Daughter of Cheam churchyard rapist Willaim Lambert speaks out
Karen Kennedy said she thought her pervert father was dead – until she learned he was being investigated for child rape.
Mrs Kennedy, 51, the estranged daughter of child rapist William Lambert, has spoken out after her father's conviction last week for raping and assaulting girls in St Dunstan's church yard in Cheam 20 years ago.
Mrs Kennedy, 51, who has bravely waived her right to anonymity as a victim of a sexual offence, said she was informed by her brother more than 10 years ago that their father had died from stomach cancer.
Given their poisoned relationship - he had tried to sexually assault her himself- she barely grieved and tried to move on with her life in a bid to forget the painful memories of a man who disowned her more than 30 years ago.
But last summer the former Worcester Park resident’s brother was contacted by police who told him Lambert was accused of raping four girls at St Dunstan’s churchyard in the 1980s.
Mrs Kennedy said: “My brother told me that not only was my father suddenly alive but that he was a rapist.”
She refused to believe the man they were talking about was her father, despite her own disturbing memories of his attempts to sexually abuse her when she was just 16.
Then she saw the picture of Lambert, now 74, in the Sutton Guardian and straight away recognised the man she describes as a “monster”.
She said: “Just seeing his face on the website brought all these memories flooding back. My gut reaction was that I hoped he was sent to prison and it still is now.
“I know what this man is capable of and suddenly there were all these girls out there whose lives have been ruined by him forever – all I want is for this monster to be off the streets.”
She explained how in the early 1950s, Lambert’s national service ended abruptly after he was caught impersonating an officer at Waterloo station, a tactic he used regularly to chat up women.
In 1956, having found employment as a dustman, he met Mrs Kennedy’s mother in 1956, who was five years younger than him at just 15.