Violent history of the feckless father who has '15 children by 14 women'
21st September 2010
The violent past of the feckless father who is costing the taxpayer £1.5million in benefits for his ten children by ten women was exposed last night.
Keith Macdonald, who has been in and out of prison, may even have fathered up to 15 children – with 14 different mothers.
The jobless 25-year-old, who met most of his conquests at bus stops, has convictions for violence against one of his ex-girlfriends.
He has a series of previous convictions, including a prison sentence for hitting another man with a pint glass.
Macdonald, who spends his money on lager and fruit machines, has also had restraining orders taken out against him by two of his children’s mothers and spent time in jail for breaking one of the orders.
Yesterday a defiant Macdonald, of Washington, Tyne and Wear, insisted he would not have a vasectomy.
But the mounting bill to the taxpayer was described as ‘a disgusting abuse’ as it emerged that the cost to the benefits system of his ten children will be £150,000 each by the time they are 18 – a total of £1.5million.
The figure does not include education, NHS costs or any other public services.
Each of the ten children, including the two yet to be born, could over 18 years cost £50,000 in child tax credits and £20,000 in child benefit, while each mother could receive £30,000 in income support and £50,000 in housing benefit. Hardly any of them work.
The bill may increase further if there are more children. One ex-girlfriend yesterday claimed that two further, unnamed women were carrying his babies, and said that he had bragged about already having three more children with two further women.
This would mean binman’s son Macdonald has fathered 11 children in total, with four yet to be born.
Sarah Armstrong, 19, a beautician from Chester-le-Street, County Durham, has claimed to be six weeks pregnant with Macdonald’s baby, and said she had been expecting twins but miscarried one.
But last night, Macdonald’s relationship with Miss Little appeared to be over after he was warned by the police to leave her alone following a series of allegedly abusive phone calls. ‘He even moved his Xbox in, but he took that away last week,’ she said.
A second expectant mother, Danielle Little, 24, said she learnt of her pregnancy earlier this month. In addition to Miss Armstrong and Miss Little, a further two women are said to be expecting Macdonald’s children.
And Stacey Barker, 22, who gave birth to Macdonald’s daughter Emily, now three, said he boasted about being the father of a seven- and eight-year-old now living in Bristol, and had also claimed to have a two-year-old child.
Miss Barker, who receives just £2.50-a-week in child support from Macdonald, said yesterday: ‘When I fell pregnant with Emily he asked me to get rid of her. I said no.
‘He gets the girls pregnant and then he leaves or just asks them to get rid of it.’
Macdonald, who wakes each day with a can of lager, vowed yesterday not to have any more children.
From his two-bedroom council flat, he said: ‘I don’t want any more kids. I haven’t got any plans to have any more. All these girls are playing games with me and I don’t want the aggravation.
‘I’m getting hassled all the time. I’ve definitely got eight kids, but I haven’t seen any tests from Danielle or Sarah to say they’re pregnant and I’ve never slept with them - I wouldn’t touch either of them.’
Macdonald, who first had sex at the age of ten, refuses to wear a condom and boasts that he has slept with more than 40 women.
He first became a father at the age of 15 when his then girlfriend, Michelle Purvis, now 32, gave birth to his daughter Jamie Leah, now 10.
When they split up he met Charlotte Anderson, now 25, who had his daughter, Kady, now eight.
Macdonald then met Jordan Banks, who was just 15 when he got her pregnant. They had a son, Angelis, who is now seven years old.
June Garrick, now 26, gave birth to his fourth child, Brandon, in October 2003 - just a month after Angelis was born. Then, in 2006, Stephanie Jubb, now 25, gave birth to their son Matt, who is now four.
Next was Stacey Barker, who gave birth to Emily, now three. His seventh child was Clio, now two, born after a brief romance with Bec Wright.
Claire Bryant, 21, who was last year engaged to Macdonald, gave birth to his eighth child, Paige, in April.
They split in January. Miss Bryant said: ‘Keith calmed down while we were together and he stopped drinking so much.
‘But from what I gather he has gone back to his old ways. He spends his time drinking lager and playing computer games.
‘And he doesn’t have a job - he gets bored and would rather do what he wants than work.’
Matthew Sinclair, director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘This is a disgusting abuse of a benefits system that is supposed to look after those who have genuinely fallen on hard times. It is shocking that someone can be so indifferent to their responsibilities.’
The mothers are as much to blame as the 'feckless father' of 15 children by 14 women
21st September 2010
Looking at the photograph of the weasel-faced Keith MacDonald, it's hard to imagine why so many women were prepared to jump into bed with him without so much as a 'Do you truly love me?' or (more practically) 'Don't you think we should be careful?'
Most girls would want to run a man like that under the tap before even sitting next to him on a bus. Or perhaps it was the unemployed 25-year-old's scintillating, lager-fuelled conversation which did the trick.
The man described as 'Britain's most feckless father' may be the prospective father of 15 children by 14 women according to new reports, four of them as yet unborn.
He's as busy as a burger bar outside a football ground. MacDonald's tally is more than one child a year.
