The Honourable Patrick Thomas QC started his sentencing speech. He looked straight at Robinson and said, “you are the most wicked, evil man I have ever had brought before me.” He went on to tell the court of his findings,“it is not my job here today, but I recommend that there should be a Public Enquiry into the handling of this priest by The Birmingham Diocese and, in particular, the Catholic Church.” He spent, I would say, 10 minutes elaborating on the handling of this case not only by the Church, but also the Police. The failing in 1985 by the Police, when the church got the investigation dropped.
Judge Thomas sentenced Robinson to jail for 21 years and stipulated that he cannot be put forward for parole for 14 years. Having heard this, I was shocked; such a long time. He then told the Prison Staff to take him away. I looked at Robinson for the last time. Yes he hurt me and the other lads, but I felt sorry. I took my share of the guilt for putting an old man in prison for such a long time. But that soon disappeared as the Judge said, “he has never shown any kind of remorse.”
Yes he got what he deserved. 21 years for raping children. 21 years for a lifetime of offences, stretching back over 51 years. His door opened, he went out, the door closed, and that was that.
Judge Thomas thanked the jury for what he described as a truly horrendous case and then I think he relieved them of jury service for life. He turned to G and I and thanked us for being so brave to come forward to face our Demons. He thanked the other victims, who were scared to come to court to hear the conclusion. He thanked the police, the CPS and the Court Staff. Upon this the court arose and the Judge walked out of our lives. But I will never forget that man.
From the moment I first met Patrick Thomas I was put at ease and treated with compassion. But I had just witnessed the other side of a genuine human being, his controlled anger. He had, in fact, turned on Robinson. He left no stone unturned, telling the prisoner of his wicked life, of rape, and betrayal of all he had been ordained to do.