April 2018

Child rapist admits abusing two more girls

A CHILD rapist jailed In 2010 for a lengthy series of sex attacks has admitted abusing two more girls.

Neil Wells was given an indeterminate sentence with a tariff of nine-and-a-half years after he was convicted of abusing nine young girls.

The 53-year-old was due to apply for parole later this year after he has served the minimum period before he could be considered for release.

But now the former DJ who ran an open house for youngsters to drink, smoke and watch pornography, has admitted sex offences against another two young girls.

And the new convictions mean he is unlikely to be released in the near future and could result in him serving many more years behind bars.

Wells, formerly of Newton Way, Penhill, Swindon, and Rudman Park, Chippenham, appeared at Swindon Crown Court by videolink from the Isle of Wight, where he is serving his sentence.

During the brief hearing he pleaded guilty to two counts of gross indecency with a child and two of indecent assault, one of each being a multi-incident charge.

Three of the counts related to him repeatedly sexually abusing one girl when she was about 12 years old and the other to a girl when she was under the age of 14.

All of the latest offences took place in Swindon between September 1998 and Boxing Day 2001.

Chris Smyth, defending, told the court his client had been preparing his application to be submitted to the parole board later in the year.

The new matters arose out of the same circumstances as the earlier offences, he said, which he had contested at a month-long trial only to be found guilty.

Judge Robert Pawson adjourned the case to Thursday, May 10, and remanded Wells in custody until then.

In February 2010 Wells was found guilty of 41 sexual offences against nine underage girls, some as young as 11.

He was convicted of 10 counts of rape, 25 of indecent assault, three sexual assault of a child, and three counts of taking indecent images of children.

His campaign of abuse spanned 12 years from 1995 to 2007, with the majority of his victims from Swindon.

Passing sentence Judge Douglas Field said the offender had used young girls to ‘satisfy his deprived sexual appetite’ and posed a ‘significant risk to the public’.

Referring to one of the victims he said ‘you took away her innocence’, adding ‘you used her as a sexual object’.

Wells befriended young girls, allowing them to smoke, drink alcohol and watch pornographic films at his home to get them interested.

After he was jailed eight years ago one of his victims said “I still think there may be other abused girls who still haven’t come forward, but I hope they do.”

February 2010

Daughter’s innocence snatched away

A FATHER who sexually preyed on his daughter and eight other girls under the age of consent is facing up to 19 years in jail.

Neil Wells, 45, of Newton Way, Penhill, was found guilty of 41 sexual offences – including 29 counts on his own daughter Keona – after the jury’s verdict at Swindon Crown Court.

The four-week trial heard some of the girls Wells targeted were as young as 11.

Charges he denied but was later convicted of included 10 counts of rape, 22 of indecent assault, three for sexually assaulting a child, three of indecently assaulting a child and three counts of taking indecent images of children. He was found not guilty on three further counts of sexual activity.

His campaign of abuse spanned 12 years from 1995 to 2007, with the majority of his victims from Swindon.

Sentencing Wells, Judge Douglas Field said the offender had used young girls to “satisfy his deprived sexual appetite” and posed a “significant risk to the public.”

“You took away her innocence (Keona’s),” he said. “You used her as a sexual object.

“It was a gross breach of trust.”

Wells befriended young girls, allowing them to smoke, drink alcohol and watch pornographic films at his home to get them interested, the judge said.

Wells, who has been in custody since his arrest at a house in Chippenham in February last year, was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register and banned from ever working with children.

He will be considered for parole after serving a minimum of nine-and-a-half years in prison, but in that time he has to admit some of the charges and show remorse for his actions.

Then he would be heavily supervised after years of specialist police programmes.

‘He treated me like a sex slave’

KEONA Wells was excited about starting secondary school and making new friends just days away from her 11th birthday.

But that was when the man who was meant to be looking after her abused his position of trust.

After being touched inappropriately and raped repeatedly, Keona’s dad Neil Wells bullied the youngster into believing this was normal behaviour.

It took frightened Keona seven-and-a-half years to get the courage to report her torture to police.

Last night the 20-year-old from Penhill bravely waived her right to anonymity and told the Swindon Advertiser she felt like a prisoner in her own home.

Keona said she was controlled like a sex slave, was told what to do and ordered about what friends she could and couldn’t see when she lived with her dad in Purton and Penhill.

She said her 45-year-old father, who was sentenced to a minimum of nine-and-a-half years in jail for his sex crimes, had even wanted to have children with her as he loved her like a wife or a girlfriend.

Keona wants to tell her disturbing story as she believes there could be more victims out there that may have been sexually abused by her dad.

“The more I pushed him away the more he forced himself on me.

“He said if I screamed or said anything I would regret it. He completely controlled what I did.

“He also said he wanted my first child to be his and said if I didn’t I would never have any.

“I’ve had four pregnancy scares by my dad from 2004 to 2007.”

She added: “I still think there may be other abused girls who still haven’t come forward, but I hope they do.

“I will never forgive him for what he did to me.”

She said her dad, who used to DJ and also fundraise for the British Heart Foundation, regularly stopped her from going to school and prevented her from seeing boyfriends as he wanted her to himself.

Keona started to think something was wrong when she turned 17. She began to understand how normal relationships should work and so she ran away from home.

Now she hopes to rebuild her shattered life, but thinks it will take many years to heal her mental wounds.

  • If you are a concerned adult or a child and would like to speak to someone about abuse, call the NSPCC helpline on            0808 800 5000       or email help@nspcc.org.uk