October 2008

‘Tattoo paedophiles’ – mother’s plea

A 36-YEAR-OLD mum from Westbury has called for paedophiles to be tattooed after the man who sexually assaulted her son five years ago broke conditions designed to keep children safe.

In 2003 former Territorial Army soldier Colin May, 55, abused a five-year-old boy, who is now 11, at a house in Westbury.

The young victim’s mother was unaware May, pictured, who has served in Kosovo and Bosnia, had already served a one-year jail sentence for two indecent assaults and committing an act of gross indecency on a 14-year-old girl, when she allowed him to become friendly with her son.

After his further convictions in 2003, May was given a sexual offence prevention order, which restricted his contact with any child under 16 years old.

But on June 9 of this year police went to a house in Highworth,Swindon, and found May staying with a woman and her three children. He was subsequently jailed for 18 months at Swindon Crown Court on September 19.

The Westbury mother, who only found out about the news when her sister read an article last week’s Wiltshire Times, said she is now ready to speak out about her family’s nightmare.

She said: “He wasn’t on the Sex Offenders’ Register because there wasn’t one at the time, so we found out about his previous conviction through detectives, but it wasn’t until we went to court for my son’s case that all the details came out.”

The boy’s mother found out about the abuse when her son told a male friend, who is now her current partner, what had happened to him.

In a statement to police, her partner outlined how the young boy described being abused by May, before saying, We couldn’t tell mummy because it’s a secret’.

May was sentenced to 18 months in prison for committing two counts of gross indecency and one of indecent assault on the five-year-old. Following the case the victim’s mother had a mental breakdown.

“After court my mind went blank for two years. I functioned on a day-to-day basis but I couldn’t tell you what I had done during the day, I just couldn’t remember,” she said.

“Then when he was released we spent two years behind closed curtains. Everything was locked. We didn’t leave windows open.

“It was only this summer that we started opening the windows again.”

Her partner believes Sarah’s Law, a campaign for the Government to allow controlled access to the Sex Offenders’ Register, should be introduced.

The mother added: “The easiest way would be to tattoo paedophiles so people getting involved with them know exactly what they are dealing with.

“They need to be kept away from kids. Childhood is so precious. My little man has lost out on his childhood. He went from a baby to an adult.”