Thursday, 8 November 2012

MUST READ: A 4-year-old girl, raped by teenage babysitter of 14

The young girl, who was raped and parents
Parents of girl, four, raped by babysitter, 14, who was never sent to prison fail in appeal bid to see him jailed

The parents of a four-year-old girl raped by a teenage babysitter who was never sent to jail for his crime are in despair after their appeal against his paltry sentence was blocked.  The unnamed mother and father had demanded a tougher sentence for the 14-year-old who tricked their little girl into being abused when he was meant to be looking after her. During the sickening attack he blindfolded their daughter with a Hello Kitty apron...
and promised her a 'chocolate' but then raped her.

Spared jail: Judge Gareth Hawkesworth
The teenager walked free from Cambridge Crown Court earlier this year and still lives a few doors away from the child he abused. The victim’s parents understood he would receive a three-year custodial sentence – but he was let off with a community order instead after a judge blamed 'the world and society' for his porn addiction. Judge Gareth Hawkesworth sparked outrage by deciding he should not go to prison, instead giving the rapist a three-year community order.

The girl's devastated parents claimed the judge's comments had 'cheapened' their daughter's ordeal and said they would appeal. But the Attorney General has now confirmed the appeal will not be allowed to go ahead because the case was 'difficult to sentence'.  It concluded that the Court of Appeal would not regard the sentence as 'unduly lenient' and the case will not progress further.  The victim's mother - who cannot be named for legal reasons- said they are 'angry' and 'disappointed'.

She said: 'It is coming up the anniversary of the attack we don't wish to drag it all up again. 'Now the decision has been made, we can not appeal, we are now going to move on with our lives. 'It is disappointing, but as ever our priority is our little girl and her happiness - we just have to move on.

'We want to keep her life normal, we don't want to reinforce the memory and we want her to remain as content as she is now. 'We hope it doesn't effect her relationships in later life.' The abuse took place at the girl's Cambridgeshire home in December last year - the first time her parents had let the teenager babysit the girl alone.

They trusted him to watch her for a couple of hours in return for £10 pocket money and said he was a quiet but 'normal kid' who they completely trusted. But when they got home the victim's Dad was getting her ready for bed when she revealed the babysitter had played a game, promising to reward her with chocolates.

She explained how he had covered her eyes with her Hello Kitty apron and 'put his willy in her mouth'. The victim's tearful mum blasted Cambridge Crown Court for letting the attacker walk free - when he lives just a matter of doors from their family home.

Professionals who dealt with the sick teen advised the Attorney General that the best way of addressing his behaviour was by educating him within the community.His progress and whereabouts will continue to be monitored by police for the next two and a half years.

A sex offences prevention order was also made for five years, stating he must not access or seek to access pornography of any kind and must not use any mobile devices or computer without suitable filters to prevent the viewing of pornography.

The offender - who at the time of the case appeared in the dock in his school uniform - was told he had only been spared six-and-a-half years in jail because he was still a minor. The Solicitor General may have concluded against appeal but he did promise that the babysitter's period of supervision will be 'tough' and 'challenging' and will 'force him to address his behaviour'.

A spokesman for the AGO said: 'Following complaints from the victim's family as well as members of the public, the former Solicitor General, Edward Garnier QC MP asked the Crown Prosecution Service to send the case papers to him for review. 'After very careful consideration of all the factors in the case, he decided not to refer it to the Court of Appeal as he did not believe they would increase the sentence.'

By Martin Robinson

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