March 2019

Girl hired out for sexual abuse by her granddad subjected to sick weekly ritual

A man already in prison for child sex offenses has been handed more jail time – for abusing an eight-year-old girl who was hired out for sexual abuse purposes by her granddad.

David Edwards was already serving an 18-year jail term for raping and indecently assaulting three girls when he appeared at Bristol Crown Court for sentencing yesterday (March 12).

He was jailed for an additional two and a half years after pleading guilty to four charges of indecent assault against a child – offenses which pre-date the ones he was already in prison for.

The court heard the young girl, who cannot be named to protect her anonymity, was hired out for sexual purposes by her granddad, who is now dead.

The girl was taken to a home where a man – who has since died – would touch her improperly, before Edwards would take his turn.

Years later, when the victim bumped into Edwards, he laughed in her face and asked her: “Do you remember me, do you remember what we used to do?”

After many more years the complainant reported him to police. By then, Edwards was serving an 18-year prison sentence for raping and indecently assaulting three girls after he abused the eight-year-old.

Edwards, 65, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to four charges of indecent assault against the child.

Judge William Hart jailed him for two-and-a-half years, to run extra to the 18-year jail term he is serving.

The judge told Edwards: “I am limited to the maximum sentence at the time.

“The current equivalent is the sexual assault of a child aged under 13.

“There was severe psychological harm caused.

“There was specific targeting of a particularly vulnerable child.”

Richard Posner, prosecuting, told the court the girl would be hired out for weekly abuse by a man before Edwards took her to his room to “listen to some records”.

Once in the bedroom the child would be stripped naked, blindfolded and tied down before Edwards abused her, Mr Posner said.

The complainant made an impact statement in which she said the abuse left her with feelings of shame, anger and abuse.

He described how her relationships and health had suffered as a consequence of abuse of this “evil man”.

She said: “Sexual abuse is in my skin.

“It is always there, just below the surface.

“I see it, I smell it, I hear it.

“I have anger, fear and sadness.”

June 2012

18 years in jail for child rapist from Keynsham

A CONVICTED child rapist from Keynsham has been handed an 18 year prison sentence.

Former bus tour guide David Edwards was found guilty of sexually abusing three girls from the mid-1970s to early 1990s.

Edwards, 58, raped and sexually assaulted one schoolgirl when she was aged between nine and 14, a jury at Bristol Crown Court was told.

He also sexually abused a six-year-old girl in a garden shed and indecently assaulted another girl aged under 13.

Edwards denied 28 charges, comprising 10 counts of rape, 17 counts of indecent assault and one count of indecency with a child.

A jury of nine men and three women cleared Edwards of two rapes against the first complainant and were undecided on two further specimen charge rapes of her.

Judge Michael Roach told him: “You contested the case and therefore cannot receive credit.

“I bear in mind your previous good character, age, character references and medical difficulties.

“What you did to (the first victim) amounted to a campaign of rape when she was aged between 10 and 14.”

Edwards, who is due to serve two-thirds of the sentence behind bars due to law relative to when he offended, was told to register as a sex offender indefinitely and was banned from working withchildren.

The jury was told Edwards, of Warwick Road, Keynsham, was only arrested and charged with the offences recently because his first victim – now a woman in her 40s – had broken her silence on the alleged abuse and reported it to police.

Sarah Regan, prosecuting, told the jury the abuse took place between 1975 and 1993.

Miss Regan said the victims had trusted Edwards, adding: “He betrayed that trust.”

She said his first victim, who along with the other victims cannot be identified for legal reasons, reported the alleged abuse to police in February last year.

She claimed that she had been raped and assaulted while at “little school”, aged eight or nine.

She said that Edwards told her that what had happened should be kept a secret.

Ms Regan said another victim was sexually abused in Edwards’ garden shed in the 1980s.

When arrested last year, Edwards said the allegations were lies.

Detective Constable Jon Oakey, the police officer in charge of the case, said: “This was a man of previous good character who has clearly committed a gross breach of trust, over a number of years, to these three victims. He contested the case despite overwhelming evidence.”