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UK Mom Who ‘Imprisons’ Daughter to Stop Her from Buying Drugs Gets 12 Month Prison Sentence

posted 03:45 AM EST, Sat April 16, 2011

A mom in Dover England is facing a 12 month jail sentence for tackling and then taping up her daughter to stop her from meeting with a drug dealer.

In trying to keep her daughter from jumping out a side window to meet with a drug dealer lying in wait outside, Julia Saker and the victim’s then boyfriend, 22 year old Christopher Francklin, pushed Tabitha Saker to the ground, bundled her up with packing tape and pushed a sock in her mouth to keep her from screaming.

Unfortunately for the concerned mom and boyfriend, Tabitha had already dialed 999 (emergency) and the whole thing was caught on tape for police who arrested the duo on charges of false imprisonment - charges which led to an eventual prison sentence of 12 months for mom Julia and 18 months for boyfriend Christopher.

Many in England have criticized the courts for their judgment against a mom who seemed to have the best interests of her daughter in mind during the commission of the crime.

Dover MP Charlie Elphicke says the sentence is far too severe, arguing, “Drugs are a real evil of our times. Many people tell me any parent would do all they could in such a case. It seems clear that Julia’s motive was to help her daughter. In view of this, many feel that the sentence is too harsh.” He has said that he will push for a review of her sentencing.

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  • Prison Time for Mom Who Stopped Daughter from Buying Drugs: The judge wasn't influenced by her motives and sentenced the concerned mom to 12 months for tying up her daughter.
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