May 2018

‘My little girl still has nightmares’

A teenager sexually assaulted a young girl as she slept.

Callum Hughes, 18, was caught after the upset girl told her parents at breakfast the following day that she “hadn’t slept last night because of what he done.”

Hughes, currently living at an address in Scotland, had denied carrying out the sex attack at an address in Knowsley, but a jury at Liverpool Crown Court found him guilty of one count of penetrative sexual activity with a child

The child’s distraught parents rushed her to Alder Hey Hospital after the incident and doctors discovered internal injuries.

Earlier this week, Hughes was jailed for eight years and ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for life.

Today, the victim’s furious dad said prison was “not enough” for what he had done to his daughter.

The father said: “My little girl still has nightmares about what happened.”

He added: “I can’t change what has done to her, but I can help protect other little children out there.

“No sentence is long enough, and he could be out of prison in just under three years.

“But I understand the judge has guidelines that he has to stick to, and I respect that.

“He’s been remanded in custody since his arrest almost a year and a half ago, so he’s already served 15 months.”

The dad added: “It’s really difficult to get your head round it.

“It’s hard to process that me, my wife and my two sons were all just a short distance from where this was happening, and yet we were all unable to help her.

“It’s something we have to live with for the rest of our lives.”

Hughes, of Jean Armour Drive, Mauchlin, in Scotland, was 17 when he committed the offence.