what he regarded as an appropriate punishment. I don't know Bradley Hookway at all, but the posts on singletrackworld.com that Google throws up make him seem quite human to me: "I'm sure there are some keeping quiet who want to call me a child beater I should be locked up etc which is fine, your entitled to your opinion. I just hope in the end, everyone's happy again. Before Christmas it was perfect and now everyone is living a broken life because of me. The guilt is unbearable. "[/p][/quote]Really? I think his comments smacked of self pity... No reasonable person thinks it's ok to apply that kind of force to a 5 month old child's arm. They are not made of china- they don't break just because you handle them a little bit roughly. This took sustained force. Like I said, most parents reach the absolute wits end with a crying baby- there's no shame in that. It's how you handle it that counts. bicesterlady
  • Score: 10

4:38pm Fri 1 Aug 14

cornflake girl says...

Poor little girl, children can certainly test us. But that parental love and protection in us makes it clear what is right and wrong. Bending a childs arm backwards so far it actually broke. Heart Breaking. no excuses.
Daddy should be her protector.
Poor little girl, children can certainly test us. But that parental love and protection in us makes it clear what is right and wrong. Bending a childs arm backwards so far it actually broke. Heart Breaking. no excuses. Daddy should be her protector. cornflake girl
  • Score: 8

6:39pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Missoxford2010 says...

Clearly the people attempting to defend this animal are related to him. Which is only natural, we do tend to defend and protect our own- it's a shame Bradley hasn't inherited this instinct as none of this would of happened if he had.

If anyone trying to stick up for him isn't related to him then I'm lost for words. You clearly not a parent yourself or not one of sound mind. Or perhaps just as much of a monster as Bradley who thinks the best way to stop a baby for crying is to snap her arm.

As a mother myself I have had times where my crying baby has pushed my to become stressed myself. During those times I have left the room for a 2 minutes breather. To just allow myself to relax and get ready to tackle the situation as a parent should- calmly and lovingly. All parents are pushed and tested. It's what kids do. And as parents it's our job to love and sooth them. But to break a babies arm- no excuses. I don't care how stressful Bradley found the situation. There is no excuse. So there is no way you can defend him. All the excuses above are total bull. If he had a mental health problem that didn't allow him to cope with stressful situations then why was he in the fire service? I hardly imaging running into a burning building to save people is like a relaxing spa day!! If he was that unable to cope why was he left alone with a screaming baby? I'm sure the mother would never have left him alone with the baby if she thought Bradley might react like this to their daughter crying.

I hope to god he is never allowed alone with this poor baby. And please stop trying to defend him. There's nothing you can say, no one feels sorry for him, and you are just making yourself look as bad as him.
Clearly the people attempting to defend this animal are related to him. Which is only natural, we do tend to defend and protect our own- it's a shame Bradley hasn't inherited this instinct as none of this would of happened if he had. If anyone trying to stick up for him isn't related to him then I'm lost for words. You clearly not a parent yourself or not one of sound mind. Or perhaps just as much of a monster as Bradley who thinks the best way to stop a baby for crying is to snap her arm. As a mother myself I have had times where my crying baby has pushed my to become stressed myself. During those times I have left the room for a 2 minutes breather. To just allow myself to relax and get ready to tackle the situation as a parent should- calmly and lovingly. All parents are pushed and tested. It's what kids do. And as parents it's our job to love and sooth them. But to break a babies arm- no excuses. I don't care how stressful Bradley found the situation. There is no excuse. So there is no way you can defend him. All the excuses above are total bull. If he had a mental health problem that didn't allow him to cope with stressful situations then why was he in the fire service? I hardly imaging running into a burning building to save people is like a relaxing spa day!! If he was that unable to cope why was he left alone with a screaming baby? I'm sure the mother would never have left him alone with the baby if she thought Bradley might react like this to their daughter crying. I hope to god he is never allowed alone with this poor baby. And please stop trying to defend him. There's nothing you can say, no one feels sorry for him, and you are just making yourself look as bad as him. Missoxford2010
  • Score: 16

9:11pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Amazinganman says...