Innocent children conceived thoughtlessly by people who assume that somebody else will always pick up the bill for their welfare. Poor babies fathered by a bloke who boasts of never wearing a condom.
This is the man (although it hurts me to have to use such a fine term) whose idea of commitment is to move his Xbox (with his mind-numbing games) into a woman's sitting room, and then quickly shift it out when he feels like consuming his breakfast beer elsewhere.
And, bizarrely, there will always be an ' elsewhere' for a bloke like this. The deluded young woman, Danielle Little, who is currently the object of his changeable affections - and, of course, carrying the obligatory baby - says: 'He's had a bad past, but people have to forget about that and give him a second chance.'
A second chance, Danielle? Wouldn't that be a tenth - or 15th chance? Honestly, nothing much surprises me any more, and I do try to understand human frailty. But my response to reading this latest depressing example is not to ask how this man can be such a mean, useless, irresponsible, slimy sponger.
Because the truth is that there are a lot of them about - and, tragically, more than six decades of universal education have done nothing to teach this underclass anything at all about responsibility.
Nor do I even bother any more to inquire why the rest of us should have to pay our hard- earned cash (calculated as a total of £1.5 million, long term) to pay welfare benefits for him, his women and their hapless offspring.
For the sad truth is that it seems such male fecklessness is an ineluctable fact of modern Britain - one which drains the soul of a country as surely as it drains the coffers.
No, my most exasperated question is: how could so many young women be willing to create children with MacDonald' s entirely undesirable genes? How can my own sex be so damn stupid?
Indeed, why aren't we blaming these women just as much, if not more, as this stupid man?
We all know there is an underclass of young men who believe it to be some twisted proof of masculinity to father children all over the place - never mind the consequences.
And it isn't hard to guess what kind of tragically pathetic male role models they had themselves. What really bothers me is why a particular type of young woman seems to regard having illegitimate (not a word encouraged nowadays, but I use it deliberately) babies as a right - not as an inconvenience, let alone a shame.
By doing so, they are undoubtedly saying goodbye to any semblance of a useful, independent life. Feckless men, yes. But it seems we have countless feckless women, too.
The mother of one of Keith MacDonald's children is quoted as saying: 'Men like him should be made to have a vasectomy or be fined or even jailed.'
Well yes, I'd be with her on the vasectomy, even if it's not very practicable. But she ignores the question of her own responsibility. After all, she would object if someone else said she should be sterilised.
I fail to see why women who have reached adulthood should not be forced to acknowledge that they have some responsibility about what they do with their bodies - and with whom.
The early years of the last century witnessed a long struggle for women's equality. Pioneers such as rights campaigner Marie Stopes knew it could never be achieved without women gaining control of their reproductive systems - and family planning was only one aspect of the feminist belief in dignity as well as equality.
By the time I was a student in the late Sixties, young women knew about the Pill, though it was in its early days. I'd had a schoolfriend who became pregnant by her long-term boyfriend and had the baby adopted - a source of great pain both to her and to her family.
Going on the Pill is not something to be taken lightly - which is why, at the end of 1967, I went to the student health centre with the man who was about to become my husband and asked to be prescribed it.
Deeply in love, we took our relationship so seriously we would take no risks. If I'd been asked then to predict the future, I'm sure I'd have looked forward idealistically to a time when all women would think carefully about having sex and having children, and welcome the opportunities given to them as a result of new freedoms.
This would be the brave new world the feminists had fought for - and future generations would reap the benefits. So what went wrong? How could the ideals of independent womanhood be so betrayed?
It's one thing to read last week about a court case in which a conman fleeced 30 gullible, middleclass women out of £500,000 - because they were desperate in love and therefore foolishly believed his lies. But Keith MacDonald's conquests are a different matter.
These girls don't seem to have been looking for love - or else they might have been more picky. For them, it was perfectly acceptable to have unprotected sex on the slightest acquaintance and then consider their lives complete because they had the 'baybee' (to use my colleague Richard Littlejohn's useful term) - the ultimate accessory, as well as a useful meal ticket for benefits and council house preference.
Sadly, I suspect many of these young women lack fathers who might just have instilled in them proper attitudes towards boyfriends, sex and contraception.
And they are probably the offspring of mothers who had babies too young and failed to prevent their daughters from making the same mistake. We will never know the individual intricacies of what is, ultimately, a tragically sordid story. With 11 born and Lord knows how many more to go, neither the female sex nor society will ever be safe from feckless Keith.
Some might argue that the mothers of his poor children have some excuse because they were brought up with no sense of selfrespect.
The reasons for these failings are numerous. We can blame the Welfare State for undermining individual responsibility. We can blame the lack of proper jobs in many parts of the country.
We can blame liberal society that has almost condoned the breakdown of marriage and the family. But one thing is certain: the rest of us are paying the long-term price for this reckless and selfish irresponsibility.
But - please - let nobody paint those women as innocent victims. They are just as bad as the men.
You might be waiting idly at a bus stop, as one girl was when she met Keith - but nobody forces you to board a bus going in the wrong direction.