Friday, November 20, 2015

'The justice system has failed us outrageously': British mother's fury after pervert who raped her five-year-old daughter walks free from court

The family of a five-year-old girl raped by a teenager have blasted his sentence as pathetic after he avoided a custodial sentence and left court with just a £15 victim surcharge and two-year rehabilitation order.

Aged 16 at the time, the attacker - who cannot be named for legal reasons - subjected his young victim to a horrific ordeal in December last year.

While playing a computer game, he began kissing the girl before removing her clothes and raping her.

He told her to keep the sickening ordeal a secret but she confessed everything to her mother after being left in severe pain, who then phoned the police.

Since then her family have been 'ripped apart' by what happened, with the victim said to be a 'different girl' to what she was before.

At Leicester Crown Court, her now 17-year-old attacker, from Burbage, was given a two year youth rehabilitation order with a requirement to attend a sex offender programme.

He was told to pay a victim surcharge of £15 and to register himself on the sex offenders register for two and half years.

That sentence the family have slammed as failing their daughter 'so outrageously'.

The young girl's mother told the Hinckley Times: 'This whole thing has ripped our family apart - when I heard the sentence being handed down I felt sick.

'The trauma has been unbearable. My daughter is a different girl now and will have to live with this forever.

'It is unacceptable that Leicester Crown Court, the very place that this young girl was relying on to help get her justice, has failed her so outrageously.

'We say that the sentence must be appropriate and in accordance with the severity of the crime.'

The teenage rapist pleaded guilty to the charge at a hearing in September, admitting that he had carried out the serious sexual assault.

His victim's family expected a far tougher sentence but were left distraught by the outcome.

A campaign has since been launched by the girl's mother to try and raise funds to bring the teenager back to court.

A friend has set up an online petition to try and get the sentence reviewed.

The mother added: 'My daughter has since suffered dreadful emotional distress and has undergone counselling but sadly still suffers and always will.

'The offender is still walking the streets and I believe he is an extreme danger to any child who may come across him.'

Original report here

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