This case goes to show everything what is wrong in the world; individuals defending parents and others that have abused a baby. A young tots bones are green stick and bend like reeds in the wind, to break this child's arm must have required great force, he had a lenient sentence and in my eyes a let off, using his illness as a defence, anyone else would have had the book thrown at them. Why was he allowed to be left alone with a child in the first place?

Now feeling guilty and out in the cold; bloody right he should. I cannot understand anyone friend or foe that would defend an abuser, even if it is stated a one off..Like any abuse it was always a one off and never going to happen again, till the next time of course. Never let him be alone with children, not worth the risk.
This case goes to show everything what is wrong in the world; individuals defending parents and others that have abused a baby. A young tots bones are green stick and bend like reeds in the wind, to break this child's arm must have required great force, he had a lenient sentence and in my eyes a let off, using his illness as a defence, anyone else would have had the book thrown at them. Why was he allowed to be left alone with a child in the first place? Now feeling guilty and out in the cold; bloody right he should. I cannot understand anyone friend or foe that would defend an abuser, even if it is stated a one off..Like any abuse it was always a one off and never going to happen again, till the next time of course. Never let him be alone with children, not worth the risk. Amazinganman
  • Score: 8

9:18pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

xenarthra wrote:
What an uncharitable lot you are. Either that, or you've never had children of your own. I doubt there is any parent who has never lost their patience with a screaming child. While there is no excuse for violence, the fact that this man made a terrible mistake does not make him a monster. The judge clearly recognised this, and handed out what he regarded as an appropriate punishment.

I don't know Bradley Hookway at all, but the posts on singletrackworld.com that Google throws up make him seem quite human to me: "I'm sure there are some keeping quiet who want to call me a child beater I should be locked up etc which is fine, your entitled to your opinion. I just hope in the end, everyone's happy again. Before Christmas it was perfect and now everyone is living a broken life because of me. The guilt is unbearable. "
Actually I have had children of my own, and when my youngest was born I was getting about 3 hours sleep a night, and not once did I decide to cause him unbearable pain. I've also looked after other people's children, who have been somewhat unruly, and I've not inflicted pain on them either.
I've lost my patience, who hasn't, but there's never any excuse to harm a child....no ifs, buts, or maybes!
[quote][p][bold]xenarthra[/bold] wrote: What an uncharitable lot you are. Either that, or you've never had children of your own. I doubt there is any parent who has never lost their patience with a screaming child. While there is no excuse for violence, the fact that this man made a terrible mistake does not make him a monster. The judge clearly recognised this, and handed out what he regarded as an appropriate punishment. I don't know Bradley Hookway at all, but the posts on singletrackworld.com that Google throws up make him seem quite human to me: "I'm sure there are some keeping quiet who want to call me a child beater I should be locked up etc which is fine, your entitled to your opinion. I just hope in the end, everyone's happy again. Before Christmas it was perfect and now everyone is living a broken life because of me. The guilt is unbearable. "[/p][/quote]Actually I have had children of my own, and when my youngest was born I was getting about 3 hours sleep a night, and not once did I decide to cause him unbearable pain. I've also looked after other people's children, who have been somewhat unruly, and I've not inflicted pain on them either. I've lost my patience, who hasn't, but there's never any excuse to harm a child....no ifs, buts, or maybes! Dilligaf2010
  • Score: -5

9:21pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

xenarthra wrote:
online_reader wrote:
xenarthra wrote:
What an uncharitable lot you are. Either that, or you've never had children of your own. I doubt there is any parent who has never lost their patience with a screaming child. While there is no excuse for violence, the fact that this man made a terrible mistake does not make him a monster. The judge clearly recognised this, and handed out what he regarded as an appropriate punishment.

