A SOUTH Derbyshire mother who was raped as a child has said she is ‘mortified’ to learn her rapist’s parole date has been delayed.
The 42-year-old was subjected to a ‘campaign of sexual tyranny’ at the hands of Keith John Williams, who raped her in pubs in Hartshorne and Church Gresley between December 1979 and December 1985 when she was aged between eight and 14.
Williams, who later became landlord of The Bear in Swadlincote, received life sentences on five charges of rape and indecent assault against a child in 1999.
In March, the Mail exclusively revealed that Williams was being held in open prison conditions and would stand before a parole board hearing this summer after serving just 14 years.
Now, the Mail can reveal his parole hearing date has been postponed and will now ‘take place around the beginning of September’.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claims it is not the first time the hearing date has been delayed.
She said: “I’m sick of them dragging it out for the best part of the year. I was told it would be summer, then June, then July, then August and now it’s September.
“Is this any way to treat people who have been through what I have been through? I’m just mortified.”
Before coming to a decision on whether or not Williams is eligible for release, the parole board will consider reports on Williams from probation, prison and medical staff.
The board will also consider the woman’s personal impact statement, which was submitted in February, she says.
“How long does it take? There has been no explanation, I have just been told,” she said.
“I understand why some bits have been delayed, but it has been five months. The summer holidays have been ruined.
“I want to know what my future is going to hold. My life since the age of eight has been in someone else’s hands.”
A spokesman from the Parole Board told the Mail that it could not comment on individual cases but it ‘takes its responsibility to protect the public very seriously’.
The spokesman said: “When considering a prisoner’s suitability for release, the board is mindful of the concern and anxiety which victims and their families are likely to feel about the possible release of an offender.
“The Parole Board has had to deal with a sharp increase in its caseload over recent years but has worked hard to reduce the delays in hearing cases which arose as a result.”