Convicted Paedophile Appears on Phone-in

A man convicted of being part of a paedophile ring admitted yesterday, on live radio, he’d undergo chemical castration.

John O’Flaherty is on bail awaiting sentence, later this month. He was part of a group of adults involved in repeatedly raping two girls in Edinburgh.

And in what was a brave piece of programming by the capital-based all-speech radio, talk107, he took part in a phone-in about sex offending.

He appeared on the programme hosted by programme director, Mike Graham – the Independent Republic of Mike Graham, which broadcasts from 9am to noon. He appeared just after 10am and took part in the debate for an hour – receiving, mostly, unsympathetic calls.

He also apologised to the victims, while claiming he had an illness and deserved treatment, not prison.

One caller suggested he should kill himself; others called for a return of the death sentence.

Said Graham: “A couple of people did say it was terrible to allow a ‘pervert’ appear on radio, but I think most people thought it was right O’Flaherty be allowed to speak as part of airing an important issue.”

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