I don't know Bradley Hookway at all, but the posts on singletrackworld.com that Google throws up make him seem quite human to me: "I'm sure there are some keeping quiet who want to call me a child beater I should be locked up etc which is fine, your entitled to your opinion. I just hope in the end, everyone's happy again. Before Christmas it was perfect and now everyone is living a broken life because of me. The guilt is unbearable. "
Not sure it's really guilt though, is it, rather that he's having to face the consequences of his actions and they aren't very nice. If the hospital had believed it was a simple children's accident, would he feel like this? I doubt it. I appreciate that Asperger's means he is likely to react differently to a screaming child to the rest of us, most likely he reacted to the noise, not "stress" as we understand it, however be he a monster or not, what he did *was* monstrous. He must never be allowed unsupervised access again, for the rights of the child do outweigh his. Locking him up would serve very little, however depriving him of access, family, love, seems entirely appropriate in the circumstances.
What he did was human. I'm not making excuses for him. However I leave judging others to the law courts and to God.
See the last word of your comment explains everything, you leave judging others to a mythical being, you're not able to make rational decisions on your own.
There is no such thing as god!
[quote][p][bold]xenarthra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]online_reader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xenarthra[/bold] wrote: What an uncharitable lot you are. Either that, or you've never had children of your own. I doubt there is any parent who has never lost their patience with a screaming child. While there is no excuse for violence, the fact that this man made a terrible mistake does not make him a monster. The judge clearly recognised this, and handed out what he regarded as an appropriate punishment. I don't know Bradley Hookway at all, but the posts on singletrackworld.com that Google throws up make him seem quite human to me: "I'm sure there are some keeping quiet who want to call me a child beater I should be locked up etc which is fine, your entitled to your opinion. I just hope in the end, everyone's happy again. Before Christmas it was perfect and now everyone is living a broken life because of me. The guilt is unbearable. "[/p][/quote]Not sure it's really guilt though, is it, rather that he's having to face the consequences of his actions and they aren't very nice. If the hospital had believed it was a simple children's accident, would he feel like this? I doubt it. I appreciate that Asperger's means he is likely to react differently to a screaming child to the rest of us, most likely he reacted to the noise, not "stress" as we understand it, however be he a monster or not, what he did *was* monstrous. He must never be allowed unsupervised access again, for the rights of the child do outweigh his. Locking him up would serve very little, however depriving him of access, family, love, seems entirely appropriate in the circumstances.[/p][/quote]What he did was human. I'm not making excuses for him. However I leave judging others to the law courts and to God.[/p][/quote]See the last word of your comment explains everything, you leave judging others to a mythical being, you're not able to make rational decisions on your own. There is no such thing as god! Dilligaf2010
  • Score: -16

10:22pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Cannabis man93 says...

I know this thug. And actually he is scum and a bully because not only has the idiot clearly got anger issues braking his daughters arm out of anger! Who f**king dose that!! But he also used to beat his girlfriend, the mother of his children. Soo yes actually Bradley is the lowest form of scum you can get. A woman beating bad parent. Should get sent to prison. Facts!
I know this thug. And actually he is scum and a bully because not only has the idiot clearly got anger issues braking his daughters arm out of anger! Who f**king dose that!! But he also used to beat his girlfriend, the mother of his children. Soo yes actually Bradley is the lowest form of scum you can get. A woman beating bad parent. Should get sent to prison. Facts! Cannabis man93
  • Score: -8

10:26pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Cannabis man93 says...

Howlittleyouknow. wrote:
markovox4 wrote:
Wow the lil boy gets a sentence like that for hurting a little baby who he should love sick lil **** I hope that the little 1 has been given to the mum end of
Shut.your.mouth
That guy is a dirty scum bag. Needs a good beating. See how he likes it instead of beating on woman!
[quote][p][bold]Howlittleyouknow.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]markovox4[/bold] wrote: Wow the lil boy gets a sentence like that for hurting a little baby who he should love sick lil **** I hope that the little 1 has been given to the mum end of[/p][/quote]Shut.your.mouth[/p][/quote]That guy is a dirty scum bag. Needs a good beating. See how he likes it instead of beating on woman! Cannabis man93
  • Score: -14

11:41pm Fri 1 Aug 14

How.much.i.know says...

Hardly anything in this article is correct,.
Apart from the fact he somehow managed to break his gorgeous baby daughters arm. Not only is she his own flesh and blood, but she was born at 33weeks and struggled and battled for her tiny life right from the beginning, and then he put her through so much more pain. I hope he lives with the guilt for the rest of his life!
Hardly anything in this article is correct,. Apart from the fact he somehow managed to break his gorgeous baby daughters arm. Not only is she his own flesh and blood, but she was born at 33weeks and struggled and battled for her tiny life right from the beginning, and then he put her through so much more pain. I hope he lives with the guilt for the rest of his life! How.much.i.know
  • Score: 13

3:32pm Sat 2 Aug 14

piper2011 says...

if his mental health issues are so bad, he shouldn't have had children
if his mental health issues are so bad, he shouldn't have had children piper2011
  • Score: 7

9:56pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Mike Hewlett says...

