“How can this be allowed to happen? My girl is trying to get on with her life, but she is back to square one again,” says mother
A child rapist has written to one of his young victims from his prison cell.
Justice chiefs are investigating how Darren Myhill’s letter – filled with lies and hate and including references to places he knows his victim has been in recent weeks – was smuggled out.
Her mother said: “How can this be allowed to happen? My girl is trying to get on with her life, but she is back to square one again.
“She still can’t escape him if he is allowed to write to her like this.”
The teenager was left traumatized and frightened to go out of the house.
Myhill was jailed for a string of child rapes and sex offences which took place over more than two decades.
The 45-year-old, of Throckley, Newcastle, admitted 22 charges of rape, indecency with a child, indecent assault and incitement against child victims.
A court heard he had kept a scrapbook of photos of his victims and a checklist of the acts he had carried out.
He was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years, of which just six would be served in jail with the rest on licence.
But the court of appeal ruled the punishment “unduly lenient” and handed him a sentence of indefinite imprisonment for public protection.
It means he cannot be considered for release for 10 years.
After the ruling, his victim, who cannot be named, told how she hoped she could get on with her life. Then the letter arrived.
“It came totally out of the blue,” said her mother.
“She rang me screaming and crying her eyes out. I was away at the time and so had to come back as fast as I could to be with her.”
In the letter, Myhill claims to love the girl, and also accuses her of lying.
He adds: “I could have killed myself, but that would have been the coward’s way out.”
Then he makes references to places he knows she has been in recent weeks.
The Ministry of Justice said prisoners’ phones and letters are subject to “robust” monitoring to restrict communication with victims.
But a spokesman said prisoners were sometimes able to smuggle out letters.
A full investigation is now under way.
A Prison Service spokesman said: “There are very strict rules governing correspondence and contact between offenders and their victim.”