A MOTHER has spoken about her anguish after her young son was sexually abused by a 12-year-old friend living nearby.
The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her son, said the six-year-old is suffering nightmares and often wakes up screaming 'Get the monster away from me'.
She claimed the justice system had let her and her child down by allowing the molester to escape a custodial sentence.
The Crewe boy, now 13, appeared in Chester Crown Court last week after admitting indecent assault. He was placed under a three-year supervision order and on the Sex Offenders' Register for two-and-a-half years.
Judge Elgan Edwards ruled it would not be in the boy's 'best interest' or in 'society's best interest' to give him a custodial sentence.
The mother said: 'I am devastated. I cannot believe this boy is now walking round the same town where I and my child live.
'Our lives have been wrecked by what he did. My son used to be a happy-go-lucky little boy. Now he is a frightened and confused child who wakes up terrified and sobbing in the night.
'He cries 'Don't let the monsters get me mummy' and gets into my bed. Where was the justice for him?'
She says her son's teachers are aware of what he has been through and are supporting him.
She added: 'When the story of a 13 and 15-year-old from Crewe being up in court for indecently assaulting my child and another of the same age first broke, everyone was talking about it.
'Neighbours knew who we were which made me feel too embarrassed to walk to school with my son because of the stigma attached to such an offence.
'I was shocked when I heard a woman say 'Where was the mother when all this was going on?' as she read the paper.
'I felt like getting up and saying I adore my child and was completely unaware of the risk. No one would suspect a lad of 12, as he was at the time of the offence, being capable of anything so bad.
'He was out playing on his bike like any other lad of his age. Who would have thought two young lads would have such evil in their minds?
'The police were great and very supportive but I feel betrayed by the British justice system. I don't think anyone who is responsible for inflicting such misery on a young child should be allowed to walk the streets of Crewe, leaving us to live in fear of seeing him. It is all so wrong.'