The mother of Maurice McCullough’s victim has spoken in harrowing detail of the moment she discovered her daughter was being abused.
McCullough, 75, was jailed for 10 years on Monday after admitting grooming and sexually abusing a St Helens schoolgirl from the age of 12.
I had to accompany my daughter to hospital for examination, not an experience that anyone should ever have to go through, never mind a 13-year-oldVictim’s mother
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “The visit from the police to tell us our daughter had been groomed and abused was like a bullet, it shattered our lives.
“This kind of things happens to other families, not ours. My daughter had not shown any outward signs of being upset or distressed, so the news was completely unexpected.
“That evening our emotions went from shock to anger and then to absolute devastation. Why did this happen? What did we miss? Are we to blame?”
She added: “I had to accompany my daughter to hospital for examination, not an experience that anyone should ever have to go through, never mind a 13-year-old.
“I heard things that will never be erased from my memory. He had taken away her innocence, her childhood, gone forever. I wake up with a pain in my heart and it stays there until I go to sleep.
“To the outside world everything is normal but beneath the facade, we’re a family in pieces, trying to keep it together.”