‘I trusted him’ – mum’s anger as daughter’s abuser jailed

PUBLISHED: 13:30 26 October 2015

Nicholas Timmins.

Nicholas Timmins.

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A MUM has been left ‘completely broken’ after finding out her friend had been sexually assaulting her young daughter when she found text messages he sent telling her to meet him ‘in mummy’s bed’.

The Weston-super-Mare woman – who cannot be named to protect the identity of her daughter – was friends with Nicholas Timmins when she was forced to live every parent’s worst nightmare.

The mum found inappropriate messages 35-year-old Timmins had sent and, when she spoke to her daughter, she discovered he had been sexually assaulting her for months.

She said: “It happened when I was at work. She had an iPod and he used to send her messages; he would tell her to meet him in my bedroom.”

Timmins would delete the texts, but was found out when they linked up not only to the girl’s iPod but another iPad in the house – and the mother of his victim stumbled across them.

She said: “It took me a few times reading them to click that he was sending them to her, because it said something like ‘go and wait in mummy’s bed’.

“I was in complete shock. Because he was a care worker, all the checks were done on him. There was nothing to suggest he would have done anything, that’s quite a scary thing.

“I trusted him completely, I trusted him with my children and it completely broke me.”

Timmins, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault of a female child aged under 13 and one count of inciting a female child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison at Bristol Crown Court on October 2.

His victim’s mother said: “The sentence was never going to be long enough. But I was pleased it was a prison sentence and it wasn’t suspended.

“It was a relief because he was still in Weston, I would go out and I would still see him, driving around, going into shops.

“I was scared every time I went out because I didn’t know if I was going to see him. I got anxiety and depression.”

Her ‘brave’ daughter is receiving counselling and the mother said: “Her behaviour was odd when he was around, she was a bit of a nightmare. She was angry and one minute she would like him and the next minute she wouldn’t.

“She’s not too bad at the moment, but she’s going to be going through counselling, we both are.

“She’s dealt with it really well and she was really brave through the entire thing. She would have had to make a statement for court, but she was prepared to do it.”

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