Our thanks to Mike P for this, concerning a documentary which was broadcast last night. Extracts:
A murderer who beat a hitchhiker to death exhibits a string of psychological and physical factors that could have influenced his decision to kill, experts reveal.
Paul Aldridge, now 43, from London, served 22 years in prison for violently beating hitchhiker Tommy McLauglin, 60, to death in a 1996…
Desperate to learn more about the reasons why he committed his crime, Aldridge agreed to submit himself to physiological and psychological testing as part of a three-week examination for Channel 4’s What Makes a Murderer, which airs tonight at 9pm.
His mother also drank while pregnant with Aldridge, impacting his brain development, and caused lasting damage when she struck him over the head with a rolling pin.
How much criminality is caused in part by brain damage resulting from women drinking alcohol, smoking, or taking other drugs, during pregnancy? We know that Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is the leading cause of preventable mental incapacitation in the Western world. In oue last manifesto we covered FAS (pp.7,8) and made this proposal:
The government should introduce legislation to prosecute women who have given birth to babies with FAS with inflicting GBH, and if found guilty, give them custodial sentences in line with CPS guidance, 9 – 16 years.
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