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Rape victim backs plans for whole-life jail terms

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 05, 2014

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A WOMAN who suffered mercilessly at the hands of a vicious rapist has supported proposals to impose jail terms of more than 100 years.

Under the plans, which Prime Minister David Cameron has also backed, murderers and other serious offenders would face whole-life tariffs which means they would never be released.

The 42-year-old South Derbyshire woman, who was a victim of Swadlincote paedophile Keith Williams, has previously petitioned for stricter terms for the most serious offenders.

In 1999, Williams was found guilty on five charges of rape and two of indecent assaults against the woman when she was a child.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the Mail: “There are some people who are so dangerous that they should never be allowed out.

“What happened to me will be with me until they day I die.

“Even now I’m back at the psychiatrist which is something I have had to deal with since the day he went to prison.”

A total of 49 criminals currently serve on these tariffs in England and Wales, including 47-year-old Mark Bridger, who was convicted in May of murdering April Jones.

The Ministry of Justice proposed the US-style sentencing proposal in response to the European Court of Human Rights which ruled whole-life terms with no hope of release breached the prisoner’s human rights.

But the South Derbyshire woman hit back and said the ruling failed to take into account the lifelong impact some crimes have on the victim.

She said: “The European Court of Human Rights should stay out of our affairs. It doesn’t take into account the rights of the victim.

“Whole-life terms would empower the victim and at as a big deterrent as well.

“What I experienced was a life-changing thing. Every time I walk out the door I’m looking over my shoulder.

“There isn’t one aspect of my life it hasn’t had an impact on.”

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