A British serviceman in Afghanistan is furious that a sex fiend who abused his wife and teenaged stepdaughter as they slept is to be freed early in time for Christmas.
The anonymous hero is powerless to protect his family from pervert Jason Moulding, who had his five-year prison sentence slashed by the Court of Appeal.
Moulding, 32, crept into the serviceman’s house in December 2008 and carried out vile sex assaults on his sleeping wife and 14-year-old stepdaughter.
He was jailed for five years in July 2009 but is due to be released back onto the streets of Swindon, Wilts., after judges decided his prison term was too long.
The serviceman says his family will spend Christmas ‘looking over their shoulders’ while he is thousands of miles away in Helmand Province and unable to protect them.
In a letter to his local newspaper, he wrote: ”Christmas has never been the same since he devastated my family two years ago and now I am spending this Christmas in Afghanistan knowing he is walking free.
”My family are to spend their Christmas looking over their shoulder and are virtually prisoners in their own home not knowing if this individual will strike again.”
The serviceman and his family cannot be named as they have legal anonymity as the victims of a sex crime.
Moulding crept into the family’s home in Stratton, Swindon, shortly before 3am on December 21, 2008.
He sexually assaulted the mother who was alseep on the sofa before sneaking upstairs into the 14-year-old’s bedroom.
Moulding performed a sex act in front of the sleeping child before touching her under the covers.
Nikki Wootton, prosecuting at Swindon Magistrates’ Court in January 2009, said: ”The girl can be described as being in a deep sleep.
”She was able to feel a hand on her mattress, then on her. She started to come out of deep sleep but at that stage she wasn’t fully aware of what was going on.
”She felt someone touching her thigh and moving up towards her breasts.
”She managed to pick up her mobile phone and switched on the light illuminating this man, the defendant, in her room. She was extremely distressed and screamed out.”
Moulding then put his hand over her face and pushed her down onto the pillow.
Her stepfather, who was asleep in the main bedroom, was awoken by her screams and chased Mould out of the house.
Miss Wootton added: ”The stepfather did manage to give chase for a short time but was unsuitably dressed.
”He went back in to get dressed and continue the pursuit. And the mum was already taking steps to phone the police.”
Moulding was traced by DNA at the scene and jailed for five years at Swindon Crown Court in July 2009 after admitting two counts of sexual assault and trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence.
He claimed to have ‘blacked out’ before committing his crimes due to excessive drink, but also told a psychiatrist that a voice in his head told him to attack his victims.
In recognition of the danger he posed, he was also given a five-year ‘extended licence’ period, during which he could be closely monitored and recalled to prison if he put a foot wrong after his release.
But the pervert appealed against his sentence and in July this year three Court of Appeal judges decided his sentence was ”too long” given his lack of previous sexual offences.
Moulding’s custodial term and the extended licence period were cut to four years, meaning he can be released this week after serving half his sentence including time on remand.
The serviceman has now written an open letter to the Swindon Advertiser newspaper to warn residents of the danger that is now stalking their streets.
It reads: ”I am the father of the daughter and the husband of the mother who this pervert assaulted almost two years to the day. I’m unsure if you are aware but he is to be released back into the Swindon community this week after his successful appeal for which the judge believed his original sentence too severe!
”Christmas has never been the same since he devastated my family two years ago and now I am spending this Christmas in Afghanistan knowing he is walking free. My family are to spend their Christmas looking over their shoulder and are virtually prisoners in their own home not knowing if this individual will strike again.
”Despite restrictions being placed on him, I still fear for my family’s safety as he is so unpredictable. I am not telling you what you should print in your paper, but I do believe the public of Swindon has a right too know.”
Both the Ministry of Justice and Prison Service refused to comment on individual cases.
But a Prison Service spokesman said: ”The Criminal Justice Act 2003 provides for the release of all prisoners at the halfway point of their sentence.
”If an offender is given a determinate sentence from the courts they are automatically released at the half way point and then subject to strict supervision in the community for the remainder of their sentence.”