Judge Durham Hall QC was disciplined because of misconduct at the trial
Judge Durham Hall QC was disciplined because of misconduct at the trial

Judge offers to pay fine for victim who stabbed paedo abuser

A JUDGE who offered to pay a teenager's court fine after she stabbed her paedo abuser has been disciplined.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC had refused to jail the 15-year-old girl last year after she admitted knifing her attacker, 56, six years after he walked free from court.

Delivering his remarks during the case in 2015, he said it would be a "disgrace to send a survivor like you to prison".

The Times reports that instead he handed her a rehabilitation order and told her not to pay the mandatory victim surcharge, saying: "If anyone tries to force you, I will pay it myself."

However, following the case he was investigated by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office who said he was guilty of misconduct.

She carried out the attack on her abuser's doorstep in 2015 - six years after he walked away from court for assaulting her as a child.

Paedo Zabhullah Boota was stabbed in the chest by his victim in November 2015
Paedo Zabhullah Boota was stabbed in the chest by his victim in November 2015

Boota was handed a community order at Bradford Crown Court in November 2010 after he was convicted of sexual assault and inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

However, Boota - then 51 and reportedly with an educational age of ten - was not jailed.

The teenaged victim felt let down by the justice system after he walked free from court, it was said.

The girl - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - took a kitchen knife and went round to Boota's home in Bradford, West Yorks, in November 2015.

She told him: "I am going to kill you," before stabbing him in front of his two young children.

Boota - whose artery supplying blood away from his heart had been cut - was saved by paramedics and surgeons.

He was treated in intensive care and needed a blood transfusion.

After stabbing her abuser, the girl hugged her aunt and said: "Tell my mum I love her," and handed herself in at Trafalgar House Police station, in Bradford city centre.

She said: "I've killed someone," and immediately confessed to what she had done.

The teenager was originally charged with attempted murder but the Crown accepted her plea of guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The court heard how the girl had been "entirely destroyed" when Boota was not jailed for sexually assaulting her and inciting her to engage in sexual activity.

He was given a community order after she had to give evidence at his trial because he denied the offences.

Afterwards, she was paranoid he was "going to get her."

The girl was later excluded from school for poor behaviour. She feared she would never get a husband and she lived her life in a bad dream, the court heard.

Boota was left in constant pain from the wound, permanently scarred and his children had been affected, the court heard.

Elyas Patel, the girl's barrister, said: "Rightly or wrongly, this 15-year-old felt that the justice system had let her down.

"With Your Honour at the wheel, the justice system will not fail her today."

Mr Patel went on: "She was left deeply troubled and scarred. She acted in a few moments of despair and desperation.

"This is an exceptional case which requires an exceptional course. This deeply troubled and damaged child, bedevilled by low self-esteem, is crying out for help."

Judge Durham Hall sentenced the girl to a two year Youth Rehabilitation Order with supervision.

He told her: "You stabbed him in the region of his heart. Mercifully, you did not kill him.

"He was saved by excellent medical intervention and has made a pretty full recovery."

The judge continued: "Why did you stab this man? Because when you were eight in 2009 he committed serious sexual offences against you.

"He was treated by the courts, with hindsight, somewhat leniently but things have changed. Now there is condign punishment in cases of this nature, in accordance with the guidelines."

In 2010, Boota was sentenced to a community order with two years' supervision and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register.

He was made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which includes a condition banning him from having any contact with the young victim.

Recorder Nolan considered imposing a residence order requiring him to live somewhere other than his home because his victim still lived in the neighbourhood.

But - despite the judge's beliefs that Boota was being evicted from his home in Bradford anyway - six years on, he was still living in the same house.

At the time, recorder Nolan said: "I'm satisfied the assault was over a short period of time and I am satisfied it was a relatively minor sexual assault but any assault of a child is bound to be serious and this court must take this offence seriously as well.

"Were you of full intelligence and physically fit, I would be considering a period of imprisonment, but undoubtedly this offence is mitigated by the fact you have very severe learning difficulties and a number of physical disabilities."

Speaking after the 2010 court hearing the girl's mother - who cannot be named to protect her child's identity - said: "How could that happen?

"A child gets attacked and the judge gives him a community order. He's a paedophile, where is the justice in that?"

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