April 2008

Girl, 9, asks judge to name her jailed paedophile abuser

A paedophile was named after his nine-year-old victim wrote to a judge asking for him to be identified, to protect other youngsters.

The brave girl wrote to Liverpool Crown Court judge Mark Brown to say that rapist Brian Hardaker should be publicly named.

His crimes against the youngster were set to escape any publicity because of a banning order against his name.

Brian Hardaker was told he may remain in prison for the rest of his life

It was implemented after fears that naming him could lead to the identification of the girl, according to reports.

In her letter, she wrote: “I want you to let Brian Hardaker be named for what he did to me.

“At first I was scared that people were going to be nasty to me and not believe me about what I said he had done to me.

“But I now know people do actually believe me and have been kind to me. I asked my mum if he’d hurt anyone else but she said ‘I don’t know’.?

The girl continued: “I want people to know what he’s done and why he’s gone to prison in case he’s hurt anyone else.

“My mum and family and mum’s friends have all believed me and all said I’m brave for talking about it.”

Mr Hardaker, 38, of Netherton, Liverpool was told he should serve a minimum of six-and-a-half years in prison before being considered for parole.

But Judge Brown warned Mr Hardaker the sentence could mean he is never released.

Part of the letter written by the nine-year-old girl asking for Brian Hardaker to be named

He said: “I am keen to stress that in all practical respects this is the same as a life sentence.”

He added: “The sentence here is an indeterminate sentence for public protection, which is in effect imprisonment for life.

The former security guard started abusing the girl when she was seven.

He pleaded guilty to charges of rape and making indecent photographs and videos ? some showing children being raped.

Police arrested him after engineers found scores of sick images while they were fixing his computer.

The little girl’s mother paid tribute to her daughter’s resilience.

She said: “Now it’s like having my little girl, my angel, back again.”