Vic­tims’ courage saw jus­tice done

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

THE vic­tims of pae­dophile David Barsby had to live with their or­deal for 30 years.

The case against him un­folded when one of his vic­tims de­cided to come for­ward and re­veal her or­deal to po­lice.

Many fac­tors can trig­ger a vic­tim of peo­ple like Barsby to sud­denly de­cide to come for­ward.

The crimes are al­ways dif­fi­cult to in­ves­ti­gate but it is vi­tal that in­di­vid­u­als like Barsby are brought to jus­tice.

Cases like this can give other vic­tims the courage to come for­ward.

Barsby’s eight-year sen­tence can­not be com­pared to the life­time of pain he caused his vic­tims.

Noth­ing can give them back their child­hood or atone for the af­ter af­fects of years of abuse.

But the long arm of the law, reach­ing out from the past, and mak­ing sure Barsby will pay a price for his crimes should serve as a de­ter­rent to other pae­dophiles – they can never es­cape re­spon­si­bil­ity for their sick crimes.

We hope other vic­tims can read this story and come for­ward to en­sure jus­tice is done.

Po­lice de­serve credit for a dif­fi­cult in­ves­ti­ga­tion but, above all, the courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion of Barsby’s vic­tims de­serves huge praise.

Their courage has seen a pae­dophile brought to jus­tice and has shown oth­ers who have suf­fered at the hands of mon­sters like him, that it is never too late to en­sure that jus­tice is done.

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