July 2016

Police praise bravery of remorseless Swindon victim


A 64-year-old man has been jailed for two counts of indecently assault a boy in Swindon in the 1970s and early ’80s.

Terrance Taylor, of Eryrys, Mold, appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Monday following a week-long trial in June.

He was sentenced to four years for each count of indecent assault. The sentences will run concurrently.

When the assaults took place, the male victim was aged between seven and 14 and lived in Swindon.

DC Tina Staynings said: “These offences took place between the ’70s and ’80s – the victim was just seven-years-old when the abuse started.

“Taylor subjected him to years of abuse and he has been living with the awful memories of his actions for the rest of his life.

“It was only in 2014 when the victim felt able to disclose the details of what he had endured to a close family member and then to police.

“I would like to take this opportunity to praise the victim for the huge amount of courage he has shown in not only contacting police, but in providing a witness statement, and reliving his ordeal in court during the trial.

“His family have also shown great strength and provided evidence at court regarding the impact Taylor had on their lives.

“This man has shown no remorse for his despicable actions and I hope the sentence handed out by the judge goes some way in helping the victim find some closure and that it enables him to move on with his life knowing justice has been done.

“Finally, I would like to urge anyone who has been the victim of sexual assault, regardless of how much time has passed since the incident, to call police immediately via 101.”