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Cardigan: Tool trader raped teen after giving her ‘poppers’

A BUSINESSMAN, who previously ran The Tool Den in Cardigan, has been told he will receive a jail sentence after being of raping a girl under the age of 16.

At the trial Kevin John Turner, 53, admitted to being obsessed with young girls, and was convicted unanimously by the jury at Swansea Crown Court.

The court heard the offences happened when the tool dealer was living in Tremain, Ceredigion.

The judge, Geraint Walters, said he would sentence Turner once a probation officer had assessed the danger to the public, but warned that he was looking at a number of years in prison in ‘double figures’.

Turner, now of Gerdinen Ganol, Felindre, Swansea, had denied the rape, saying that he was having sex with her with her consent.

He told the jury: “What I did was very, very wrong and I am ashamed of myself. But it was not rape.”

Turner gave the girl poppers, a slang terms for alkyl nitrites, before having sex with her.

Following the verdict Turner was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 8 May.

He had already admitted possessing 355 indecent images of children.