Paedo who abused autistic girl in Coatbridge removed from home with police guard
Around 150 concerned people in Allanton gathered outside Charles Walker’s home on Friday to protest.
A PAEDOPHILE who sexually assaulted a five-year-old autistic girl has been removed from his home under police guard to protect him from angry villagers.
Around 150 concerned people living in Allanton in North Lanarkshire gathered outside the home of child sex offender Charles Walker on Friday night, May 3, in an effort to have him removed and placed elsewhere
Walker, 68, was convicted in October 2016 at the High Court in Edinburgh for sexual offences against the girl which took place in Coatbridge.
He was sentenced to 18 months in prison but the girl’s family were outraged when he served only half that time in jail.
One villager in Allanton, near Shotts, told the Record that police arrived in numbers and blocked off roads before Walker was taken out under a police guard and driven away to safety.
“Villagers are angry and puzzled as to the logic of placing a beast in such a tight, strong community”, he said. “Many are sick as they were friendly to him.
“He was placed in Wilson Road, a street with many kids and a nearby school. It is a very small village with an incredibly strong community and this would never be tolerated.”
The depraved pensioner – a father-of-five a grandfather – was jailed after he targeted the little girl on two separate occasions in the Kirkwood area of Coatbridge, when she was aged 5 and 6 years old.
He originally faced a number of charges but he entered a guilty plea to one offence which was accepted by the Crown.
On one occasion she was attacked while helping him to feed fish.
Walker’s DNA was discovered on the child’s underwear after she told her parents what he had done.
The girl’s mum said she was “absolutely furious” and labelled the justice system “a joke” after Walker was released after serving just nine months of the sentence.
Police Scotland confirmed that they had responded to a report of “a disturbance” at Wilson Road in Allanton.
A spokeswoman for the force added: “A man was taken from the property for his own safety. No one was arrested and the appropriate advice was given.”