Despite being found guilty, girl’s abuser avoided jail time, which made her feel let down by the justice system.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC has been found guilty of misconduct. The judge heard the case of the teenage girl who stabbed her pedophile abuser and offered to pay her court fine.
The teenager, who was aged 14 at the time, stabbed the man who abused her when she was eight years old, six years after he walked free.
At first the girl was charged with attempted murder, however, prosecutors reduced the charge to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The teenager was sentenced by Judge Hall to a two-year youth rehabilitation order. He also instructed her not to pay the mandatory victim surcharge, saying: “If anyone tries to force you, I will pay it myself.”
These words caused the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office to investigate the judge. They found his behavior to amount to misconduct.
According to The Times, he was given “formal advice”, which is the lowest sanction possible.
The young girls, who had given evidence at her abuser’s trial in 2009, told the court she had felt let down by the justice system.
Testifying to the stabbing:
Despite being found guilty of abuse, the man was only sentenced to a community order, with a supervision requirement. He was 56 at the time of the knife attack.
Speaking to the court, the young girl described how her life had been destroyed by the abuse she suffered as a child at the man’s hands.
The girl admitted she had stabbed the man in in the upper abdomen on his own doorstep and said: “I am going to kill you”. She then went to a local police station and told officers she had killed someone.
He survived the attack, but the blade severed an artery near his heart, injuring him badly.
Judge Hall said, while delivering the girl’s sentence that it would be “callous and cruel” to give her jail time for the attack. He told her: “It is self-evident that this offence was caused by, and solely relates to, the impact of the offending upon you when you were eight. It would be a disgrace to send a survivor like you to prison. I hope to be able to help you.”