May 2018

Scout master jailed for raping child

A Christian woman who was raped as a child asked a judge to show mercy on her attacker.

Scout master Gregory Hayes admitted carrying out two attacks when he was a teenager.

He has now been jailed for five years after Judge James O’Mahony praised the victim for writing a “moving and gracious letter”.

Hayes, 33, of Ram Lane, Hothfield, broke down and wept in the dock at Canterbury Crown Court as he heard about his victim’s kind forgiveness.

In a victim impact statement, she said that despite his actions she wished her attacker “not to be sent to prison”.

John Fitzgerald, defending, said Hayes, who now weighs 30 stone, had shown “genuine sorrow”.

The court heard that when he was finally confronted by the accusations, he told officers he must have done them because his victim “is a Christian and wouldn’t lie”.

Judge O’Mahony told him: “This is a very difficult sentence for the rape of a child under 13 years.

“But you pleaded guilty and I have read a moving and gracious letter which does your victim a great deal of credit.”

He added that the victim had made a complaint in 2015 and there had been “an inexplicable and unacceptable delay” in bringing the case to court for which Hayes was not to blame.