Paedophile ‘tore our family apart’

AN elderly woman has told how a compulsive paedophile preyed on her four children through church and wrecked their lives forever.

The woman came forward after reading about the sentencing of William Hugh Phillips, 72, on five counts of indecent treatment with aggravation, earlier this month.

Phillips had pleaded guilty in Bundaberg District Court to the charges, relating to a Bundaberg boy, and was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

The court heard he had two prior child sex convictions — in Brisbane in 1977 and in Rockhampton in 1997.

The woman , who cannot be named to protect the identity of her children, said the repeat offender had been convicted of child sex charges against her three girls in the 1970s — but she only recently discovered he had molested her son too.

“There is absolutely nothing that can describe what hell my family is going through,” she said.

“My eldest son is nearly 50 and he has just told me after all these years.

“That mongrel. He is the worst kind of predator.”

She said Phillips befriended the woman through her church.

After her husband left her with seven children to rear on her own, the paedophile struck while the family was living at Maroochydore.

The woman’s eldest daughter, who also cannot be named, said the children led broken lives.

“(My sisters) are in their 40s and none of them have been able to have relationships properly with men,” she said.

The woman said her children were happy to find out Phillips was back behind bars, but angered he had shattered another family.

“I want him to stay in jail,” she said.

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