October 2017

Haverfordwest businessman jailed for sex assaults on girl

An electrical shop owner has been jailed for eight years after sexually assaulting a young girl.

Kenneth Waters from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, was convicted of seven offences.

Swansea Crown Court heard Waters, 72, had taken “every opportunity” to abuse his victim and then tried to “blacken her name” by calling her a liar.

Judge Paul Thomas told him: “You have not shown one iota of remorse”.

Waters owns the Home Electronics shop in Haverfordwest and his barrister, Nigel Fryer, said the business was “perilously close” to collapse.

Judge Thomas accepted the sentence would affect the workers there, but said Waters had enjoyed a standing in the town that had been undeserved.

The court heard years after the abuse, the girl recorded a telephone conversation with Waters in which he apologised for what he had done.

Her victim impact statement said she still suffered the effects of the abuse more than 10 years later.

Waters sobbed in the dock as he was jailed. He must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

January 2017

A jury at Swansea crown court has failed to agree verdicts on the remaining five allegations of sexual assault against Haverfordwest businessman Kenneth Waters.

Earlier today (Friday) the jury returned guilty verdicts in respect of three similar offences.

Judge Paul Thomas granted the Crown Prosecution Service seven days to decide whether to request a retrial on the outstanding charges.

Waters will be sentenced after the legal process has ended.

Earlier this week Waters, who ran an electrical goods shop in Snowdrop Lane, claimed the girl involved had threatened to “go to the police” unless he gave her money.

But the girl, now in her 20s, said she managed to tape record a telephone conversation in which he is said to have confessed to touching her indecently when she was aged 13.

Waters, of Highfield Manor, had denies nine charges of sexual assault.

The alleged victim told a jury at Swansea crown court how on one occasion Waters drove her to Newgale beach and told her to take her trousers down, which she did.

She said Waters, aged 70, took down his own trousers and told her he wanted to have sexual intercourse with her.

She said he touched her sexually but suddenly stopped when a car “full of girls” arrived and he drove off with his trousers still around his ankles.

Waters told the jury he had never kissed or touched her.

“I have never exposed myself to her or touched her sexually,” he said.

He agreed he once drove her to a beach but is wasn’t Newgale and nothing of a sexual nature had happened.

Years later, he said, she telephoned him demanding “lots of money to keep her mouth shut,” he added.

“She threatened to come to the shop and tell all my customers I was a paedophile.

“She said she would get sandwich boards made and walk around town with Ken Waters is a paedophile written on them.

“She telephoned me eighty times in one day. It was doing my head in.”

Waters said he apologised to her during the recorded telephone call only “to get her off my back” even though he had nothing to apologise for.