September 2015

‘Warped’ rapist jailed for more than six years for repeated attacks

A young rape victim trapped her attacker by recording his sex assault on her mobile phone.

Gareth Harding, 33, was jailed for more than six years at Newport Crown Court after being brought to justice by the rape tape given to police by his teenage victim.

The teenager suffered in silence after a series of sex attacks by Harding over five months.

She feared she would not be believed – until she gave the phone recording of his sex attack to her father who called in police.

Her mobile phone recordings were played out in court after Harding pleaded guilty to all charges. She is heard refusing his advances – but Harding replied: “What if I give you a tenner?”

He is heard chuckling as she begins to sob before there is a sound of a struggle and she screams.

She is heard telling Harding to “stop” and “I can’t”.

Harding replies: “Yes you can. It’s easy.”

Harding, of Hengoed, near Caerphilly, South Wales, pestered the teenager for sex leaving her “scared and distressed.”

The police were called but Harding said the sound recording was a “joke”.

Harding was sentenced to six years and eight months after pleading guilty to attempted rape, assault, two counts of sexual assault and inappropriate touching.