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Judge brands Penyrheol sex offender Dale Wiegold an “evil, wicked man”
A SEX offender was described as an “evil, wicked man” by a judge who today jailed him for a total of six years.
Judge Stephen Hopkins QC told Cardiff Crown Court how the crimes of Dale Wiegold came to light after one of the two young victims spoke out to her mother while watching a Crimewatch programme.
Following a trial earlier this year, Wiegold, 39, of Heol Aneurin, Caerphilly, was found guilty of three counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of sexual activity with a child.
Sentencing him, Judge Hopkins QC told the defendant: “You are in my judgement Dale Wiegold an evil, wicked man.”
The court heard one of the victims had been watching an episode of Crimewatch when her mother asked her whether anything had ever happened to her.
Judge Hopkins QC said that being a “totally honest girl”, the victim had told her mother about the abuse.
This led to a police investigation and following contact by the police with the mother of the second victim, a “full picture emerged.”
But the judge added that Wiegold still maintained no victim empathy.
He said: “It is clear that you are either, or both, unwilling or unable to accept responsibility for the crimes you have committed.”
Wiegold has 12 previous convictions for 16 offences which include violence and public disorder offences.
Representing Wiegold, Matthew Roberts said these were the first offences of a sexual nature Wiegold had been convicted of and said the defendant accepted custody was inevitable.
Wiegold was also ordered to register as a sexual offender indefinitely and was disqualified from working with children.
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Dale Wiegold denied 14 counts of abuse, including two of rape, against two girls under 16.
But after retiring for three hours and 13 minutes a jury at Cardiff Crown Court found the 39 year old guilty of six charges, including inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, of sexual activity with a child and of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
He was found not guilty of rape and rape of a child under 13, and of other sex abuse charges.
Judge Stephen Hopkins, QC, said: “Dale Wiegold, you now fall to be sentenced for serious sexual offences.”
Judge Hopkins told the defendant, of Heol Aneurin, Caerphilly, he would have to be registered as a sex offender for “the rest of your life”.
Wiegold will also be banned from working with children.
“Your offences beggar description, expect in the fullness of time a long prison sentence,” Judge Hopkins said.
“You are now remanded in custody.”
As he left the dock Wiegold, dressed in a dark suit, said something inaudible to a woman in the dock. She left almost immediately.
He will sentenced on May 10.
The case saw one of abuse victims allowed to address the defendant across the courtroom.
She urged him to “Please tell the truth, but nothing but the truth” and that “I know you’ve done all these things, I’m 100% sure.”
The emotional message came after the witness broke down in tears after questioning by defence barrister Matthew Roberts at Cardiff Crown Court.
The court also heard how Wiegold had received 12 convictions for 16 offences since 1985 ranging from criminal damage to using threatening words and behaviour to GBH. None of the convictions were for sexual offences.
But the jury heard Wiegold was previously arrested for rape and investigated for an alleged sex attack on another youngster. Neither of these allegations led to prosecutions.
The case also saw Wiegold defended from the witness box by a girl he was once alleged to have abused.