February 2019

Convicted paedophile handed extra five years 

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A sexual predator has been handed an extra five years in prison after the abuser’s initial conviction prompted another victim to contact police.

Mark Richard Davis was jailed for 14 years in 2016 for a series of offences carried out against schoolboys in the 1980s and 1990s in Cardiff.

Following publicity surrounding that conviction, a further victim told police that Davis – who had worked as a children’s entertainer – had also abused him while he was a child.

Another painstaking investigation yesterday resulted in 58-year-old Davis being given an additional five-year sentence, to be served consecutively to his earlier jail term, for indecent assault and gross indecency offences.

March 2016

Magician jailed for 14 years for sex attacks on schoolboys

A magician has been jailed for 14 years at Cardiff Crown Court for sex attacks on schoolboys.

Mark Davis, 55, wooed single mothers to get close to their sons – and “dazzled” them with magic tricks and celebrity autographs.

He worked as both a children’s entertainer and a stage manager at a youth theatre in Cardiff where he was able to gain the trust of mothers and their children.

A court heard Davis became a “father figure” to young boys between the ages of nine and 14 who had an interest in acting, and “wormed his way into their lives”.

He promised them trips to London to visit the EastEnders set and gave them autographed pictures of celebrities.

One of his victims, who cannot be named, told the court: “He said he would take me to the studios of EastEnders. My brother found out and went mad.”

The sex crimes came to light after three men now in their 30s reported to police they’d been abused by Davis during the 1980s and 1990s while he was living in Cardiff.

Cardiff Crown Court heard the men now suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, depression, and say they feel “robbed of their childhood”.

Janet McDonald, prosecuting, said during his week-long trial Davis was a “skilled groomer” and “sexual predator” who targeted boys from fatherless homes.

Davis, who moved to Corby, Northamptonshire, was found guilty of 13 sex offences, including three counts of rape, nine of indecent assault and one of taking an indecent photograph of a child.

Judge Jonathan Furness told Davis at his sentencing: “You enticed them with the lure of the theatre and the magic of your role as an entertainer.”

Davis was sentenced to 14 years in jail, told to register as a sex offender, and banned from working with children when he is released.