June 2013

‘I still remember his scratchy fingers’: Rapist guilty of string of sex assaults on young girls

A rapist is facing jail after being found guilty of a string of sex assaults on two young girls.

Paul Jones faced eight counts of indecent assault and six of rape against two girls, now adults, over an 11-year period between 1987 and 1998.

Jones denied 14 counts but the jury found him guilty of eight charges in nine hours and 46 minutes. He was acquitted of six.

Sue Ferrier, prosecuting at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court, said: “The prosecution case is that he systematically assaulted them and raped them.

“They lived a lifetime with the memory and experience of what had taken place.”

She said the abuse had taken place with “extreme regularity” and only came to light last year when one victim broke down and told her mother.

One victim told the jury Jones had kept her quiet by threatening to kill her mother if she ever revealed what was happening to her.

Jones, who had been given the nickname “Creeping Jesus”, also persuaded her that nobody would believe her.

“I hated him,” the complainant told the jury.

“I felt awful. I still remember the scratchy fingers. He kept on telling me that if I told my mother she would never believe me and he would kill her.

“He told me I liked it but I didn’t.”

Jones’ second victim told the jury: “I know I took an instant dislike to him.

“I remember bits but I tried to block most of it out. It was like he was touching me all the time to take it to the next step.”

She described how Jones had raped her and said: “It stopped because he finished.”

Recorder Christopher Clee QC told Jones, 40, of Lansbury Avenue, Cefn Hengoed, Caerphilly: “You have been convicted of a number of counts of indecent assault and one of rape. The sentence will be a lengthy prison sentence.”

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