Her son beat up and raped a law student who had been thrown off the last bus home for being 20p short of a £5 fare.
But Sarah Moran showed no more shame or remorse than her child Joseph did as he was jailed indefinitely yesterday for the ‘brutal and horrific’ attack.
She protested outside court in a jumper bearing the 19-year-old thug’s face under the word ‘innocent’ and carrying makeshift signs. She insisted he had been falsely convicted.
He had simply stumbled across the girl in Nottingham city centre at 3.30am one night last December and had gone to her aid, she maintained.
The judge branded her son a ‘pathological liar’ for sticking to the story throughout the case.
In fact, Moran had pounced on the young woman after she was left stranded in the dark.
In a chilling example of Britain at its most heartless, the 23-year-old had not been allowed to stay on the last bus home because she was 20p short of the fare.
Disturbing CCTV footage showed her pleading with the driver for eight minutes, while his passengers simply watched.
The girl had to call her mother to ask her to pick her up and began walking in the direction she would be approaching from.
But, after travelling less than a mile, she was pounced on by Moran, who, drunk and high on cannabis, dragged her into a park and subjected her to a 25-minute attack.
After being found guilty of rape and wounding with intent, Moran was handed an indeterminate sentence for the protection of the public.
Picking his fingers and nonchalantly stretching his arms in the dock, he was told he must serve a minimum of six-and-a-half years before he will be considered for release.
He will be freed only if he is no longer seen as a danger to society.
Judge James Sampson said Moran had carried out a ‘brutal and horrific’ attack and had not shown ‘an ounce of remorse or shame’ for what he had done.
He said his victim was ‘intelligent, hard-working, brave, full of the optimism of youth, and delightful’, adding that she ‘for the want of a small act of kindness was left isolated and vulnerable in the small hours’.
Michael Auty, prosecuting, told the hearing the attack was ‘every parent’s darkest fear’.
However, the court heard the courageous student had returned to her course and had achieved a good grade in her law degree.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin, who was in charge of the investigation, described Moran as a ‘vile predator’.
He said police had been humbled by the victim’s ‘bravery and resilience’.
Despite overwhelming evidence, Moran’s mother yesterday clutched posters saying ‘Miscarriage of justice Lies told in Court’ and ‘Convicted with no evidence Joseph Moran Innocent’.
Until about a year before the attack Moran lived in the rough neighbourhood of Sneinton with his mother.
A neighbour said: ‘With a mum like that, Joseph never stood a chance.’