81? SO WHAT! HE SHOULD BE BEHIND BARS
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10:40 - 10 June 2006
Why on earth isn't paedophile Geoffrey Micklefield behind bars today?
This man abused a child over a period of almost five years. He took advantage of the trust placed in him by a family who offered him work and friendship, who gave him meals and support when he was in trouble or when he was ill.
And he repaid them by seeking to gratify his own sickening sexual desires with their little boy.
In doing so he harmed that boy for life. For that child went on to suffer a nervous breakdown and mental health problems.
The abuse he suffered haunted him, as it so often does with children who have been treated in this way.
Despite this Micklefield has been allowed to walk from court a free man. Yes, he has been given a community punishment and put on probation, but that amounts to little more than a mild rebuke.
Micklefield robbed that child of his innocence. He took advantage of him as only a scheming, cynical adult could do. And he left him permanently damaged. Micklefield has got away disgracefully lightly while the boy, who is now in his late teens, has been given a sentence that may endure for his entire life.
This punishment certainly does not fit the crime. It doesn't come close to matching it. Once again the rights of the criminal have been placed before those of the victim.
A verdict like this shames us all for it is totally inadequate. Worse than that, it may well deter other people who have suffered abuse at the hands of perverts like Micklefield from coming forward.
We should never be fooled by people who sexually abuse children. They are cunning, deceitful and manipulative. We should look at their crimes, not their ages, and deal with them accordingly.
Whoever stole the Sun, put it back and we'll drop all the charges!