Victims meet paedo abuser unawares

HOW could it happen again?This is face of evil George Fair, the 71-year-old paedophile freed to return to Ipswich and confront his terrified victims – none of whom had been warned of his release.

HOW could it happen again?

This is face of evil George Fair, the 71-year-old paedophile freed to return to Ipswich and confront his terrified victims – none of whom had been warned of his release.

Today we reveal the ongoing terror of two sisters now aged 16 and 21, who were both abused by Fair from the age of 11.

For the first time the girls and their mother – all of whom received years of counselling following the abuse – speak out about how Fair ruined their lives.


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Fair is currently living at a bail hostel just a mile from the Suffolk College where the youngest victim, unable to return to school following the abuse, is trying to get her life back on track.

The victims' devastated mother, who has already got Fair banned from bingo halls around the town, is determined to get him barred from libraries and swimming pools where Fair is a regular.

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The eldest sister, who suffered four years of abuse, still suffers from a debilitating illness brought on by stress.

All three of them have been allowed to bump into Fair just days after he was released from jail, unexpectedly bringing the nightmare back.

Now the victim's mother is determined her family's suffering should stop.

She said: "I just want him out of Ipswich. When I saw him it brought the whole nightmare back. He has ruined our lives and to see him walking around with no remorse is terrible.

"He was sentenced to four years and he was released after two. I couldn't believe the length of the sentence. It seems so wrong.

"Justice seems all about protecting the wrong doers and nothing about the victims. Even in court, when he was pleading guilty to a long list of sexual offences I could hardly believe, they called him "sir". It makes me so angry."

Common to all paedophiles, Fair tricked his way into the girls' lives by posing as a family friend.

Their mother said: "At the time I was a single parent and I couldn't afford a lot of things for the girls. George paid for treats and visits and even a school holiday in Egypt.

"I remember my mum saying what a kind man he was. He was introduced to us as a friend of the girls' stepmother. I had absolutely no idea what he was doing. As a mother my job is to protect my children.

"You can't imagine what it was like to hear he had abused my eldest daughter and then to discover he had abused both of them."

The worrying case comes just months after a separate case when the Evening Star revealed another teenager's torment after her rapist left jail to move a few streets from her sister's home.

Fair was arrested after the eldest daughter, then aged 19, was persuaded by her stepsister to speak out.

She halted the abuse at the age of 14 by threatening to report Fair.

But little did she know that when she stopped Fair abusing her, the 65-year-old would turn his sick attention on her sister, then aged 11.

She was horrified when five years later, her sister admitted the four years of sexual abuse she had been subjected to.

When their father rang Fair to confront him, he admitted everything.

Now the younger sister's life is back on track after years of counselling and an entire year taken off school.

But when she bumped into Fair her life collapsed again.

She said: "I couldn't believe it when I bumped into him walking around Ipswich with a smirk on his face.

"I started to shake when I saw him and felt sick. No one warned me he had been let out. I though the probation's job was to tell me."

She said: "What he did with me was worse than what he did to my sister. Maybe by then he thought he could get away with it. He was old but he was very strong he threatened me if I ever told people what he was doing. I was terrified."

Fair introduced his youngest victim to alcohol at the age of 11 hoping it would help him get his evil way.

She said: "The abuse happened once a week over a four-year period. I used to keep a diary of it but then I burnt it. After it was over I couldn't bear to be in my bedroom. I had to move the furniture and redecorate it.

"I can never forget what Fair did to me but I am determined that he is not going to ruin my life. If I went to pieces that would mean that he had won. "I don't care how many people know what he did to me. It's my turn now to ruin his life just like he has ruined ours."

Fair, formerly of Pembroke Close, Ipswich was convicted in November 2000 was convicted of ten counts of indecent assault on girls under 16. He was released from Norwich jail on November 17.

Earlier this year the police and the probation service unveiled a multi-agency public protection agency (MAPP) to safeguard victims' interests.

Despite its boast to "ensure provision for victims to pass on their concerns", neither victim nor their mother was contacted by the probation service to warn them of Fair's release.

The case echoes that of 18-year-old rape victim Lisa Askew who had to phone the probation service to demand details of her rapist's release from jail.

Lisa Askew said: "It think it's terrible that they didn't contact me to let me know when he was coming out. They have a duty to let victims know what is going on."

While not able to comment on individual cases, the Tim Sykes chairman of MAPP (Multi Agency Public Protection Agency) said: "It is our job to keep victims up to date with every stage of the legal process from when the are up for parole to actual release dates.

"If this hasn't happened then I am very concerned and I urge the victims to contact us with their complaint so we can launch a full enquiry."

He said a sex offender such as Fair would have been assessed prior to his release on his likelihood of re-offending as well as his risk to the public.

It was possible Fair would be monitored by once a week and may have been ordered to live at a hostel where he would be on a curfew.

But for his victims the authorities' assurances were not enough.

The mother said: "We will never be able to forget this. Every time something happens on the news like the Soham murders it comes flooding back. The police couldn't even tell us where he is living. The probation services didn't warn us of his release. This is not justice."

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