A UK Judge has not only failed to jail a 15 year old girl, saying it would be disgraceful to do so, who stabbed a 56 year old man and said he would also pay her ‘victim surcharge’ if imposed.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC was dealing with the case involving the girl visiting the man’s home where she stabbed him in front of his own children.
Why did the Judge take that course of action?
The girl had been assaulted by the man, a paedophile, when she was eight and following the trial when the man received a community sentence she had felt let down by the justice system.
‘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.
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, the Daily Mail reported.
The girl 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.
“(The man) 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,” the Judge said.