May 2016

Gwynedd man, 78, jailed after sending sex offences confession with list of victims to police

A 78-year-old man who wrote a letter of confession to police including a list of names of alleged victims of sexual offences by him was jailed for a year. 

Caernarfon crown court heard that one was a boy abused by Frank Jones around 1972. 

Judge Philip Harris-Jenkins told the pensioner he came before him “in unusual circumstances.” 

In 1989 Jones had been jailed for two years for indecent assaults on another victim. 

He hadn’t reoffended since and was unwell.

But the judge added to Jones: “Despite your age and ill-health I have come to the conclusion, given the offence, this is an offence where only an immediate custodial sentence will meet the crime you committed against that boy.” 

Jones, of Llwyn-y-Ne, Clynnog Fawr, in Gwynedd, admitted gross indecency.

The offence carried a two-year maximum sentence. 

Prosecuting counsel Matthew Curtis said in November 2014 Jones wrote to North Wales police and he was later interviewed. 

An individual named by Jones had been identified and recalled the abuse.

The defendant had told the young boy: ”It’s a secret.” 

Defence barrister Elen Owen said Jones had decided to make a clean breast of it to police.

He had a number of health problems and prison would be difficult for him. 

The lawyer urged for the sentence to be suspended. 

Jones must register as a sex offender and a sexual harm prevention order was made for ten years. 

Judge Harris-Jenkins told him that the abuse had affected the boy as he grew up and left him with “psychological scars.”

It was a serious offence.