Children's charities have attacked the decision of a judge who freed a paedophile and told him to buy his six-year-old victim a new bicycle to "cheer her up".
Eric Cole, who has a previous conviction for sexually assaulting a child, admitted touching the girl as she played in a garden.
Judge Julian Hall gave the 71-year-old a nine-month suspended sentence and ordered him to pay £250 compensation, telling him: "If it buys her a new bicycle, that's the sort of thing that might cheer her up."
Nice. The child molester is out on the streets, and the victim learns to think of her genitals as a source of income.