THE mother of a Broadheath man who was jailed for 10 years for raping a girl under the age of 13 has spoken to Messenger about her decision to report him – and why she would do the same thing again tomorrow.

Liam Wilson, 24, formerly of Hackberry Close, was convicted of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault and sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court on April 28.

The qualified nursery nurse committed the offences between the ages of 18 and 20 while he babysat the victim, who was just 10-years-old when the abuse began.

He was arrested after his mother – who does not wish to be named – took the decision to turn him in.

Wilson’s mother said many of her family members were vehemently against her decision to report her own son to the police, but said she is clear in her belief that she did the right thing.

“I would not have been able to live with myself if I hadn’t reported him,” said Wilson’s mother.

“It might have been months, it might have been years, but he would have done something to somebody else again.”

Wilson has always maintained his innocence and the two are not on speaking terms.

His mother added: “People need to know that just because they’re your child, it doesn’t mean they should be able to get away with these things.

“He was an adult and knew the difference between right and wrong, so he has to live with the consequences of what he’s done.”

Passing sentence, Judge Maurice Greene, said: “You were in a position of trust which you abused, this was persistent and systematic exploitation of this little girl for a two year period.

“You told this little girl it was just a game and she really didn’t know much different about it.”