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Paedophile walks free from court

PUBLISHED: 17:59 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:42 11 August 2010

A paedophile who preyed on two young girls has walked free from court. Sean Russell, 37, sexually assaulted the youngsters between 1982 and 1989. The first attack was when he was just twelve years old. One of his victims, now 28, branded the 11-month sus

A paedophile who preyed on two young girls has walked free from court.

Sean Russell, 37, sexually assaulted the youngsters between 1982 and 1989. The first attack was when he was just twelve years old.

One of his victims, now 28, branded the 11-month suspended sentence a 'joke' outside Snaresbrook Crown Court.

"The judge is supposed to be protecting children but because he's got his hands tied by the law he's had to put him back on the streets."

Judge William Kennedy said Russell would not benefit from rehabilitation programmes for sex offenders if he was jailed.

His victim, screamed "paedophile w**ker, you're a scumbag" at Russell as she left court.

She added: "He's not actually being punished for what he's done, he's being rehabilitated.

"But, if you can't admit you have got a problem, how can you be rehabilitated?"

The trial heard how Russell abused the two girls, now aged 32 and 28, in Dagenham.

His first victim was just four or five when Russell, aged only 11 or 12, targeted her in 1982. The abuse ceased in September 1984.

Two years later, when Russell was 15 or 16, he preyed on his second victim, aged five or six at the time. She suffered repeated sex abuse until she was aged nine.

Russell, of Aragon Drive, Hainault, denied seven counts of indecent assault.

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