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A Judge Offered To Pay A Fine For A Girl Who Stabbed The Paedophile Who Abused Her

“If anyone tries to force you, I will pay it myself.”

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A judge offered to pay the court fine of a 15-year-old girl who admitted stabbing a paedophile who abused her as a child.

Bradford crown court.
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Bradford crown court.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC told the teenager that he would not impose the mandatory victim surcharge, but, “If anyone tries to force you, I will pay it myself," the Daily Mirror reported.

The judge made the remarks at the conclusion of a case at Bradford crown court where the girl had admitted stabbing a 56-year-old man in the chest last year.

The man, from Bradford, abused the girl when she was 8, but avoided jail.

In November 2010, at the same court, he was convicted of sexual assault and inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He was handed a community order with two years' supervision, made to sign the sex offenders register, and banned from having any contact with the victim.

Last year, his victim, then aged 14, went to his house and stabbed him in the chest with a kitchen knife, before handing herself in to police.

The man's life was saved after time in intensive care and a blood transfusion, while the teenager was initially charged with attempted murder but a plea of causing grievous bodily harm with intent was later accepted.

“Rightly or wrongly, this 15-year-old felt that the justice system had let her down," her barrister, Elyas Patel, said in court.

“With Your Honour at the wheel, the justice system will not fail her today.”

Sentencing the girl to a two-year youth rehabilitation order with supervision, Judge Hall said it would be a "disgrace to send a survivor like you to prison".

Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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