AN ABERYSTWYTH paedophile caught for a second time trying to arrange sex with an underage girl has been jailed today for three years and four months.
David John Williams, aged 54, was caught in a sting operation run by a member of the public.
Williams, of Corporation Street, admitted attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence and breaching a sexual harm prevention order imposed for earlier offending.
Robin Rouch, prosecuting, said Williams had been jailed for 21 months in September, 2015, for arranging to meet an underage girl for sex. She turned out to be a police officer.
In October, 2016, shortly after his release from prison, Williams joined an internet chat room and made contact with “Louise,” who in fact was James Agius from St Helens near Manchester.
Mr Agius had posted a photograph of a young looking female friend in the hope of catching paedophiles.
Mr Rouch said “Louse” told Williams she was aged 14 “but that did not deter him.”
Williams went on to send “Louise” a photograph of his penis and to tell her he wanted to take her virginity.
“Louise” agreed to meet Williams at Aberystwyth railway station on October 29. At that point Mr Agius contacted the police who went to Williams’ home as he was preparing to leave for the meeting.
Officers examined his mobile telephone but could find nothing incriminating. They asked him if he had any other devices capable of accessing the internet and Williams replied, “No.”
But a second mobile was found during a search and that contained all the messages he had exchanged with “Louise.”
Williams’ barrister, Dyfed Thomas, said he wanted to take advantage of any courses that might help him change his attitude towards under aged girls.
Judge Geraint Walters said Williams was a man who was “addicted” to young girls and who “lived and breathed every day” the thought of having sex with them.
“As soon as you came out of prison you went back to doing the same thing,” added the judge.
“It is a blight these days that grown men take to the internet to have sex with children, sometimes under the noses of their parents.
“The courts have to protect those children, not just from people like you but also from themselves.”
Judge Walters said he accepted that Williams could not have carried out the sex acts he had wanted to because “Louise” had not existed.
But the next time he tried it the girl could turn out to be real.
Judge Walters said he was satisfied that Williams posed a significant danger to young girls. He extended the licence period by three years meaning that Williams could be recalled to prison after his release anytime until August, 2021.
Judge Walters also issued a fresh sexual harm prevention order to run indefinitely.
New Quay RNLI crew members pass out as ILB helms
NEW QUAY RNLI crew members Huw Williams and Dylan Price recently passed out as inshore lifeboat helms.
They were put through their paces by an RNLI Assessor on Monday (Aug 13) with a written exam ashore and a practical assessment afloat on the D class inshore lifeboat.
Roger Couch, Lifeboat Operation Manager of New Quay RNLI said: “As well as responding to emergencies our volunteer crew members spend a lot of time training in order to maintain their knowledge and skills.
“Both crew members have worked very hard over the past 12 months to complete all the training units needed and have now passed the final stage.
“Our lifeboats are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round and having seven qualified helms for our inshore lifeboat provides us with additional flexibility.”
Huw Williams added:“Dylan and I would like to thank all the crew here at New Quay lifeboat station for their help over the last 12 months. We could not have done it without their support.”
Schools succeed in A-Level results
A-LEVEL examination results published yesterday(16 August) by the WJEC indicate that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools.
Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Learning Services said: “Our sincere congratulations are extended to Ceredigion sixth form students who, once again have excelled in their A Levels. Thank you to all school staff, Governors and parents who have supported our young people to fulfil their potential.
“Their successes are a testament to our pupils’ efforts and hard work, in addition to the quality of education provided by teachers in Ceredigion. We are proud of the well-deserved achievements of our young people and wish them well in the future.”
Nearly 27% of Ceredigion entries achieved A* – A grades and 77% of entries achieved A*- C grades. A pass rate of 98% was achieved by Ceredigion students.
|Grade A* – A||26.8%||26.3%|
|Grade A* – B||56.7%||n/a|
|Grade A* – C||77.1%||n/a|
|Grade A* – E||97.8%||97.4%|
Compared with last year, 6% more of Ceredigion entries achieved A*-A grades. The number of entries that have achieved A*-A, and A*-E in Ceredigion is higher than the Welsh average.
Man assaulted nurses while being restrained
A PRE-SENTENCE report will be prepared on a Ceredigion man who assaulted two nurses and destroyed an extractor fan.
Lewis Hill, aged 24, of Brynhoffnant, appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Aug 14) to plead guilty to the three charges.
Prosecuting, Mr Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the Court: “At 11pm in the evening on January 30, the defendant was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital threatening to jump off. Police and medical personnel attended and were able to talk him down.
“He was taken to the Cwm Seren ward in St Davids Park, Carmarthen, where they arrived at 1:03am the following morning. During the course of being assessed he became aggressive and had to be restrained by staff. He kicked out at the first nurse and was then put on the floor.
“Whilst on the floor he was throwing his head back and forth and the staff nurse, who was concerned for him, tried to hold his head but he continued to throw his head and because of the force he was using he trapped her finger onto the floor.
“The charge did originally read as common assault but the nurse went to get her finger x-rayed which revealed the fracture.
“After that incident he got free and he started damaging an extractor fan which he completely destroyed.
“I am not sure why the case has taken so long to come here but at the time of the offence he was on a suspended prison sentence, the period for which has now elapsed.”
Defending, Mrs Katie Hanson added: “He is extremely sorry for his actions on that night. He was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital trying to commit suicide. There are serious mental health issues but he accepts he was struggling on the floor but he did not intentionally hurt anyone and he apologises for his actions.”
Magistrates ordered that a pre-sentence report be prepared and Hill was released on unconditional bail and must return to court on Wednesday, August 29 for sentencing.
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