‘I hate him for what he did to my girl. He’s evil’ (17.08.07)


Leicester Mercury, 17th August 2007

Paedophile David Joy was jailed this week. Lee Marlow talks to the mother of one of his victims

It is more than a quarter of a century since David Joy sat on the sofa in Ann’s front room, drinking her coffee, soft soaping her with his easy charm, gaining her trust – while abusing her youngest daughter.
If she closes her eyes, she can still see him there, chatting, laughing – his off-white teeth peeping through the rat’s nest of his greying beard – and dazzling them with his scholarly intelligence.
David Joy was a popular figure in Barrow-upon-Soar in the late 70s.
He was a clever maths teacher fallen on hard times. His wife and three kids had left him. No-one knew why, when or where to, except that it was “a long way away” and he had little or no contact with them.

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