JAN MOIR: A sickening excuse for a mother – Sarah Moran thinks her rapist son is an angel and not to blame for violent attack
22:38 GMT, 13 September 2012
Some mothers do have them — but not Sarah Moran. Her 19-year-old son Joseph is an angel.
My boy wouldn’t hurt a fly, your honour! Never mind the fact that he was jailed this week for raping and beating up a young woman, Sarah is convinced that her wee boy was not to blame.
So she did something about it.
Fag in hand, placards to the fore (well, a couple of sheets of A4), and wearing a T-shirt with the word INNOCENT printed across her chest, Sarah made her point outside the high court in Nottingham.
Refusing to face the awful truth: Joseph Moran's mother, Sarah Moran, pictured, pleads his innocence outside court as he was jailed this week for raping and beating up a young woman
She’s got all the injured party moves down pat, including that special ‘victim’ face, and the telly-friendly aggrieved look. Is she going through the motions because she thinks this is what a mother should do Or does she really believe that Joseph is innocent Neither stance does her much credit.
Many readers will be familiar with this distressing case, which has also been the subject of a Crimewatch appeal.
Last December in Nottingham, a 23-year-old law student was thrown off a late-night bus for being 20p short of the 5 fare. CCTV cameras showed the young woman pleading with the driver for eight long minutes to be allowed to board, while passengers simply sat and watched.
No one came to her aid. No one offered to give, let alone lend, the missing 20p.
Instead, the woman had to phone her mother to ask her to pick her up, then began to walk in the direction of her home town, 14 miles away.
However, after travelling less than a mile, she was pounced on by Moran. High on a mixture of drink and drugs, he dragged her into a nearby park and subjected her to a vicious 25-minute attack. So far, so utterly awful.
This week, justice of a sort was delivered when Moran was found guilty of rape and wounding with intent, and told he must serve a minimum of six-and-a-half years.
Guilty: Sarah Moran begged to differ with her son's sentence. She insisted her son, pictured, had been falsely convicted
The judge said it was a brutal and horrific attack, branding him a ‘pathological liar’ for sticking to his story throughout the case.
Toot-te-toot! Cue the mum cavalry. Sarah Moran begged to differ. She insisted her son had been falsely convicted.
He had simply stumbled across the girl and had gone to her aid. He had cut himself, she said, and that was why his DNA was at the scene.
Really. Her motherly concern is touching. Yet instead of protesting his innocence, wouldn’t it be more productive if she helped her son face up to what he has done — and try to live a better life in future
While she is at it, perhaps she could also reflect upon her own role in bringing up a boy like Joseph.
A son who, throughout the trial, showed neither remorse nor shame. Who made a point of yawning and picking his nails when in the dock. He’s so not bovvered!
Worst of all, she should consider her part in raising a teenage son who was roaming unchecked through dark city centre streets after 3am, intoxicated and out of control, primed to rape the first woman who crossed his path.
Perhaps Sarah Moran can’t or won’t do that, because then she would have to wonder if she, in any small way, was morally responsible for the monster her son turned out to be.
Far easier to moan and blame a corrupt system instead. The terrible thing is that for some parents, the focus is not on what is wrong or right, but merely on shifting the blame.
In this case, there is no sympathy for the ordeal the victim went through, no respect for the process of law.
What I don’t like about Sarah Moran — and other mothers like her — is that not only do they not wish to take responsibility for the actions of their children, they don’t want the children to either.
Instead, parental energy is concentrated on avoiding the consequences — at all costs.
The Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham, where a law student was raped by Moran after she was refused entry onto a bus because she was 20p short
And whatever way you look at it, this is not Britain’s finest hour.
As we continue to congratulate ourselves on our gold-plated Olympic spirit and our gorgeous bonhomie, let us rewind to that cold and heartless night last winter, when a young woman was forced off a bus and into the path of danger because she was 20p short of her fare.
Many, including the police, have found it disheartening that neither the driver nor any of the passengers was willing to help her.
And while it is tempting to start blaming others — and also to fondly imagine how much better we would have behaved in the circumstances — it is important to remember one thing. Had she managed to stay on the bus, the rapist would just have attacked someone else.
The only person to blame here is Joseph Moran. Only his mum just can’t see it that way.
Perfectly peachy way to get wed
As Gordon Gekko once said, greed is good. Sometimes you’ve just got to salute the acquisitiveness of others.
That’s why I’m indebted to Peaches Geldof for selling her wedding pictures to Hello magazine this week. If she hadn’t, there would have been no opportunity to pore happily over every detail: groom Thomas Cohen with a perfect white rose in his lapel, baby Astala in grey stripes, the cake with its marzipan pigs, the marquee with its French crystal chandeliers and Parpy the dog being the ring bearer.
Of course, the bride’s dress was beautiful, a confection of silk chiffon, lace, pearls and crystals made for her by the internationally renowned Alberta Ferretti. Or rather ‘I sketched it and Alberta realised it with me’ is how Peaches put it.
Peaches Geldof, in her custom-made Alberta Ferretti gown, poses with three generations of her family
In the modern fashion, she wore three different gowns — one for the ceremony, one for the reception and one for the party — all to be revealed in Hello next week, yipee.
