Every Parent's Nightmare

Every Parent s Nightmare What would you do if your son was jailed for life in a hellhole of a bulgarian prison for a crime you believe he didn t commit In young Australian traveller Jock Palfreeman was found guilty of t

  • Title: Every Parent's Nightmare
  • Author: Belinda Hawkins
  • ISBN: 9781742379852
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • What would you do if your son was jailed for life in a hellhole of a bulgarian prison for a crime you believe he didn t commit In 2009, young Australian traveller Jock Palfreeman was found guilty of the murder of Andrei Monov, the only son of two people well connected in the Sofia legal fraternity He claims he went to the defence of Gypsies being attacked by Monov and a bWhat would you do if your son was jailed for life in a hellhole of a bulgarian prison for a crime you believe he didn t commit In 2009, young Australian traveller Jock Palfreeman was found guilty of the murder of Andrei Monov, the only son of two people well connected in the Sofia legal fraternity He claims he went to the defence of Gypsies being attacked by Monov and a bunch of soccer hooligans The Bulgarians claim it was an act of cold blooded murder.In a case of many twists and turns, where vital evidence was kept out of court and crucial witnesses never called, Belinda Hawkins brings to life the legal battle that haunted two shattered families on opposite sides of the globe She also reminds us of the dangers we all confront when travelling to worlds very different from our own But it is the attempt by Jock s father, Dr Simon Palfreeman, to obtain justice for his son and the terrifying emotional cost involved that are at the heart of Every Parent s Nightmare.This is the harrowing story of what happens when world s collide It is also the powerful and heartbreaking story of one father s fight to prove his son s innocence.

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    1. Belinda Hawkins has done a great job of detailing the story of Jock Palfreeman and his trial in Bulgaria.Although there were so many differing versions told of the events that occurred on that evening in December 2007, Belinda has been able to cover the facts in a very comprehensive manner.The facts in this book are frustrating and unbelievable and I found that I needed to put the book down or re-read sections to make sure I could absorb it all properly.A story that has not received enough cover [...]

    2. While most Australians will be very familiar with the Chapelle Corby case, very few have probably heard of Jock Palfreeman. Yet Jock is living the same nightmare as Chapelle, he is currently stuck in a foreign prison for a crime he believes he did not commit and has very little hope of being released within the next decade.Like thousands of other young Australian travellers, Jock set off for his big adventure back in 2006. Not one to stick to the normal tourist trail, Jock preferred to find off [...]

    3. In 2008, ABC TV's Australian Story senior journalist Belinda Hawkins fielded a phone call about a young man being held in a Bulgarian prison. Jock Palfreeman, an Australian national and British Army recruit, had been accused of murder after a brawl in the country's capital and was facing a life sentence. The story caught Hawkins interest and this book, Every Parent's Nightmare, is the result of a comprehensive five year investigation.With access to police reports, legal documents, CCTV footage a [...]

    4. This review is from: Every Parent's Nightmare: Jock Palfreeman and the true Story of His Father's Fight to Save Him from a Lifetime in a Bulgarian Jail (Paperback) This is an absolutely essential book for everyone interested in the Jock Palfreeman case - and the monumental injustice that is so painstakingly chronicled here. It will also be of interest to anyone wanting to understand why many of us felt that Bulgaria's entry into the EU was premature - precisely because of the lack of objectivity [...]

    5. Although the world is full of injustice and tragedy, most of us even with our leisure filled lives do nothing about it. If we all picked just one event, incident or cause, and tried to nudge it towards a better outcome, it might just decrease ever so slightly the suffering around us. Belinda Hawkins has done her share by writing this book which seeks to highlight the injustice, and tragedy, of the Jock Palfreyman story. An imperfect but passionate man who as a result of his his own impulsive act [...]

    6. This is an excellent non-fiction book, well written and well edited. The story it tells seems to belong to the realm of fantasy, the nightmarish type. With an intriguing cast of characters to encounter and chaotic accounts from witnesses of the events, Belinda Hawkins chooses to present it in chronological order and thus brings much desired clarity to the confusion that appears to have prevailed throughout the trial. She takes us on a journey filled with a vast range of emotions, from bewilderme [...]

    7. Belinda Hawkins has done a fantastic job. To take so much information and put it into digestible pieces so that the reader can make their own conclusion is no easy task. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good non fiction read which challenges your internal struggle. What would you do in the same situation?

    8. In Every Parent’s Nightmare, Australian journalist Belinda Hawkins meticulously recreates the night that changed young Australian Jock Palfreeman’s night forever and the months and years that have followed that day. In 2009, Jock Palfreeman claimed he tried to help a Gypsy who was being attacked by a bunch of soccer hooligans but the combination of alcohol and gang mentality created chaos and Jock finds himself locked up in a Bulgarian prison accused of stabbing Andrei Monov to his death. Ce [...]

    9. Jock Palfreeman was always a bit of a free spirit growing up, so it was no great surprise that when he opted to go travelling overseas, he often ended up in places off the beaten track. An engaging and generous young man, he would often volunteer in underprivileged communities and was always popular with the locals who loved his easygoing manner and kindness. On his first trip to Bulgaria he made many friends and during a break from his service in the British Army he opted to head back there for [...]

    10. A powerful book and story, but a very sad one too. The Bulgarian "justice" system is a positive joke, the entire country appears to be corrupt at some level. I take my hat off to Jock, firstly for following his beliefs and moral values that being a Good Samaritan is the right thing to do (which it is!), and then surviving the consequences when others don't give a damn and only "push their own barrow". His strength, and that of his father Simon who just kept on fighting, was unbelievable. The nar [...]

    11. Ned Kelly Award nominated for best non fiction crime.The title says it all. Bad enough to learn your child has been charged with a serious crime but to have it happen In a country whose criminal justice system is at best inconsistent and at worst corrupt is the stuff of nightmares.Hawkins describes in detail the events of the trial and the vagaries of the legal system. I have to be honest and say the picture painted of Bulgaria and its society is not one they would want on a travel brochure. The [...]

    12. Belinda Hawkins has done an outstanding job in writing this book. She laid out the facts in an easy to read, non-biased way.The only difficult part of reading this book was constantly reminding myself it is a true story. There were so many moments I would find myself shaking my head or muttering words "how can this be true?" My heart is now with the Palfreeman family. I want to thank Belinda for bringing this story to our attention once again. Every Australian should read this book.

    13. What a story, I have never read a book so quick. I could not put it down. This story makes me proud to be an Australian, an Australian that will never travel to Bulgaria.

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