March 2018

Paedophile spared jailed for assaulting girl, 9, and possessing indecent images, finally put behind bars

A paedophile, spared jail for sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl days after being sentenced for possessing indecent images of children, will finally be locked up for breaching a court order.

Adrian David Saunders was jailed for eight months today after admitting breaching the requirements of a three year community order.

Saunders, 36, of Ffordd Penmynydd, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, failed to attend an appointment with a probation officer in February a judge at Caernarfon Crown Court heard.

Resentencing Saunders, judge David Hale revoked the original order.

The court heard Saunders had sexually assaulted the girl in 2015 – days after he had been sentenced for possessing 800 indecent images of children but had escaped a jail term.

During the second sentencing hearing the judge had decided against a prison sentence for the assault.

The victim’s mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said at the time the court’s decision had left her feeling helpless.

She said: “I’m so upset and angry. I cannot believe he has got away with it.

“If he had been sentenced to jail in 2015 he never would have been able to attack my girl.”

Judge Hale told Saunders: “You were very fortunate not to be sent to jail and your attitude since then concerns everyone.”

Saunders had been due to undergo a 90-day programme for sex offenders but the court heard there would not be enough time for him to complete the course before the order expires next Febraury.

A probation officer said a less onerous course could also not be completed in time.

Saunders, who is army, had his computer seized by police in July 2013 and experts later found indecent images on the device. Most were of girls aged between seven and 14.

He was handed a three-year community order and a curfew for four months in 2015 and made to sign a sexual harm prevention order and the sex offenders register.

Saunders showed no emotion as he was sentenced and led away to begin his jail term.

January 2016

Mum hits out as paedophile who assaulted her daughter days after walking free from court is spared jail again

A distraught mum has slammed the justice system after a paedophile assaulted her nine-year-old daughter just days after walking free from court for child sexual abuse images.

Adrian David Saunders, 34, of Ffordd Garnedd, Y Felinheli, was spared jail again yesterday after sexually assaulting the girl on December 3.

Three days before the assault, on November 30, Saunders had been sentenced for possessing 800 vile images of children, but had escaped jail.

On Tuesday, he walked free from court again after Judge Philip Harris-Jenkins decided against a prison sentence for the assault.

Saunders had been caught on CCTV molesting the bum of the girl, after checking over his shoulder around six times.

The victim’s mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the court’s decision had left her feeling “helpless”.

She said: “I’m so upset and angry about it. I cannot believe he has got away with it.

“I only live five minutes away from the hostel he will have to stay in. I’m scared what I will do if I see him after what he did to my little girl. It’s just absolutely sickening.

“If he had been sentenced to jail in November, he never would have been able to attack my girl.

“He got away with it last time because it took them so long to prosecute him. That is not the public’s fault.

“The simple fact is he walked out of court on November 30 and then days later did this to my daughter.

“I will be appealing the sentence. They definitely have not heard the end of it.”

Saunders, an Army veteran, had his computer seized by police in July 2013.

They found 29 images in category A, the worst category, 10 in category B, and 761 in category C.

The majority of the images were of girls aged between seven and 14.

Peter Rogers, prosecuting, said Saunders was playing card games with the girl before the assault on December 3.

He said to the girl, “I can see your pink knickers”, which Caernarfon Court heard left the girl feeling “embarrassed”.

Undeterred, Saunders claimed the girl had something on her bottom and rubbed it.

Minutes later, the girl asked her grandmother if she could go home, where she asked if she had anything on her.

Judge Harris-Jenkins was shown CCTV footage of the sexual assault, but decided against jailing Saunders.

John Wyn Williams, defending, said Saunders had admitted the offence at the earliest opportunity and “knew that he required structured and significant help”.

Mr Williams said: “His increasing run-ins with the law only begin when he leaves the Army, and it is fair to say he has struggled to adapt since then.”

Judge Harris-Jenkins gave Saunders a three-year community order and a curfew for four months.

Saunders will be made to sign a sexual harm prevention order and the sex offenders register.

November 2015

Welsh army veteran’s ‘jailbait’ internet search for child sex abuse images

A disgraced army veteran who searched online for “jailbait” in a bid to find child abuse images has escaped a spell in prison.

Adrian David Saunders, 33, had 800 indecent images of children on his computer when it was seized by police following a tip off from an ex-partner.

Saunders, of Ffordd Garnedd, Felinheli , walked free from court with just a community order and a curfew.

He faced five charges related to sexually-explicit images of children after North Wales Police examined his computer in early July 2013.

They found 29 images in category A, the worst category, 10 category B and 761 category C.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard the majority of the images were girls aged between seven and 14.

He also had one video in category A.

Richard Edwards, prosecuting, said the case had taken so long to come to court due to a backlog currently being dealt with by the police.

He said analysis of Saunders’s computer showed the Iraq veteran had looked online for “jailbait”.

In his original interview with police Saunders said he had been looking at pornography and was directed towards the illegal images.

John Wyn Williams, defending, said Saunders had no relevant previous convictions.

He continued: “Mr Saunders served in the army in both Iraq and Afghanistan and it is to his credit he did not waste the court’s time by pleading not guilty.

“Through no fault of his own he has to wait 31 months to be sentenced, with the embarrassing nature of the offences hanging over him.”

Sentencing Saunders to a three year community order to comply with a sexual offenders programme, Recorder Britton said: “I have taken into consideration this has been hanging over you for some time.

“It’s unforgivable this case has taken so long to be brought for sentence,

“I have decided you must take part in an internet sex offenders programme which will last for three years.”

Saunders must also follow a curfew for three months not to leave his premises between 8pm and 7am.

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