June 2016

Man jailed for asking Facebook girl to send sexual pictures


A MAN has been jailed for three years and put on the sex-offenders register for life after contacting a young girl on social media and trying to get her to send him sexually explicit photographs.

Swansea Crown Court heard that 26-year-old Guy Brigdale messaged the youngster on Facebook and attempted to get her to take and send indecent pictures.

However a family member of the victim saw some of the messages he had sent on the girl’s phone – and then pretended to be her, and carried on the exchanges with the defendant.

Police were later contacted, and Brigdale arrested.

Brigdale, of Heol y Cae, Pontarddulais, had previously pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a girl under-16 to send him photographs when he appeared in the dock today for sentencing.

Stuart John, for Brigdale, said his client accepted he had “issues”, and wanted help in addressing them.

Judge Keith Thomas said he had read a probation report into the defendant and it was clear he had “a particular sexual interest” in such matters and intended to arrange to meet the girl, who cannot be named to protect her identity.

The judge told him: “You were grooming her and you would have committed more serious offences if given the opportunity.”

Brigdale was sentenced to three years in prison, and put on the sex offenders register for life. He was also made the subject of Sexual Harm Prevention Order which bans him from having unauthorised contact with under-16s, and from deleting his search histories on internet devices.