I post under the user name off, well myself. I will not post under such names as Cannabis man, and write the things you have. It clearly states that you are not to post any thing that is false, abusive or malicious. I think by your post at 10:22pm on Friday you broke all those rules.

I am a family member, and I struggle to come to terms with what Bradley has done, as does the whole family. Which brings me to the thinking is this platform to attack really beneficial. Air your views, its only natural. But consider that not only are you attacking the offender, but their family as well. I cant argue or defend what has happened, but I would of thought the idea of being able to leave comments on here was related to what was written in the article.

Cannabis man, I am fairly sure at this stage I know who you are, please refrain from posting aggressive or threatening posts.
I post under the user name off, well myself. I will not post under such names as Cannabis man, and write the things you have. It clearly states that you are not to post any thing that is false, abusive or malicious. I think by your post at 10:22pm on Friday you broke all those rules. I am a family member, and I struggle to come to terms with what Bradley has done, as does the whole family. Which brings me to the thinking is this platform to attack really beneficial. Air your views, its only natural. But consider that not only are you attacking the offender, but their family as well. I cant argue or defend what has happened, but I would of thought the idea of being able to leave comments on here was related to what was written in the article. Cannabis man, I am fairly sure at this stage I know who you are, please refrain from posting aggressive or threatening posts. Mike Hewlett
  • Score: 8

10:33pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Cannabis man93 says...

Mike Hewlett wrote:
I post under the user name off, well myself. I will not post under such names as Cannabis man, and write the things you have. It clearly states that you are not to post any thing that is false, abusive or malicious. I think by your post at 10:22pm on Friday you broke all those rules.

I am a family member, and I struggle to come to terms with what Bradley has done, as does the whole family. Which brings me to the thinking is this platform to attack really beneficial. Air your views, its only natural. But consider that not only are you attacking the offender, but their family as well. I cant argue or defend what has happened, but I would of thought the idea of being able to leave comments on here was related to what was written in the article.

Cannabis man, I am fairly sure at this stage I know who you are, please refrain from posting aggressive or threatening posts.
l will view my opinion on Bradley Hookway if i feel it necessary, especially after the pain he has caused three individuals, you voice yours im not aiming it at his family just him.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Hewlett[/bold] wrote: I post under the user name off, well myself. I will not post under such names as Cannabis man, and write the things you have. It clearly states that you are not to post any thing that is false, abusive or malicious. I think by your post at 10:22pm on Friday you broke all those rules. I am a family member, and I struggle to come to terms with what Bradley has done, as does the whole family. Which brings me to the thinking is this platform to attack really beneficial. Air your views, its only natural. But consider that not only are you attacking the offender, but their family as well. I cant argue or defend what has happened, but I would of thought the idea of being able to leave comments on here was related to what was written in the article. Cannabis man, I am fairly sure at this stage I know who you are, please refrain from posting aggressive or threatening posts.[/p][/quote]l will view my opinion on Bradley Hookway if i feel it necessary, especially after the pain he has caused three individuals, you voice yours im not aiming it at his family just him. Cannabis man93
  • Score: 1

12:07am Mon 4 Aug 14

LC1Oxford says...

I think it is reasonable to judge someone by their actions. Injuring a child out of frustration is very worrying. Life is full of difficulties and how you react to stresses shows your strength or weaknesses. So he broke his baby's arm, yet tried to blame it on his other child? Violent and deceptive. I hope his friends and family keep an eye on him. I would be worried to leave him unattended with pets, children, a partner, elderly relatives etc.
I think it is reasonable to judge someone by their actions. Injuring a child out of frustration is very worrying. Life is full of difficulties and how you react to stresses shows your strength or weaknesses. So he broke his baby's arm, yet tried to blame it on his other child? Violent and deceptive. I hope his friends and family keep an eye on him. I would be worried to leave him unattended with pets, children, a partner, elderly relatives etc. LC1Oxford
  • Score: 11

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