May 2018: Hanratty has now been released back into the Pembrokeshire area – Haverfordwest

September 2007

‘Highly dangerous ‘ rapist jailed

A serial child rapist has been jailed for 16 years at Swansea Crown Court and warned that he may never be released.

David Hanratty, 39, was found guilty of raping or indecently assaulting five girls aged between eight and 15.

Hanratty was legally defined as a danger to young children by a judge at Swansea crown court.  A probation report on Hanratty, had deemed him to be a continuing danger to children.

Hanratty, formerly of Pembroke Dock and now living in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, denied the charges but was convicted after a trial.

Judge Gerald Price told Hanratty he was “highly dangerous” and had indulged in “a campaign of rape.”

Judge Price told Hanratty he would not be released until the Parole Board was satisfied he was no longer a danger.

The judge said that may never be the case, and legally defined him as a danger to young children.

Hanratty, who once drove children to school for a living, had been convicted of eight rapes and 14 indecency offences.

The court was told that as police closed in, Hanratty took an overdose of tablets and was arrested as he emerged from Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest.

One of his victims had wept in the witness box as she told a jury she was “disgusted” he had ever been allowed near children, and she said she went to his employers to complain.

Judge Price told Hanratty: “The long-term effect on these girls is impossible to assess.

“You give the impression of being a gentle person but it is a facade.”

Judge Price warned him that an effect of his ruling could be that he stayed in jail indefinitely.

Hanratty was also ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for life and banned from ever working with children.