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pounds 9,000 for girl abducted by paedophile.

A SCHOOLGIRL who was assaulted by a paedophile as a toddler has been awarded pounds 9,000 damages, it was reported yesterday.

The girl was three years old when Craig Sweeney, 26, abducted her from her Cardiff home before subjecting her to a sexual assault in January 2006.

She was then driven away down the M4 in an ordeal that only ended when the car crashed.

The mother of the girl, now who is now six, yesterday dismissed the compensation award as "lousy".

She said: "There's been no justice for our baby and for us.

"From the minute she was abducted everything has gone wrong. The police let us down, the court let us down - now this. Our daughter's ordeal was worth a lousy pounds 9,000."

The woman said her daughter was "not a normal six-year-old", and that she did not sleep properly, but spent her nights whimpering.

She told The Sun that the girl locked herself in her room for two hours after school each day, banging a teddy bear against the wall.

A Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) spokesman would not confirm the amount of compensation yesterday.

Convicted paedophile Sweeney was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2006 after admitting kidnapping and sexually assaulting the girl. The judge said he would spend a minimum of five years and 108 days in prison.
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