Mum’s fury as sex at­tacker avoids jail

Macclesfield Express - - ELECTIONS 2015 - STU­ART GREER

THE mother of a sex as­sault vic­tim has spo­ken of her fury af­ter her at­tacker was spared jail.

Christo­pher Chu, 43, of West­mor­land Close, Up­ton Pri­ory, groomed and sex­u­ally as­saulted the child.

At Ch­ester Crown Court he was given a given a three-year com­mu­nity or­der af­ter ad­mit­ting five charges of sex­ual as­sault of a fe­male un­der the age of 13.

Recorder John Gibson said while Chu’s ac­tions had “a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect on the vic­tim and her fam­ily” the sen­tence re­flected his need for help to pre­vent him be­ing a dan­ger to the public in the fu­ture.

But the vic­tim’s mother has slammed the sen­tence as be­ing too le­nient.

She said: “There was no jus­tice for my daugh­ter.

“The sen­tence handed down to Chu makes a mock­ery out of our fam­ily’s trauma and heart­break and we feel let down by the po­lice and the jus­tice sys­tem.

“Chu pleaded guilty to th­ese crimes and yet he has walked free.

“My daugh­ter will never be free.

“She will carry the pain of what she has en­dured with her al­ways.”

The court heard that fa­ther-of-one Chu, who ran a fish and chip shop on West­mor­land Close in Up­ton Pri­ory, ‘groomed and pur­sued’ his vic­tim.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Chu touched the vic­tim’s leg and told her he loved her.

Chu also com­mit­ted sex acts in her pres­ence, the court heard.

He later be­came jeal­ous when she spoke to boys and ha­rassed her by text, the court heard.

Pros­e­cu­tor Oliver King said po­lice were called when the vic­tim’s mother found text mes­sages from Chu.

Barry White, de­fend­ing, said Chu was ashamed of his ac­tions.

As well as the com­mu­nity or­der Chu was given a Sex­ual Of­fences Pre­ven­tion Or­der ban­ning him from con­tact with chil­dren for 10 years.

He must sign the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for five years.

The vic­tim’s mother added: “The abuse my daugh­ter has suf­fered has had a pro­found ef­fect on her.

“Chu has robbed her of her in­no­cence. She wants to bury the mem­o­ries and make it go away.

“She has lost trust with all but her close fam­ily.

“It’s a mother’s worst night­mare.”

●● Christo­pher Chu ad­mit­ted five charges of sex­ual as­sault against a child un­der 13

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