A PERVERT has been locked up indefinitely after grabbing a young boy in the street and subjecting him to a horrific daylight sex attack.
Peterlee man John Andrew Malcolm, 25, will not be released until health officials are satisfied he is not a danger to children.
The family of the youngster say they have had a “horrendous” time since the attack and are glad Malcolm is now off the streets.
But they have urged East Durham parents to keep a close eye on their children.
Durham Crown Court was told the young victim was making his way home on his bike in Peterlee when he was approached by Malcolm.
Prosecutors said the child tried to avoid Malcolm, but he took hold of the youngster’s bike before carrying him to a wooded area nearby. The boy was then sexually assaulted and Malcolm tried to rape the youngster.
But, a passer-by shouted for help, and Malcolm then fled the scene.
The youngster made it home and told relatives what had happened.
Psychiatrist reports were ordered during Malcolm’s court hearing, and after admitting sexual assault and attempted rape, he was sentenced to a hospital order under section 37 of the Mental Health Act and a restriction order under Section 41 of the act.
Malcolm, of no fixed abode, must also sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and will not be released until a mental health tribunal concludes he is no longer a danger to children.
After the case, the grandmother of the boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said: “We are just happy that he is off the streets.
“We have breathed a sigh of relief that he is not going to get out.
“We have always told my grandson we are here if he wants to talk about it.
“I think he is just relieved it’s over with
“There’s been so much stress, it’s been unbelievable.”
The woman urged parents to be more vigilant, saying: “It was still light when this happened, and it happened in seconds.
“I know you can’t watch kids 24/7, who can stop a bairn from playing on his bike?
“But I want to warn other parents to be more vigilant.”