MoD jack again?

Ventress

LE
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#1
The father of Simon Jeans, a RLC soldiers killed in Split in 1996 is still fighting for justice from the Croatian Courts. Five local men have been jailed, but one faces a re-trial.

It was no suprise to see the MoD refused to give any financial support to the parents. They are financing their travel and interpreters etc, through local appeals in the local paper.

No suprises ther then.
 
#3
Congratulations to Mr Terry Jeans on finally, as a result of his persistence, seeing one of his son's killers going to jail.

Pte Simon Jeans was a capable and well-liked member of the ARRC Sp Bn in Sarajevo during Op RESOLUTE, who died of head injuries inflicted by a gang of local thugs in Split.

Pompey News - Gosport father wins justice after 16-years as son's attacker is jailed
LONG ROAD TO JUSTICE

· 1996 – Simon Jeans dies in hospital of a brain haemorrhage after being beaten up in Croatia.

· 1998 – Five men appear in court and Terry Jeans visits Croatia for the trial, which is repeatedly adjourned.

· 2000 – The five men are convicted of assault and given 16 months in prison between them. Dejan Skaro, a juvenile, is acquitted.

· 2001 – Case is referred to the Croatian Supreme Court.

· 2003 – Supreme Court judge orders a retrial.

· 2004 – Date is set for the retrial of Dejan Skaro, who is now charged with murder.

· 2007 – Skaro is acquitted again after trial judge rules military decision to fly Pte Jeans to hospital in England contributed to his death.

· 2008 – Croatian Supreme Court orders another retrial after medical evidence refutes judge’s accusations.

· January 2011 – Mr Jeans is awarded almost £5,000 compensation by the European Court of Human Rights over the excessive delays.

· June 2011 – Skaro convicted of lesser charge of causing severe injury to Pte Jeans by hitting him with a rock. Given a suspended sentence.

· April 2012 - Skaro is jailed.
 
#4
The MOD stopped funding trips for the father in 2000. They gave up and probably thought that all appeals were exhausted and weren't worth fighting any longer. But luckily, (well not so lucky for the thug who thought he had got away with it), Terry didn't give up and has pretty much lost everything in order to finally get justice.

Terry couldn't get financial support from agencies such as The Royal British Legion because, although Simon's wife had left him and run off with another man about 6 weeks before he died, they were still legally married and therefore any support that the RBL could contribute, would be to the wife who got everything anyway and hasn't lifted a finger to fight for justice.

This father has attended pretty much every hearing and court appearance alone and 2 days ago the local newspaper put me in contact with Terry. I have set up a group on facebook and all of us old people who worked with Jeansey back in the 90's are looking into a fund raiser. Not a fund raiser for Simon's memory, but a fund raiser to try and get a little something back for his dad who has lost everything fighting for this - his job, his home......... Even if we can raise enough to pay for a holiday for him as he hasn't had a break in over 16 years. The group was only set up 2 days ago so planning is in it's very early stages, but we are hoping the even will take place in October. If anyone is interested in coming along to this event and raising some money for a fantastic guy, then please post here and hopefully i will be able to figure out how to get back on and find your messages.
 
#5
What a top bloke (the Father obviously).

Keep us posted on any further details, ie how to donate/help.
 
#6
I am just waiting on some information back which I should receive next week and if all that turns out ok, then we will start planning and will incorparate the event with a get together with Terry as he is very keen to meet everyone, his army friends, work colleagues or just people who care and want to be a part of it.
 
#7
"Terry couldn't get financial support from agencies such as The Royal British Legion because, although Simon's wife had left him and run off with another man about 6 weeks before he died, they were still legally married and therefore any support that the RBL could contribute, would be to the wife who got everything anyway and hasn't lifted a finger to fight for justice."

Something about that doesnt seem quite kosher.
 
#8
Mariah, for what Terry has done for simon makes him an great guy. He shouldn't have had to fight for justice for his son by himself. To battle on for 16 years shows charactar. I am sorry that there is animosity between you, all families have their issues.
 
#10
The above notwithstanding - has the Corps Benevolence Fund been approached?
 
#11
Queensman,

This is now a very long-going issue. I would be very surprised if the Corps funds (and most other sources of funding) have not already been tapped.
 
#12
Queensman,

This is now a very long-going issue. I would be very surprised if the Corps funds (and most other sources of funding) have not already been tapped.
Thanks - I thought it probably had, but 'twas worth asking....
 

oldbaldy

LE
Moderator
#13
"Terry couldn't get financial support from agencies such as The Royal British Legion because, although Simon's wife had left him and run off with another man about 6 weeks before he died, they were still legally married and therefore any support that the RBL could contribute, would be to the wife who got everything anyway and hasn't lifted a finger to fight for justice."

Something about that doesnt seem quite kosher.
The wife, estranged or not is the next of kin. For TRBL to give assistance to the father would go against their Royal Charter & the same goes for most Service Benevolent Funds.
 
#14
Mariah, firstly please do not refer to Simon's friends and colleagues as 'you people'. we're not your enemy and obviously don't know Simon's family situation. There are a lot of us who lost a really good friend when Simon died, so please don't make it sound like its 'us' against you. If there is a way for us to speak privately on here, I would be more then happy to do so. But i do really wish that you hadnt disclosed such personal information about my friend when your arguement is obviously with his father.
 
#15
MFW, If you are serious, why are you telling us and not the police, or at the very least, the press.
 
#16
MFW, I am not sure what in my comment upset you. You state that you are trying to do your best for Simon. How is your appearance on here helping him? This is an internet web-site. If you have serious allegations to make and wish to make them public, repsond to the papers who published the articles. If you wish to see a prosecution, talk to the police.

No-one has called you a liar.
 
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Screw_The_Nut

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#17
Excuse me? what to tell the press and for everyone to think that it's a lie just like you do? I'm not going to comment on this page no more. sorry if i offended anyone. that last comment "blokeonabike" was unnecessary I'm just trying to do my best for Simon as I've been to scared to do it for years as I'm only 18.
You are an idiot aren't you? You don't go on a public forum and start throwing accusasions like that around, if you have something to say say it to the police like normal people would. You just sound like a pissed off Croat who just had their brother/uncle/father locked up for a long time. Where are the MODs when you need them? This thread needs a re-adjustment promto!

PS. and secondly if you are 18, then you were 2 years old when he died, so you wouldn't be able to remember sh*t about him, so don't pretend otherwise.
 
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Screw_The_Nut

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#18
This is a turn for the Nigerians? How long before "she" came out with the old "I have one million dollars to transfer to a UK bank account"?
 
#19
Ah yes, all good points but, up till she got all upset at me, no-one had called her a liar. Maybe it was her guilty conscience?
 

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