The mother of a four-year-old rape victim today said she had put her faith entirely in Philip O’Brien and was both shocked and sickened when she discovered what the 19-year-old had done.
In an exclusive interview she said: “He had been left in charge of my daughter as her babysitter for the evening and there was absolutely nothing to suggest that anything wrong would happen.
“My daughter waited until she was back home with me and her dad before she told us what he had done and we were utterly revolted. We felt sick.
“I wanted to go and kill him but we had to see justice through the proper way.
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“The attack took place on the Saturday, I went to the police on the Sunday and by the early hours of May bank holiday Monday morning last year he had been arrested.
It’s a waste, but if his family thinks we should have turned a blind eye to what happened, by choosing to ignore or disbelieving what our daughter said, then they are sadly wrong
“It is more than a year since this happened and it has been hanging over us all for that time.
“It was only when he appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on May 12 this year that he confessed to what he had done.
“Many of his family appear to be in denial.
“They won’t accept what he did even though he has now pleaded guilty.
“He has ruined what looked like being a promising career.
“He is a brainy lad who was doing his A-levels at Winstanley College and training to be a forensic scientist.
“It’s a waste, but if his family thinks we should have turned a blind eye to what happened, by choosing to ignore or disbelieving what our daughter said, then they are sadly wrong.
“You cannot ignore an allegation of rape by a four-year-old.
“And his guilty plea vindicates us.”
The mother said that she was relieved that it appeared her daughter had not been damaged long-term by the assault.
She said she expected O’Brien, of Broomfield Terrace, Ince, to receive up to 10 years for his crime, but declared herself satisfied with yesterday’s sentence.
Asked if she felt in anyway sorry for O’Brien, she said: “At first I did because it appeared to be a one-off crime.
“But after sitting through that hearing at Liverpool Crown Court and discovering about those sick abuse videos he was watching, any vestiges of sympathy drained away.
“I am just relieved that it is all now over and feel that my daughter and I have finally had justice.”