September 2017

Epileptic paedophile warned he faces jail

A paedophile pensioner who blamed his epilepsy for some of his heinous crimes has been warned he faces prison.

Leslie Brindle, 70, was today found guilty of a ‘catalogue’ of sexual attacks on young girls.

The jury took four hours to find Brindle, guilty of all 11 charges which include three counts of inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity and of indecently exposing himself to young girls.

Brindle, of Madog Street, Porthmadog, had used his epilepsy and resulting seizures to justify some of his revolting crimes.

At Caernarfon Crown Court Judge Recorder Wyn Lloyd Jones, warned the former baker that he faces a prison sentence.

He bailed the pervert until the sentencing hearing on October 20.

Brindle, who was comforted by his family upon leaving the dock, has been ordered to sign the sex offenders ’ register.

The judge said: “There can only be one sentence for a catalogue of serious offences against young children, and that will be prison.

“I will be merciful and extend your bail so you can sort out your affairs.

“But be under no illusions, you are looking at prison.”

 
Leslie Brindle, 70, of Porthmadog stood trial at Caernarfon Crown Court

The week-long trial heard evidence from some of Brindle’s victims, who said he had exposed through open windows in his home as well as engage in sexual activity.

Some of the offences took place 30 years apart.

Prosecutors proved that Brindle had also intentionally exposed himself to girls by pulling down his jogging bottoms and was arrested for indecent exposure in 1970.

After the latest allegations were reported to police last summer, a woman came forward to report that she had also been subjected to abuse by Brindle during the late 1980s.

But when asked by police about the allegations, Brindle said: “They have a very vivid imagination”, dismissing the similarity of the offences over such a wide time frame, as merely “coincidence.”

He claimed could not have committed the offences because he suffered from erectile dysfunction.

Sion ap Mihangel, defending, urged the judge to consider the defendant’s age and poor health.

Brindle’s sentencing will take place at Caernarfon Crown Court on Friday, October 20, to allow a pre-sentencing report to be compiled.

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