Another Carnitha Matthews case? Why did this magistrate, Â tasked with upholding the law, cave in to Mohammedan mores?
His puzzlement, his confusion and his failure to act shows how sick Â and morally vacuous Western elites are. The defendant must show his (or her) face. No two ways about it. Â Anyone could come and go as someone else, not to mention the security implications.
To question is one thing, to act would have been another:
A MAGISTRATE has questioned whether a Saudi woman appearing in court should have been allowed to wear “a full burqa’’Â or face covering, telling her “this is an Australian court”.Â Â
Brisbane Magistrate John Costello was sentencing a woman who pleaded guilty to leaving her baby, four and half months, unattended in a car in direct sun for 45 minutes last year…
The magistrate questioned whether it was “appropriate’’ for the full burqa to be worn in court, saying: “This is an Australian court’’ and he queried “the validity’’ of her wearing it in court.
But he did not demand she take it off.
But Islamic groups yesterday came out in support of Mr Costello, saying they supported magistrates asking women to remove their face covering if there was a reasonable question of security or identification…
Mr Costello then proceeded to sentence the female student, without requiring her to remove her face covering, more commonly called a niqab when it reveals the eyes.
It’s harder to judge remorse or defiance, a lie or the truth, when the face is concealed. The woman, being unrecognisable, also escapes some of the shame that is the punishment.