April 2018

A woman who was sexually abused by her father as a young girl has spoken of her relief at finally seeing him brought to justice, and said: “He’s a scumbag, I hate him.”

Kira Bielby, 19, was “repeatedly” abused by her driving instructor father, Reece Young, when she was aged between six and nine.

But she twice had to give evidence against the 49-year-old after he denied any wrongdoing.

A jury was unable to reach verdicts on her allegations last year, although he was jailed for six years after being convicted of other sex offences.

Young has now had another eight years added to that sentence after he was convicted of three offences against his daughter on Monday after a retrial at Hull Crown Court.

Miss Bielby has bravely waived her right to anonymity to speak of her ordeal, and encourage other victims of sexual abuse to come forward.

She described hearing the guilty verdicts as “a weight off my shoulders” and a “massive relief”, and said of other victims: “I would say don’t be afraid of anything, of people not believing you. You always have to come out, no matter what it is; there is always someone out there who will believe you. It doesn’t matter who did it, you can’t be afraid to speak out.”

Miss Bielby did not feel able to report the abuse until she was 14, and described her five-year wait for justice as “awful”, although she courageously declined to give evidence behind screens so she could face her father in court.

She said: “I used to be scared of him and I wanted to prove to him I’m not scared any more and he didn’t have any authority over me any more. It’s not something I’m ashamed of any more. I lived with it knowing it was wrong for four years but didn’t get the courage to tell anyone.”

Miss Bielby said she wanted her father to be named and shamed for what he had done to both victims. “I’m glad it’s getting out because people need to know and need to recognise him,” she said.

Despite his background as a paedophile, Young had no intention of keeping a low profile, and as well as running his own driving school, unsuccessfully stood as a Yorkshire First candidate for the Bransholme East ward in the 2015 Hull City Council elections.

The court heard the father-of-four would lure his youngest daughter into the bathroom on the “pre-text” of giving her a bath or shower, and would then abuse her

She was so traumatised she suffered nightmares and sleep-walked for years afterwards. She would even put a chair up against her bedroom door so her father could not get in.

It also affected her education. She is continuing to have the counselling she began at school and receives ongoing support from the Blue Door charity and Victim Support.

Recorder Tahir Khan QC found she had suffered “severe psychological harm” and placed the two sexual assaults Young was convicted of in the Category One A bracket of the sentencing guidelines.

He told him: “In my judgement, these two offences represent a course of gravely serious sexual offending against your young daughter.”

Young, of Alliance Avenue, west Hull, was also convicted of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was found not guilty of a further three offences against his daughter.

He must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and was made subject to a restraining order and a sexual harm prevention order indefinitely.