A judge has offered to pay a teenage girl’s court fine after hearing she had stabbed a paedophile who abused her as a child.
The teenager, 14, who was just eight years old when she was sexually assaulted, attacked the man at his home in Bradford last year – six years after he was allowed to walk free from court for assaulting her.
After hearing the girl’s story, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, who was in charge of the trial, refused to send her to jail, The Mirror reports.
He also refused to impose a mandatory victim surcharge and even offered to pay it himself if she was forced to pay it.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall represents the BEST of the Justice System. https://t.co/VhW4du1hds
— Julia Charnley (@JuliaCharnley) April 19, 2016
He told the court: “If anyone tries to force you, I will pay it myself. It would be a disgrace to send a survivor like you to prison.”
The girl’s abuser, who was aged 56 at the time of the attack, had been found guilty – but despite his conviction, he was let go with just a community order and a supervision requirement.
Paranoid that he was ‘going to get her’, she showed up at his home six years later. It was clear she had been ‘entirely destroyed’ by the incident that left her scarred at eight years old.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC taking a long overdue common sense approach to justice. Well played, your honour
— Harry (@FactDeJour) April 20, 2016
— Beejay (@Beejayville) April 20, 2016
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, you have restored a little faith in a system that has too often failed the abused. https://t.co/CzbItLsOQB
— Paul Sullivan (@SullyDevil) April 19, 2016
After stabbing her abuser, she hugged her aunt, said: “Tell my mum I love her,” and handed herself into a police station, The Mirror reports.
The teenager was originally charged with attempted murder but the Crown accepted her plea of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
What this judge did was amazing. It’s nice to think that there are still some great people in the justice system.