Mar 27 2013
The Free Library with thanks to Paul Mckenna
DEE WASHINGTON’S LITTLE GIRL WAS ABUSED BY TWO PAEDOPHILES FOR FIVE YEARS. DEE GUNNED THEM DOWN. THIS IS HER ASTONISHING STORY.
DEE Washington raised the 12-bore shotgun to her shoulder and fired. Both barrels. She aimed between her target’s legs, and there was a reason for that.
As Victor Copperman crawled in agony across the floor with two shots in his groin, the 41-year-old mother calmly re-loaded the gun and fired a third shot into the back of his head. Then she turned the gun on Copperman’s assistant, Anthea Trevelyan, and emptied it into her chest.
Surely an appalling double killing, by any standards. But there was a great deal more to it than that.
Until that awful day in November 1987, Dee Washington had never shot anything other than clay pigeons. Now, lying at her feet in pools of blood, were the bodies of the man and woman who had systematically abused her daughter Joanna for five years.
And to this day Dee believes that what she dispensed that bloody afternoon was justice. Justice from the barrel of a gun, but justice nevertheless.
She says: “If the law was as it should be and paedophiles were detained for life, I wouldn’t have taken those two lives.
“Yet despite all the pain and suffering over the last 10 years I can still put my hand on my heart and say, I’m glad they are dead and I am not sorry.
“I am only sorry that it had to come to that stage. Why did it have to come to the point where I did what I did?
“If they were still alive I am almost certain I would feel worse than I do today. It eats me up knowing what they did to Jo, but it would eat me up more knowing that they would probably have served their time in prison by now and would be out doing it again.”