Tot’s rapist spared jail

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By John Kelly

A PER­VERT who raped a tod­dler and left the vic­tim psy­cho­log­i­cally scarred has walked free from court.

John Ma­son, 51, sex­u­ally abused the boy dur­ing the early Eight­ies and the crime was re­ported in 2015.

He ad­mit­ted a se­ri­ous in­de­cent as­sault which to­day would carry a life sen­tence. Those charged for his­tor­i­cal of­fences can only be pun­ished un­der the law of the time, and the max­i­mum then was just three months.

Judge De­nis Wat­son QC said i t would be “a ridicu­lously short sen­tence” and opted for a com­mu­nity or­der. Ma­son, of Banff, Aberdeen­shire, must also reg­is­ter as a sex crim­i­nal.

The pros­e­cu­tion told Liver­pool Crown Court the vic­tim “suf­fered night­mares and bed-wet­ting”.

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