North East UK news Woman paid her dad's sex abuse accuser almost £10,000 for her silence MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Tracey Hull, of Sunderland, attempted to pervert the course of justice by paying a woman who had made allegations against her dad
Breaking News ! A woman paid a sex abuse complainant who made allegations against her dad almost £10,000 to drop the case. Tracey Hull visited the woman who made the claims and told her she had a relative in Spain who was able to pay her a "not insignificant amount of money" for her silence, a court heard. Newcastle Crown Court heard the woman ended up accepting the offer and was paid £9,800 before telling police she did not want to pursue the allegations - which were never proven. Now Hull, 54, of Leechmere Road, Sunderland, has been given a suspended prison sentence after she admitted doing acts intended to pervert the course of justice. The court heard the woman had first made the claims of abuse when she was 16 but it didn't lead to any criminal proceedings at that stage. Towards the end of 2014, she was approached by Hull, who at that stage seemed supportive and said someone else had made allegations against her dad and that it was likely the police would contact her about what she had alleged. The police did contact the woman and she provided a statement. Sentencing Hull, Judge Robert Adams said her initial supportive attitude changed. The judge said: "During the investigation you then paid a further visit to (the woman). The Crown don't know whether your motive was fear for your father or the family name but what they can say is what you then did. "Your purpose was to persuade her to withdraw her complaint. "A few weeks after the first visit, in late 2014, early 2015, you visited her again. You told her you had a relative in Spain who could pay her a not insignificant amount of money. "You knew she was moving and needed money and that it could provide a better future for her and her children.
. The woman then informed the authorities she did not want to go ahead with the prosecution and said she no longer felt strong enough to support the case. She was then paid a further £6,000. Judge Adams said: "£9,800 in total was handed over and paid for the silence of (the woman)." The judge said he was sceptical about Hull's claim she did it because she was frightened of her violent then-partner. Judge Adams added: "It's put forward (the woman) was happy with the money and that she was not forced or frightened and that she was short of money and therefore willingly accepted the money. "It was for the benefit of your father, you were not the subject of proceedings. "Your father is 73 and unwell, which is why he is not being proceeded with by the prosecution."
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The judge said he also took into account the fact Hull has had the case hanging over her head for five years and said the Covid-19 pandemic also had a bearing on his decision not to send her to prison immediately. She was sentenced to 16 months suspended for 18 months with 180 hours unpaid work The court heard Hull, who has some historic convictions but nothing relevant, has post traumatic stress disorder as a result of her abusive relationship and has suffered nightmares, flashbacks and insomnia. Judge Adams said Hull was "not thinking straight at the time" due to her abusive relationship. She has been studying floristry and working in that field two days a week and has another job to start later this month. The judge said it was not clear whether the allegations against Hull's father were true but that she acted out of "love and loyalty" to him. But he added: "This was was a serious offence, I know you now recognise that."
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