London Lite Tuesday, 11 August 2009 childrens services boss to fight ed balls over sacking Totskillersgivenprotectioninjail by KAREN ATTWOOD E Continued from Page 1 six baby Peter carers seeking court compo Caged: Steven Barker and Baby Ps manipulative, lazy mother Tracey Connelly disclosed for the first time that the third defendant, Jason Owen, 37, who was referred to only as their lodger in their trial, is in fact Barkers brother. The three were sentenced in May after being found guilty of causing or allowing the death of Peter in August 2007. The boy suffered 50 injuries, including fractured ribs and a broken back. Owen was sentenced to a minimum of three years. Barker, who played the major part in Peters death, was given a minimum of 12 years and Connelly a minimum of five years. Barker was later jailed for life, with a minimum term of 10 years, for raping a two- year-old girl. Barker, a 6ft 4in, 18st bully and sadistic neo-Nazi, is suspected of sex attacks on other children. Father-of-four Owen, a convicted arsonist who changed his surname by deed poll, was staying at Peters home with his 15-year-old girlfriend when the abuse occurred. Connelly, who has four other children, was described as a manipulative and lazy woman who lied repeatedly to social workers and insisted she knew nothing about the attacks. The bounty being offered to attack Barker was revealed in The Sun today. Connelly is at Low Newton jail near Durham and is in solitary confinement to protect her from fellow prisoners. SIX carers in the Baby P case who lost their jobs are demanding tax- payers money in compensation. Their extensive legal action fol- lows an attempt in court by Haringey council to keep its role in the scandal out of the headlines for years to come. Those seeking compensation include Sharon Shoesmith, the former head of childrens services, who was sacked last December. She is receiving financial support for her High Court action from the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, which represents sen- ior council managers. She is set for a court battle with Schools Secretary Ed Balls, who ordered Haringey to remove her from her 130,000-a-year job as director of childrens services in the wake of the scandal. Ms Shoesmith claims Mr Balls was unduly influenced by media pressure and has launched judicial review proceedings in the High Court to test whether the decision exceeded his legal powers. Four of Ms Shoesmiths Haringey colleagues have also appealed against their sackings, while the doctor who failed to spot 17-month- old Peters broken back is suing for unfair dismissal. If all their cases are successful at tribunal, the six individuals could share up to 1.4m in compensation. Meanwhile, Dr Sabah Al-Zayyat, the consultant who failed to spot Baby Peters broken back and ribs two days before his death, could win 65,000 damages if her case for unfair d i s m i s s a l i s s uc c e s s f u l at tribunal. Dr Al-Zayyat was sacked from Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital and suspended by the General Medical Council pending an investigation. Ms Shoesmiths 80,000-a-year deputy Cecilia Hitchen and three other Haringey child protection workers who were fired without compensation are also appealing. Baby Peters social worker, Maria Ward, was dismissed for gross misconduct after it emerged that she saw him at least nine times while he was on the child protec- tion register. She failed to spot Peters injuries had been covered with chocolate and said he seemed well four days before he died. Gillie Christou, Ms Wards super- visor, and Clive Preece, who was head of safeguarding at Haringey, are appealing against their dis- missals for gross misconduct. Both played roles in the decision to send Peter back to live with his mother instead of placing him with a fos- ter family. Failure: Baby Ps social worker didnt see chocolate was hiding his face injuries Battle:former childrensservices bossofHaringey SharonShoesmith isclaimingunfair dismissal Inbrief too cold tate sued by worker A TATE Britain gallery supervisor is suing for compensation after being moved to the colder Tate Modern, which she claimed made her Crohns disease worse. Elizabeth Andrews, 40, from Rochester, Kent, has worked for Tate since 2003. She told a tribunal she felt she was being pushed out when ordered to work at Tate Modern after a personal dispute. The case continues. oz rock star in collapse drama THE frontman of one of Australias biggest rock bands was rushed to hospital after collapsing on stage in London. Nic Cester, singer of JET, was performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Old Park Lane last night in a promotional tour for the bands new album. 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