THE mum of a girl who went through “hell” after being subjected to four years of sickening sex crimes has hit out at the justice system.
David Gillan was jailed for two years at the beginning of the week, and put on the Sex Offenders’ register for a decade.
The 49-year-old had pleaded guilty to 15 charges of sexual activity in the presence of a child at Durham Crown Court, as reported in the Mail.
He was also made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order so his “issues” could be addressed.
The angry mum, who can not be named for legal reasons, said: “I think it’s disgusting that he can get just two years while my daughter has to live with what has happened.
“My daughter doesn’t get as much help as he does, there are none of these programmes and things that he will be doing in prison.
“We just have to get on with things knowing that he will be out in just months.
“What’s wrong with the justice system? It’s more for the prisoners than the victims. They have more rights than we do.”
The mum told the Mail that her daughter had “gone off the rails” because of Gillan’s actions.
But now that the case is over, she hopes that the youngster can get her life back on track.
She said: “When I heard what had happened I was appalled, I was absolutely sick.
“My daughter had changed, she wasn’t herself and was getting into trouble.
“She’s getting better now, and hopefully she can have a normal life.”
And she had a message for Gillan, of Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery, on his release.
She added: “He could be released in a matter of months but I can’t ever see him coming back to the area. People just don’t want that sort of person around.
“They want to protect their children and would not welcome him anywhere near their homes.”
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The Victim Supportline can be contacted on 0845 3030900.