Among her bridesmaids were her sisters Fifi and Pixie and half-sister Tiger. They wore white Ferretti, with exquisite daisy headdresses, velvet platforms and a sprinkling of assorted tattoos.
She married in the same church that her parents got married in — and where the funeral of her mother Paula was held in 2000.
I couldn’t help but think how sad it was that Paula was not there to see her beautiful girls, all grown up and glowing. And how much she would have loved it all.
Potty about Posh's tot
This week’s guilty obsession . . . Harper Beckham. She is so gorgeous, a marshmallow of baby scrumptiousness in her designer clothes, darling little sandals and wispy hair.
I find myself scouring photographs of the Beckhams, hoping to see her cute little face in the mix. Is that wrong, or is that what Posh has planned all along Can a baby clothes range be far off
Cute: Harper Beckham in her designer clothes being carried by her fashion-designer mother Victoria
Gimme Gwynnie's guru
Gwyneth Paltrow has been named Best Dressed Woman in the World, beating the Duchess of Cambridge to the top
Hot fashion news. Gwyneth Paltrow has been named Best Dressed Woman in the World by People magazine, beating the Duchess of Cambridge and Rihanna to the top slot. Gwynnie the pinny
Come on. Much as I love her spiced tuna recipe, have the judges seen Gwyneth wandering around in what looks like an embroidered tablecloth in her cookery book
I call it her ‘I want to get laid’ look, but it is never going to catch on.
Speaking of things catching, have the judges also forgotten that bra-free translucent mesh calamity at the Oscars in 2002
That was back in the bad old days — before Gwyneth got some professional help. To be totally accurate, the award that People should have given her is Best Dressed Woman in the World — Since She Hired Elizabeth Saltzman As Her Personal Stylist.
Saltzman is a sort of American fashion genius, who has inspired Paltrow to adopt her elegant, pared-down red carpet style. ‘She doesn’t do fringe,’ said Saltzman, describing Gwyneth’s go-to look.
It is Saltzman who picks the frocks, the rocks and the style shocks that put Gwyn on the top of the fashion pile.
And she deserves to be number one because she does look incredible (well, most of the time).
True, her amazing body and yogatastic workouts all help things along. But I like to think we’d all look better if we had someone like Saltzman getting first dibs on the new Tom Ford collection on our behalf. Yes. Even me.
Poor Kate. While she dazzles and charms in the Far East, let us pray, pray, pray that the Duchess of Cambridge has no idea that royal baby bump speculation is reaching a crazed fever pitch back home.
I found myself speculating that as she had worn two non-fitted dresses in a row, the announcement is nigh. So shaming! It’s got to stop. It’s rude — and wrong.
Is Her Maj really a loose woman
Full of surprises: According to Loose Women host Denise Welch, the Queen is a fan of the programme
The Queen is full of surprises, she really is. She keeps her Frosties in Tupperware containers, she jumps out of helicopters, she loves the daytime chat show, Loose Women.
Now and again, Her Majesty also likes to . . . hang on a minute. Rewind. Let’s run through that again.
Tupperware, tick. Helicopter, tick. Loose Women Uh-oh. Whoop-whoop. Parping chorus of raspberry sounds.
Can it possibly be true that the Queen is a fan of the infamous daytime yak show
According to Denise Welch, one of the programme’s occasional hosts, the answer is a very royal yes.
Appearing on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Denise (pictured) said — I’m paraphrasing here — that she absolutely knows this to be true because she once went to a do at Buckingham Palace and a footman or someone said to her yeah, yeah, Her Majesty loves your show, HUGE fan, adores it, watches every day. Or something like that.
Have you seen Loose Women It is the kind of programme that connects with a daytime audience that does not want to be troubled with anything too taxing, like Jeremy Kyle or adverts about leather sofas.
It is popular with housewives, students, pensioners, young mums and the unemployed. There is much bawdy talk over mugs of coffee from the props department and no edition of the show is complete without someone — usually, but not always, Carol McGiffin — confessing that she is having the ‘best sex of my life’. Lawks.
Loose Women: Pictured Andrea McLean, Denise Welch, Carol McGiffin and Jane McDonald on the show
If the Queen really loves Loose Women, should we also surmise that she has a secret pash for Bacardi Breezers and has I Luv Corgis tattooed on her bicep
I believe Denise. She is close friends with royalty. At a party, she once flashed her breasts at Princess Beatrice and button-holed Prince Andrew about the way the Royal Family treated Diana. Holy insignia, how I wish I’d been there!
His face, as she prattled on, must have been a picture. The only wonder is that she hasn’t been sent to the Tower. Denise is mad and sometimes bad, but I do love her.omeone like Saltzman getting first dibs on the new Tom Ford collection on our behalf. Yes. Even me.
Could Boris ever be PM He is hugely popular and can be a shameless scene stealer. Yet look at how David Cameron handled the Hillsborough report this week.
He was statesmanlike, honest, sincere and direct. He didn’t try to grandstand, score political points or sugar the pill. Can you imagine Boris doing the same thing No, me neither.