A judge who offered to pay a teenager's fine for stabbing her paedophile abuser has been found guilty of misconduct.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC refused at Bradford Crown Court to jail a 15-year-old girl for nearly killing her tormentor, 56, by stabbing him near the heart.

He told the girl not to pay the mandatory victim surcharge, adding: "If anyone tries to force you, I will pay it myself."

The court heard the girl stabbed her abuser six years after he walked free from court despite assaulting her when she was eight, reports Daily Mail.

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Prosecutor Heather Gilmore said she had been "destroyed" when her abuser was not jailed, reports The Times.

Giving her a two-year youth rehabilitation order for grievous bodily harm, the judge said: 'It would be a disgrace to send a survivor like you to prison'.

He added: "It is self evident that this offence was caused by, and solely relates to, the impact of the offending upon you when you were eight. I hope to be able to help you."

The judge was investigated by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office which issued him "formal advice", the lowest form of sanction.

In a statement it said: "The lord chancellor and the lord chief justice considered this failed to demonstrate impartiality, and that his comment amounted to misconduct."