The ex-wife of a paedophile locked up for sickening abuse has been attacked by “trolls” on social media.
And now she says his case should have been referred to the High Court for a longer sentence.
Aileen Bell says she is horrified after being targeted by vicious comments on Facebook and elsewhere after she spoke out about Peter Felvus, 55, of Newarthill.
Sex beast Felvus preyed on young girls while in a position of trust. He was jailed for 28 months at Hamilton Sheriff Court in December but still denies the offences.
Aileen – married to Felvus for 25 years after meeting him when she was just 15 – hit out at the sentence, saying he should have been given a longer jail term. She said: “I have had all sorts of disgusting abuse on social media since the trial. There have been people who have never even met me calling me a bitch, saying evil, nasty, that kind of thing.”
As we reported, there were dramatic scenes in the tiny Court Five at Hamilton when Felvus returned for sentencing.
She thinks the court confrontation which followed has resulted in the online trolling.
Felvus taunted Aileen from the dock – situated just a few feet away from the public gallery where she sat watching proceedings with their son Philip, 30, and other family and friends – saying: “I hope you’re happy now.”
Aileen responded, asking court officials and police if they had heard the remark. She was then escorted out of both the courtroom and building.
She added: “I think the legal system needs to be looked at. You need longer sentences for guys like him. The sheriff court isn’t the place for an accused who has been abusing young girls.”
Felvus was told he would have received a six-year jail term but for the fact he had already served the equivalent of 20 months following an earlier trial on the same charges. The former Our Lady’s High School bus driver and Keir Hardie Primary football coach was convicted at a second trial in November.
By Craig Nisbet