Devastated mum of violent thug who raped woman after teenage birthday party issues heartfelt Facebook apology
The mum of Ross Wright – who raped Erin O’Neill – has told how she has tortured herself over her son’s horrific attack
Brave victim Erin O’Neill waived her right to anonymity earlier this week to tell of her horrific ordeal at the hands of Ross Wright.
The attack happened after the mum-of-one had celebrated her niece’s 18th birthday.
Wright was at the party and later tagged along with friends to Erin’s home. She went to bed at 3am but woke later to find Wright raping her.
Now, as reported by the Daily Record, Wright’s mother has taken to Facebook to express her deep sorrow and regret for Erin following her son’s attack.
Angela Riddell said: “You carry a baby for nine months and love it with all your heart.
“And hope for all the best things in life for your baby. And when no matter how you love and cherish that tiny baby it all turns out wrong.
“You torture yourself and ask yourself where you went wrong.
“But you can’t answer that question, no matter what – as you did the same with the other three babies you gave birth to.
“Where do you go from here? I really don’t know, absolutely devastated at what’s happened.
“So sorry to everyone involved. I can’t really talk now, I feel I’ve let everyone down.”
At the time of his sickening attack on Erin, depraved Wright, 19, was on early release from prison for another assault.
He had been given 16 months in March 2013 for attacking David Fisher with a bottle in a kebab shop.
He was freed in November last year after serving only half his sentence.
And on May 24 this year, when his sentence was still in force, he raped Erin.
The mum of one then penned a heartfelt letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon calling on her to end the system which sees some violent prisoners freed after serving only half their sentence.
Sturgeon has since vowed to meet Erin as one of her first acts as First Minister to discuss the “extremely important issue”.
But brave Erin was heartbroken when she woke up to her car vandalised with the words “you’re a grass” scrawled on it early on Thursday morning outside her Clydebank home.
Erin hit back at the cowardly vandals who targeted her car after she spoke out against her attacker and the justice system that allowed him free to rape her.
Erin wrote on her Facebook: “Scared to even write this but this is what someone done to my car. I’m devastated and don’t feel safe in my own home. I beg whoever has done this to leave me alone and let me get on with my life after this living nightmare.”
After the story appeared on the Daily Record website, Messages of support flooded in for Erin – with shocked members of the public blasting the sick stunt.
Ariane Murphy wrote: “Oh My God, this is disgusting.Whoever done this should be totally ashamed.
“Chin up doll, you’re so brave reporting it so don’t let any horrible coward bring you down.”
Lorraine Alcorn wrote: “Absolutely disgusting, as if you haven’t been through enough, hope you are OK Erin.”
And Sheena Neill wrote: “Oh my god, that is absolutely disgusting that anyone could do this after everything you’ve been through.
“Hope the police get them soon to give you peace of mind, take care.”
Police are investigating the incident.
Erin revealed police had carried out safety checks on her home and fitted a panic alarm system.
She added: “I’m really moved by the messages of support I’ve had from friends, family and even complete strangers.
“I really appreciate the help of the Record – who have backed me all the way.
“They really are the paper that can move mountains.”