August 2016

Child-rapist is killed after van crashes into him


A man jailed for raping a 12-year-old schoolgirl was killed and his girlfriend was seriously injured when they were struck by a van as they walked along a country road.

Ryan Draper, 27, from Caerwys, Flintshire, north Wales, was hit by a van in the early hours of Saturday morning on the B5122 in Caerwys, near to junction 34 of the A55.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, while his girlfriend was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd by ambulance, Her injuries were described as serious and life changing.  

The 42 year-old male driver of the van was taken to the same hospital with what were believed to be minor injuries.

He has since been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving, but has been bailed pending further inquiries. 

Draper was sentenced to five years behind bars in 2011 after he pleaded guilty to rape at Mold Crown Court.

During his sentencing, Judge Niclas Parry had told him: ‘You gratified yourself, you used no protection and showed a total disregard for her.’

Draper was also placed on the sex offender register for life and was given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order to stop him approaching the victim.

February 2011

Deeside man, 21, gets five years in jail for rape of 12-year-old


A MAN who raped a girl aged 12 has been jailed for five years.

Ryan Ashley Draper was drunk at the time of the attack at his flat in Deeside, and insisted he didn’t know how young the frightened schoolgirl was.

The 21-year-old had previously denied the charge but yesterday changed his plea.

The rape came to light when the girl told her teacher, and said she’d lost her virginity to the wrong person.

Mold court heard Draper had demanded and persistently initiated sex with the girl, even though it was clear she didn’t want it and raised fears she could get pregnant.

Judge Niclas Parry told Draper, of Riverside Park, Garden City, he had used the schoolgirl for his own sexual gratification.

He said: “You gratified yourself, you used no protection and showed a total disregard for her. The law is there to protect children from people who are too drunk to care. You had as much disregard for her wishes as you did for her welfare.”

The judge accepted that Draper had pleaded guilty, and that he was young himself and had no previous relevant convictions.

Caroline Harris, prosecuting, said the girl and a friend were at the defendant’s flat and he had started to kiss her. He said he wanted sex, she refused, he repeatedly asked her and then started to undress her. She tried to pull her clothing back up but he pulled her on top of him and she was too scared to say or do anything as he had intercourse with her.

Later she felt stupid and felt she should have done something to try and stop him.

Draper was placed on the sex offender register for life and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order was made under which he must not approach the victim.

After the case, Detective Chief Inspector Graham Talbot said: “The young victim did the right thing in reporting this horrendous crime and can feel confident justice has been served. North Wales Police are committed to preventing these crimes.”