Woman’s fury as uncle who sexually abused her released from prison after 3 years

A fearful woman has bravely spoken of her hurt and anguish on the day that her abuser, her own uncle, is to be set free from prison.

Leila Ives, 32, from Brough, East Yorkshire, bravely waived her right to anonymity and told Hull Live how Bryan Calam, the man who sexually abused her from the age of 13, will walk free today after serving just half of his prison sentence.

Calam, who was the long-serving chairman of Hessle Golf Club and a former police inspector, was jailed for five years in March 2019 following a harrowing trial.

The predator had sex with Leila “20 to 30 times.” Prosecutors said the risk of Calam getting caught added to his “excitement”, and one incident saw him abuse Leila as she drove on a motorway.

When Leila told Calam to stop the abuse, he “begged for one more time" and said he might have to go to a prostitute.

She has now learned that Calam is to be released today – just halfway through his five year sentence.

Leila believes Calam will be moving to East Yorkshire, which is where he lived before he was sentenced by Recorder Christopher Knox, who said he had used his position to exploit Leila and impose himself onto her.

Leila has previously spoken about an incident before the trial where she bumped into Calam.

She said: “I wasn’t ashamed. I stopped for him to walk away from me. I was a bit worried before that he would come after me but I’m not anymore – he’ll be on licence.

“It would still be a shock if I bumped into him again.”

The jury at Hull Crown Court heard how Calam had known Leila since she was born as he had been married to her aunt, and targeted her for his own sexual pleasure.

Leila said she has attended counselling sessions but says the impacts of Calam’s abuse and the trial still affect her life, and of course her family.

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She said: “I could go to Hessle, where he goes, and I don’t know what car he is driving or what he is wearing and will be looking out for him.

“This is still affecting my life, but I have to come to terms with what happened – that’s not the problem.”

The Ministry of Justice was approached for comment. A spokesman said: “This was an appalling crime and while sentences are determined by independent judges we are ending automatic halfway release for serious sex offenders.

“Those released on licence face strict conditions including non-contact orders, exclusion zones and a return to prison if they breach them.”

Lelia has written a book about her experiences to help other survivors report their abusers.

'It Happened To Me Too' details the events during and after Leila’s abuse as well as her struggles with her mental health and her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis – all of which happened after she reported Calam to police.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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