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Ministry takes steps in rapist parole error case

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

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A RAPE victim has demanded answers after an error meant her vicious attacker could be freed just months after being refused parole.

The 43-year-old South Derbyshire woman complained to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) after being told rapist Keith Williams (pictured) would have a second.

The Mail understands Williams’ parole hearing must be repeated because a victim impact statement was not handed to his defence team before the hearing in November.

Williams, a former landlord of The Bear, in Swadlincote, was refused parole 14 years after he was found guilty of five counts of rape and indecent assault against a child.

Now, the woman, who suffered mercilessly at his hands, has demanded an explanation and to know what steps have been taken to ensure the error is not repeated.

In a letter written to Public Protection Casework Section of the MoJ – which the Mail has seen – she said: “The way this matter has been dealt with, from the initial serious error to this point, has been nothing short of appalling.

“The wording of the letter that informed me of the error is astounding given the gravity of this issue, it’s likely impact on me and my family, and clearly demonstrates how little these departments understand victims.

“Since receipt of this letter I have been continually re-traumatised.”

In the letter, the woman also said she wanted the department to know how the error had impacted her.

She said: “I have been completely re traumatised and now do not believe the system works in the interests of victims at all.

“I feel constantly sick and for the first few weeks after getting the brief letter detailing the mistake made I was vomiting regularly.

“So when you all say you understand ‘how distressed’ I must be, do you? Do you really?”

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said it had reviewed the case and trained staff on how to handle these cases correctly.

He added: “We deeply regret the error made in this case and the impact it has had on the victim and her family.

“We are committed to giving victims of crime a louder voice in the criminal justice system and this type of administrative error is extremely rare.”

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