A victim support charity has hit out at the early release of a convicted East Kilbride paedophile.
Depraved Leslie Hill served only two years and eight months of a four- year sentence.
Hill (51) was caged in October 2010 for sickening sex attacks on two young girls over several years at a house in The Murray. He was freed as a result of the heavily-criticised automatic release system.
The system was this week condemned by the founder of East Kilbride charity, the Sexual Assault Victims Initiative (SAVI), Annemarie Campbell.
Her daughter Nicole (23), who bravely gave up her right to anonymity, was raped by East Kilbride paedophile William Potter, when she was just 14-years-old.
She and her mum now counsel young sexual assault victims through SAVI.
Annemarie said: “For particularly young victims early release can severely increase a sense of injustice and result in major setbacks in their recovery. It can have the effect of making victims feel the fear they felt at the time. Sentencing in this type of crime is generally viewed as being too lenient.”
Last week it was revealed that the sentence of disgraced veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall is to be reviewed after a string of complaints that it was too lenient. Disgusted victims slammed the 15-month jail term Hall was handed after admitting 14 historical sex assaults on girls as young as nine.
The 83-year-old is likely to be free in seven-and-a-half months after he serves half the sentence.
Annmarie added: “This high profile case saw around one month given for each victim and the judge describing the crimes as being relatively minor. No instance of abuse or sexual assault of a child is minor and sentencing needs to reflect this. Early release of such offenders still has to be addressed with particular emphasis on the repercussions of such releases on victims and their recovery.”
A spokesman for Victim Support Scotland said the Scottish Government must act now to stop early release.
He said: “People find it very difficult to understand why if someone is given a specific sentence they do not serve that sentence. We know it is something which the Scottish Government is looking at and we hope the issue will be addressed.”
While Hill, who is the brother of comedian Craig Hill, was in prison the News had his sinister social networking site shut down after it was discovered to contain disturbing images of a model skeleton in suggestive poses with children.
A friend of the family of one of Hill’s victims contacted the News to say they were “angry” that he was out and feared he would return to the town.
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