A judge has slammed a family's 'reprehensible' behaviour for taking an £18,000 pay-off from a teacher who sexually abused their four-year-old son instead of notifying police.'Reprehensible'..? Try 'criminal', your honour!
And what did they do with the money? Not that it should matter, but I'm a little curious - pay off a loan shark threatening the family, life-saving surgery?
It'd have to be something pretty vital to make such a desperate bargai...
Paedophile Gerard Raffell, 42, walked free from court despite admitting repeated abuse of the child between 2004 and 2005 until his parents discovered his crimes.Well, Mark, does that blow all the dials on your Home-Owner-Ism Meter, or what..?
Shockingly, instead of reporting him to the police, they demanded £18,000 for a deposit on their new home in return for silence.
But the best is yet to come. And by 'best' I mean 'worst':
Judge Ian Alexander QC said Raffell had effectively already been fined and punished for his crime and the unusual circumstances had made sentencing difficult.Wait, what? Seriously? Where did this judge get his law degree, out of a cornflake packet?
Judge Alexander said: 'This is a very troublesome case. In 2004 and 2005, you behaved disgustingly.All things that the state views as making a crime even more heinous, right?
'You were a close friend and you were a school teacher but you sexually interfered with a young child.'
'This is not a usual case. You were bought off by the child's parents who received £18,000 from you in order not to go to the police.Oh, FFS..!
'That is reprehensible behaviour on their part. But you complied with that position.
'It's made a quandary and I am quite satisfied you need treatment. You need some assistance to prevent the inclination that you have.
'I could not in all conscience be able to send you to prison for a period long enough to receive that treatment, bearing in mind you have already been there six months.'
And just to put the rancid cherry on the top of this particularly unpleasant cake....
Peter Saunders, Chief Executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) said he was 'flabbergasted' by the case.Wait, I'll read that bit again...
He said: 'In my 13 years working for charity I have never heard of such a despicable episode and the parents of that poor child obviously need some sort of help.'
...the parents of that poor child obviously need some sort of help...*speechless*
Update: Excellent post on this here at The Salted Slug's blog...