A woman honoured for services to a children’s charity has been accused by victims of turning a blind eye to her husband’s child abuse.
But last week, her husband was unmasked as a depraved child sex monster who preyed on his victims for 17 years.
Ex-soldier Hugh “Mitch” Mitchell was jailed for 10 years for the serial abuse of youngsters – chiefly in a bedroom-cum-dungeon in their marital home.
His victims are glad justice has finally caught up with him but they are also angry because they believe his wife, while not guilty of actual abuse, was aware of his sick behaviour, reports the Daily Record .
They pointed to the length of time the abuse was carried out, her presence at a doorstep confrontation with one victim’s parent and a paedophile-themed “novel” penned by her husband.
It emerged in court that Gill Mitchell, 59, was aware of the book’s existence for 10 years but hid it at her workplace until just before her husband was due to face trial.