September 2019

Pervert spared prison sentence

The mothers of two girls sexually assaulted in Aberdeen have said “there is no justice” after their attacker was spared jail.

Jaimon Mathew was previously found guilty of molesting five youngsters, and appeared at the city’s sheriff court yesterday for sentence.

He fondled, squeezed and touched his victims – who were all in their mid-teens – over their clothing at various occasions between June 2018 and March.

The 50-year-old was placed on the sex offenders register for 18 months and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work. He was also put on an 18-month supervision order.

But parents reacted angrily to the sentence Sheriff Ian Wallace imposed – especially after the court heard Mathew was maintaining his innocence.

On the steps of the court, one mother – who cannot be named for legal reasons – said: “He’s guilty of sexually assaulting five kids and they let him off to go and do community service in public.

“I wanted to see some sort of jail sentence so he had time to think over his actions.

“He is still saying he is innocent and he is a victim. But what about those five girls that have had to go through all this?”

The mother of his youngest victim said she feared that, without a custodial sentence, Mathew would never change his behaviour.

“He does not see what he has done is wrong,” she claimed.

She said her young daughter still bursts into tears when she remembers the ordeal.

The court heard yesterday that despite being found guilty of five sexual assaults, Mathew, of Rowan Road, Aberdeen, had continued to argue his innocence with social workers and described himself as “a victim”.

Sheriff Wallace told him: “I do not accept any of your explanation for your actions.

“You are simply not telling the truth.”