November 2017

Man found guilty of sexually abusing young girls

A man found guilty of sexually assaulting two young girls in separate incidents years apart faces a lengthy prison sentence, a judge has said.

Jason Bennett Thomas, of Caerhun, Bangor, had denied 11 charges of abusing the two girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in offences which were 16 years apart.

But after a five day trial at Caernarfon Crown Court the jury of eight men and four women found him guilty of all charges.

The 47-year-old shook his head as the jury forewoman announced the verdicts.

As he was led away to the cells he shouted “I didn’t do it”.

Adjourning sentence for the preparation of reports Judge Huw Rees told Thomas: “You have been convicted of serious offences and I must consider what sentence to impose.”

He added he wanted the Probation Service to assess Thomas’ risk to young women and warned Thomas faced a lengthy custodial sentence.

Thomas was told he would be sentenced on December 20.

There was no application for bail and the judge remanded him in custody.

During the trial the jury heard three offences were alleged to have taken place against one girl in 2015 when she was aged under 10 and he was 44.

The remaining charges relate to a woman who claims she was raped and sexually abused by Thomas when she was a young girl in the 1990s, when she was aged under 13 and he was 27.

In a video interview played to the jury the woman said he would take her for rides in his car and gave her cannabis and a white powder, which she now believes was amphetamine. Thomas insisted there was no truth in these allegations. He said the woman had never been in his car and he had never supplied her with drugs.

The jury also heard from the younger girl. She said she had been abused by Thomas on two occasions and later, after telling friends, told her mother who alerted police.

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