Mum hits out at justice system as Coatbridge paedo who abused her young daughter is released after just nine months
Beast Charles Walker molested the autistic five-year-old and exposed himself to her.
The furious mother of a young girl who was abused by a Coatbridge paedophile has labelled the justice system “a joke” after he was released from jail after serving just nine months.
Vile beast Charles Walker targeted the five-year-old — who has autism — on two occasions, molesting her and exposing himself. During one disturbing incident, the 66-year-old monster abused the girl after she had been helping to feed fish.
Walker — a grandfather and father of five — admitted sexually assaulting the child on two occasions between October 2014 and March 2015 and was jailed for 18 months at the High Court in Edinburgh last October.
However, the twisted pensioner is now back on the streets after being released from prison earlier this month.
The emotional mum of his innocent young victim — now eight — told the Advertiser: “We are absolutely furious that Walker spent such a short time in prison.
“This is far from enough of a punishment for what he did — the justice system is a joke.
“My husband and I were in court when the sentence was handed down and were dumbfounded, angry and shocked when he only got 18 months for causing our little girl such heartache, so you can only imagine how it feels that he’s back out after only serving nine months.”
Walker was sentenced in Edinburgh High Court
The furious mum said she’d been informed Walker won’t be returning to his former home on Mitchell Street, in the Kirkwood area of Coatbridge, but is keen to ensure the pervert is nowhere near her family.
She said: “The police have told us that he won’t be put back there, but we don’t know where he is.
“I have a large family and I don’t want Walker living anywhere near them. We went through a legal process to try and ensure this wouldn’t happen but it didn’t work out the way we wanted it to.
“I wrote to the prison service and they said they could guarantee he won’t be housed near us, but not my extended family.
“I just don’t want any of my family having to see him when they are out and about.”
Coatbridge paedophile jailed for abusing autistic five-year-old girl
Walker’s brave young victim told her mother that Walker had touched her inappropriately and DNA from the sex offender was found on her underwear, with Walker later owning up to his appalling actions.
But the traumatised youngster is still having nightmares about the experience, with her mum adding: “My daughter’s night terrors are still happening and we’re going to speak with a GP to see what can be done to help her.
“She has autism and remembering her experiences leads to her having meltdowns and my husband and I have to sit with her for a while and talk to help calm her down.
“She has no awareness whatsoever that Walker is out of prison and we intend to keep it that way.
Responding to the family’s concerns over Walker’s release, a police spokesman said: “Protecting the public is a top priority for Police Scotland. Multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA), provide a comprehensive response to a complex issue, using professional assessment and management to properly target resources at those who pose a risk to the public.
“Police Scotland works to ensure that all registered sex offenders are robustly managed within the community.
“While we can never eliminate risk entirely, we want to reassure communities that all reasonable steps are being taken to protect them.
“The purpose of MAPPA is to actively manage the risk posed by offenders who have come through the judicial and criminal justice system and by virtue of their sentence are required to comply with the notification requirements placed on them by the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
“A number of measures can be put in place to manage offenders and these are monitored by dedicated police officers and partner organisations.
“Keeping people safe is our main priority in all cases.”