9:36 am, Tue 25 Jun 2013
The sister of jailed teacher Jeremy Forrest has told Daybreak that his family would stand by him if he chose to marry the 15-year-old he was charged with abducting.
Carrie Hanspaul said: “If they’ve managed to survive all of this and if he stays in there [prison] all that time – she’ll be 21, he’ll be 35, there are age gaps like that.
“That then would become a normal relationship and we would obviously support them if that’s what they choose to do.”
7:14 am, Tue 25 Jun 2013
Jeremy Forrest's sister has told Daybreak that her family are "trying not to judge" her brother or his actions.
Carrie Hanspaul, sister of Jeremy Forrest
Forrest was sentenced last week to five and half years for five charges of sexual activity with a child and one count of child abduction.
Speaking about her brother's time in prison, Carrie Hanspaul said: "He's been doing brilliantly, he's done a lot of work with a lot of other prisoners".
6:08 am, Tue 25 Jun 2013
The sister of jailed teacher Jeremy Forrest has told Daybreak that paedophile is the "wrong word" to use for her brother.
Forrest was jailed for five and half years last week on five charges of sexual activity with a child and one count of child abduction.
Carrie Hanspaul said: "She was 15, she's not 11. Underage, but the general definition of a paedophile is somebody who is interested in pre-pubescent girls generally under the age of 11.
"I think it's wrong that that's what he's been branded," she added.
Ms Hanspaul said both families had "been through enough pain" and that when the press referred to her brother as a paedophile it made "an already difficult situation worse".