THE DAD of the young girl abused by paedo dental student Christopher Daniel has accused his lawyer of victim blaming after he showed a video of the girl in court.
Solicitor advocate Simon Whyte used the clip as part of Daniel’s defence as he was found guilty of touching her private parts over her clothes when she was aged between six and eight.
It showed the youngster playing with her grandfather on his birthday, along with other young relatives.
Her dad was questioned about the footage during a three-day trial at Dumbarton Sheriff Court.
And now the father has slammed the “disrespectful” move, saying it was an attempt to “blame the victim”.
He told STV: : “He seemed to be suggesting she was clumsy, climbing over people and not aware of doing it – presumably in order to support the position taken by Christopher Daniel that if there had been any touching it was innocent and not deliberate or sexual.
“Obviously that was the difference. This video was completely innocent – there was no touching of private parts.
“I totally understand that he’s trying to get his client off, he’s got to try something.
“I was not angry – I just found it to be in extremely poor taste.”
A spokesman for Beltrami & Co, the solicitors for the accused, said: “It would be not be appropriate to effectively rerun the trial in the media, nor to comment on speculation by particular witnesses regarding particular questions or the reasons for them. To do so would increase the risk of identification of the child.
“However, the criticisms by the prosecution witnesses are unfounded. These witnesses were not present in court to hear any evidence other than their own. As such, they had only a partial view of the whole evidence in the case. Certain points that had initially been introduced in cross-examination were developed later in the trial. All of the evidence led, and all of the questions asked were legitimate and necessary to present a full picture of our client’s defence to the court, and to highlight material discrepancies in the prosecution case.”
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“This case was conducted with care and professionalism throughout. All defence productions were lodged with the Court and copied to the prosecution in advance of the trial. No objection was taken by the Crown at any point to any question by the defence. That is a matter of record.”
We told how the girl’s sickened mum slammed Sheriff Gerard Sinclair after Daniel was granted an absolute discharge despite being found guilty of sexual assault.
The family believe Daniel’s middle-class background, his educational attainment and career prospects helped convince the judge to impose a lenient disposal.
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And a report made public in the days after showed that the decision was taken to protect his career as a dentist and because he was acting out of “inappropriate curiosity”.
In his written ruling, Sheriff Sinclair said the perv was “immature and socially awkward” and unlikely to re-offend.
Author Irvine Welsh and singer KT Tunstall slammed the decision to let him go unpunished.
And both led calls for government intervention and for Daniel to be punished.
A petition was also launched calling for a review into the sheriff’s decision.