Mum of sex abuse victim speaks out against his Sunderland attacker

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A MUM has spoken of her anger towards the man who abused her son.

Aiden Barry was jailed for four years despite denying carrying out a sick sex attack on the schoolboy.

But the 29-year-old was found guilty of sexual assault with penetration on a male aged under 13 after a three-day trial at Newcastle Crown Court in May.

Now the victim’s mum has spoken out about her son’s ordeal.

The mum said: “He has problems now and he was never like that before.

“He will still come out with stuff that he hasn’t told the police.

“Looking back, he was trying to get my attention all the time.”

The youngster eventually confided in his grandmother. She contacted the police who then arrested Barry.

The boy now needs counselling sessions and is often too upset to go to school.

The mum-of-two was too distressed to watch video evidence her son gave against his abuser.

“It was horrible. I did not go in the courtroom myself. I had to sit in the witness room,” she added.

“When I heard the verdict I was jumping all over.

“My friend said she could see my smile down the phone. The police were brilliant and kept me up to date with everything.”

And she says she will never be able to forgive his attacker.

“I hate him,” she said. “I hope I get a telephone call saying he has killed himself.”

Barry, of Canon Cockin Street, Hendon, was found not guilty of a second count of the same offence.

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