Woman killed herself after her stepfather was cleared of repeatedly raping her over seven years

Church organist Nigel Parkin was found not guilty of eight rape charges and two of indecent assault in 2012

Katie Forster
Friday 28 October 2016 13:18 BST
Juliet Crew's sister set up a fundraising page at gofundme.com/c72p698c to raise money for a memorial bench
Juliet Crew's sister set up a fundraising page at gofundme.com/c72p698c to raise money for a memorial bench (Go Fund Me)

A woman whose stepfather was cleared of sexually abusing her as a child killed herself three years after he was acquitted.

Architecture student Juliet Crew from Taunton in Somerset was 22 when she died, a Coroner's Court heard today.

Her mother Judith Parkin told the inquest Ms Crew “never recovered from [the] feeling of injustice” following her stepfather Nigel Parkin’s trial, reported Somerset Live.

A jury found Mr Parkin, 60, not guilty of eight rape charges and two of indecent assault in 2012 after nearly 12 hours of deliberation.

The church organist had been accused of repeatedly raping Ms Crew over seven years from the age of nine and allegedly indecently assaulting another girl on two occasions.

But he denied the charges and was cleared after he said both victims were suffering from poor mental health.

Taunton Crown Court, where organist Nigel Parkin was acquitted in 2012
Taunton Crown Court, where organist Nigel Parkin was acquitted in 2012 (Google Street View)

Neither of the girls had told anyone about the alleged abuse at the time, according to The Guardian, and police were only alerted when Ms Wade confided in her headteacher at Queen’s College School while studying for her A-levels.

Ms Parkin told the inquest her daughter had hanged herself in August 2015 following several overdose attempts.

She is said to have left a note which read: “There is no justice. It only confirmed that I cannot trust people. I do not want to live in a world where there is no justice.”

Ms Crew’s sister set up a fundraising page after her death to raise money for a memorial bench to be placed overlooking the sports fields at her former school.

“Juliet enjoyed playing sport and indeed had a tremendous talent for it,” she wrote.

“It therefore seems fitting that her many friends can spend a moment in one of her favourite places remembering a bright, talented young woman who touched the lives of so many with her kindness and creativity.”

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