April 2014

Man jailed for seven years for sexually assaulting young girl

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A man walked into a police station and told how he had sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl.

Ashley James Williams told officers he did not know why he had done it but that he wanted to try and put it right.

At Mold Crown Court Williams, 31, of Garndolbenmaen, near Porthmadog , was jailed for seven years and ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for life. A life-time sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) was also made.

Judge Niclas Parry told him that the victim, a girl aged under 13, was particularly vulnerable due to “her extreme youth”. There were suggestions of inducement and elements of grooming, he said.

Judge Parry added: “You took advantage of her for your own sexual gratification.”

He had asked her not to tell anyone or she might get into trouble.

Judge Parry said that he accepted that he was truly remorseful and it was an unusual feature of the case that he had walked into a police station and admitted what he had done.

Williams, who fought back tears in the dock as he was sentenced, was told that the SOPO meant that he was not to have any unsupervised contact with a child under 16.

The judge also ordered that he was not to approach the victim.

Williams admitted four offences of assault on the child. Prosecuting barrister Wyn Lloyd Jones gave the court details of what he described as an extremely serious case.

Williams had been challenged about his behaviour after the victim confided in a member of her family.

He admitted what he had done and the next day went to Caernarfon police station and disclosed to officers that he had touched a young girl sexually.

He said that he had done wrong and had gone to the police station in an attempt to put it right.

Mr Lloyd Jones said that it was clear, given the later complaint from the victim and his guilty pleas, that he had initially tried to minimise what he had done.

The victim told a member of her family what the defendant had done, he was challenged and he went to the police to confess.

Police went to see the girl who in a video interview described what had happened to her as horrible and disgusting, and she said she hated it.

She had tried to stop him but he just carried on, she explained.

Williams told officers he did not know why it had happened and that he just wanted to be punished.

February 2014

Man admits sexually assaulting young girl

A MAN is facing a lengthy prison sentence after he admitted sexually assaulting a young girl.

Ashley James Williams, of Garndolbenmaen, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault.

Because his victim is under 13 years old, the starting point for the 31 year old’s sentence will be five years in prison.

Appearing via videolink from Altcourse Prison, in Liverpool, Williams showed no emotion as he spoke to confirm his name and guilty pleas.

Prosecutor Wyn Lloyd Jones told the Caernarfon Crown Court, on Monday, that he would offer no evidence in relation to a fifth charge, that of taking an indecent photograph of a child, and that the matter would lie on file.

The case was adjourned so reports could be prepared ahead of sentence. Williams will be sentenced at Mold Crown Court on Monday, 10 March.

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