Judge of­fers to pay teenager’s court fine as he re­fuses to jail her for stab­bing pae­dophile who abused her as a child

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ajudge of­fered to pay a teenage girl’s court fine as he re­fused to jail her for stab­bing the pae­dophile who abused her as a child.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC told the 15-year-old it would be a ‘dis­grace’ to send her to prison, de­spite the fact she had at­tacked the man, 56, in his own home, stab­bing him close to his heart.

And he re­fused to im­pose a manda­tory vic­tim sur­charge on the girl when she ap­peared at Brad­ford Crown Court, af­ter hear­ing that the pae­dophile had de­stroyed her life, adding: “If any­one tries to force you, I will pay it my­self.”

“It would be a dis­grace to send a sur­vivor like you to prison,” Judge Durham Hall added.

The court heard the girl, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, armed her­self with a knife and stabbed her tormentor in the chest, sev­er­ing a ma­jor artery, af­ter she felt let down by the jus­tice sys­tem.

He had sex­u­ally as­saulted her when she was just eight years old, but was spared jail and was in­stead given a com­mu­nity or­der.

Af­ter the trial, the man had ha­rassed and bul­lied the girl, the court heard,leav­ing her to feel like the le­gal sys­tem had let her down.

In Novem­ber last year the girl, who was 14 at the time, armed her­self with a large kitchen knife and went to his home in Brad­ford, West York­shire.

She told him: “I am go­ing to kill you,” and plunged the blade into him in front of his two young chil­dren.

Heather Gil­more, prose­cut­ing, said the weapon en­tered his chest wall and cut through the artery sup­ply­ing blood to the right ven­tri­cle of his heart.

The man, who also can­not be iden­ti­fied, was saved by the swift in­ter­ven­tion of paramedics and sur­geons. He was in in­ten­sive care and needed a blood trans­fu­sion.

Af­ter stab­bing her abuser, the girl hugged her aunt, said: “Tell my mum I love her,” and handed her­self in at Trafal­gar House Po­lice sta­tion, in Brad­ford city cen­tre.

She im­me­di­ately con­fessed to what she had done, telling of­fi­cers: “I’ve killed some­one.” The girl was orig­i­nally charged with at­tempted mur­der but the Crown ac­cepted her plea of guilty to caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent.

Miss Gil­more said the girl had been ‘en­tirely de­stroyed’ when her abuser was not jailed for sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her and in­cit­ing her to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity.

She had to give ev­i­dence at his trial be­cause he de­nied the of­fences, and af­ter the case be­came para­noid he was ‘go­ing to get her.’

The girl was later ex­cluded from school for poor be­hav­iour. She feared she would never get a hus­band and she lived her life in a bad dream, the court heard.

Her abuser had been left in con­stant pain from the stab wound. He was per­ma­nently scarred and his chil­dren had been af­fected.

Elyas Pa­tel, mit­i­gat­ing, said: “Rightly or wrongly, this 15-year-old felt that the jus­tice sys­tem had let her down. With Your Hon­our at the wheel, the jus­tice sys­tem will not fail her to­day.”

He added: “She was left deeply trou­bled and scarred. She acted in a few mo­ments of de­spair and des­per­a­tion.

“This is an ex­cep­tional case which re­quires an ex­cep­tional course.

“This deeply trou­bled and dam­aged child, be­dev­illed by low self es­teem, is cry­ing out for help.”

He told the court that the girl had the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port of her mother who knew her daugh­ter needed on­go­ing sup­port.

Judge Durham Hall sen­tenced the girl to a two year Youth Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Or­der with su­per­vi­sion.

“You stabbed him in the re­gion of his heart,” he told her. “Mer­ci­fully, you did not kill him. He was saved by ex­cel­lent med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion and has made a pretty full re­cov­ery.”

The judge con­tin­ued: “Why did you stab this man? Be­cause when you were eight in 2009 he com­mit­ted se­ri­ous sex­ual of­fences against you.

“He was treated by the courts, with hind­sight, some­what le­niently but things have changed. Now there is condign pun­ish­ment in cases of this na­ture, in ac­cor­dance with the guide­lines.’

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC (pictured) of­fered to pay a teenage girl’s court fine as he re­fused to jail her for stab­bing the pae­dophile who abused her as a child.

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