A judge offered to pay a teenager's fine after learning she had stabbed the man who had molested her during her childhood.
The 15-year-old girl was 8 when she was sexually abused. Her 56-year-old abuser managed to escape jail time in 2009 after being found found guilty of sexually assaulting the girl when she was a minor.
As punishment, the pedophile was given a community order with supervision rather than a prison sentence, reports the Mirror.
The victim, then 14, felt the justice system had failed. As her abuser walked free from court, he started harassing and bullying her.
In November 2015, the teen paid a visit to the man's home and told him on his doorstep, “I’m going to kill you,” before stabbing him in the chest in front of his family.
Prosecuting attorney Heather Gilmore said the knife cut through the man's chest cavity and sliced the artery that supplied blood from the right ventricle of his heart. The man was saved by paramedics and went on to recover.
After the incident, the girl said to her aunt, “Tell my [mom] I love her,” before turning herself in at a police station in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She told authorities, “I’ve killed someone,” and admitted to the stabbing, describing the man as a pedophile.
The teen was arrested for attempted murder and sentenced to two years of youth rehabilitation for attempt wounding with intent to cause great bodily harm, according to Metro.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall refused to enforce a mandatory victim surcharge.
“It would be a disgrace to send a survivor like you to prison,” he told the girl in court.
The judge said the pedophile destroyed the girl’s life, which provoked him to spare her harsh punishment.
“If anyone tries to force you, I will pay it myself,” he told the girl.
Hall wished the teen good luck and said of the abuser, “He was treated by the courts, with hindsight, somewhat leniently, but things have changed.”