Capill - the inside view
Notorious paedophile Graham Capill is up for parole. The prisoner I spoke to - at length - about his time in the same unit as Capill paints him out to be a grotesque and utterly unlikeable character:
The Parole Board has described a proposal paedophile Graham Capill be freed early from prison so he can be assessed for a sex offenders' programme as "novel".
Capill, a former head of the Christian Heritage political party and a former police prosecutor, is serving a nine-year jail sentence for the sexual violation of three young girls, aged between five and 11.
The Parole Board today released its report on Capill's first application for parole since he admitted his offending and was jailed in 2005.
The board said he had been an "exemplary" prisoner but it would not release him until he had attended a child sex offender programme.
Exemplary? I was told of what they said he would do as he interacted with his children on his visits. Not worth repeating for the sake of good taste. I hope it wasn't as bad as what they made out.
As for his character, Capill was always right and everyone else was wrong. I was told that he was smarmy, looked down upon everyone (and this wasn't an exclusively sex offender unit either - it was for different categories of lower security older men) and generally, he thought he was God. The impression was that this guy is an awful human being, totally unremorseful, totally unable to respect others. I hope he has his parole declined till well after he's been through every damn programme they can possibly think of.
Capill's conduct in prison had been "exemplary" and he had excellent support, the board's report said.
"There have been no misconducts. Amongst the papers we have you are described as being polite and compliant and you have obviously spent your time well in prison."
Capill had support from some people whose names were withheld.
His wife is understood to be standing by him despite his convictions.
Where do we start? That it is "support," especially amongst religious sects, that provide the space of trust available to perpetrate sex crimes against children in the first place... that being polite and compliant is ample evidence of the type of smarmy manipulation that allowed him to perpetrate his sex crimes against children in the first place... That while she might not have been a silent partner to the offending her role is still questionable in the minds of many... Where do we start?