Update: Now living in Bettws, Bridgend. Yards away from a school and childcare facilities

April 2008

Taxi driver jailed for rape

A MAN jailed for raping a girl was allowed to drive taxis – despite a previous conviction for sexually assaulting two boys.

Robert Wagstaff, aged 40, of Bryncethin, must serve at least four years in jail after admitting raping and sexually assaulting a girl aged between 10 and 11 several times over the course of a year.

Wagstaff was allowed to drive taxis even though Bridgend County Borough Council and the firm he worked for were aware he had previous convictions – albeit spent – for child sex offences.

Cardiff Crown Court heard he was convicted of indecent assault in 1984 after luring two six-year-old boys to a disused railway track, where Wagstaff, then 15, exposed himself and touched them.

In 2003, he found work with Munro’s Taxis and Minibus Hire in Aberkenfig.

Ieuan Bennett, prosecuting, said the firm had discovered his convictions after a routine criminal record check.

But he was allowed to continue his work, which included regularly taking children to and from school.

A spokeswoman for BCBC said: “Mr Wagstaff was CRB-checked prior to the grant of a taxi driver licence in October 2002.

“The check revealed spent convictions and the case was referred to the licensing sub-committee.

“The licensing sub-committee received and considered the details of the convictions and granted a licence on a short-term basis.

“His licence was renewed on an annual basis and the licensing authority received no complaints or information regarding any improper behaviour while driving taxis.

“Mr Wagstaff’s licence was immediately suspended pending the outcome of the court case.”

Munro’s Taxis refused to comment.

In February 2007, while working as a taxi driver, Wagstaff began to abuse the girl, then aged 10.

Mr Bennett said he would meet with her once a week and had offered her money on several occasions.

The abuse only came to light in February this year when the girl confessed to a school counsellor.

Owen Williams, defending, said Wagstaff had admitted the offences at the earliest opportunity and was keen to undertake treatment to deal with his behaviour.

But, passing sentence, Judge David Wynn-Morgan told Wagstaff: “The fact that you have committed offences of this gravity leads me to the conclusion that there is a significant risk to the public of serious sexual harm caused by your committing further offences.”

The judge ordered him to serve a minimum of four years in prison before he can be considered for release by a parole board.

On release, he will be subject to licence for the rest of his life.

“You have a very great deal of work to do before the parole board will be satisfied that you no longer pose a risk,” he said.

Wagstaff admitted two counts of rape, five of sexual assault and three of inciting sexual activity with a child.

He was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

The judge also prohibited him from having unsupervised contact with children, attending playgrounds and driving a taxi or public-sector vehicle with child or female passengers.

ROBERT Wagstaff is the brother of convicted paedophile Kelvin Wagstaff.

Kelvin, of Davis Avenue, Bryncethin, was jailed for at least 12 months last March after admitting exposing himself to a seven-year-old and a 10-year-old girl in Porthcawl.

He was told he would only be released on lifelong licence when he proves he is no longer a risk to the public.

The 37-year-old hit the headlines last year after a judge relaxed his bail curfew condition to allow him to marry and spend the night at a luxury hotel.

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