Greater protection for child sex abuse victims after girl described as ‘predatory’

Changes in UK trials for vulnerable witnesses after 13 year old victim of sexual abuse is called “predatory” by a judge…



A handpicked panel of specialist judges will in future be responsible for trying sensitive cases where at least one witness is deemed vulnerable due to their age or circumstances.

The plan, to be announced today by Lord Judge, comes as children’s charities expressed concern about comments made by those involved in the prosecution of the paedophile Neil Wilson.

Wilson, 41, was given an eight-month sentence, suspended for two years, at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London earlier this week.

Robert Colover, prosecuting, had said his young victim was “predatory in all her actions”, and Judge Nigel Peters said he had taken into account the fact that she looked older than she was.

He told Wilson: “On these facts (that were put before the court), the girl was predatory and was egging you on. That is no defence when dealing with children but I am prepared to impose a suspension.”


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