July 2018

Serial paedophile has sentence slashed because top judges say he is ‘not dangerous to children’

A disabled paedophile who was jailed after he was again found with child abuse images has had his sentence slashed – after senior judges decided he was not a danger to children.

Christopher Wyn Jones, 61, of Tonypandy, already had a long list of convictions for accessing child abuse when he was arrested again last year.

Investigation of his iPad revealed two films involving young girls while he had also been contacting children online.

Jones, of High Street, Clydach Vale, admitted possessing indecent images and two counts of breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

He was jailed for five years , with another five to serve on extended licence, at Southwark Crown Court in London in January.

But his likely time behind bars was slashed on Thursday after appeal judges said it was wrong to say Jones was “dangerous”.

Although he has an unhealthy interest in young girls he suffers from a Parkinson’s Disease-like degenerative condition and is confined to a wheelchair.

It means that although he had been contacting girls online he could not possibly have gone beyond that and met them in person, his lawyers said.

Lord Justice Hamblen said the CPS accepted the crown court judge was wrong to find Jones to be a significant risk of serious harm.

“He is wheelchair-bound and that is relevant to any consideration of dangerousness,” said the appeal judge.

“He is not mobile and, therefore, the prospects of any contact offence is minimised.

“We accept that the evidence arising out of this offending was not sufficient to justify the finding of dangerousness made by the judge.”

The judge, sitting with Sir John Royce and Judge Martyn Zeidman QC, quashed the extended licence portion of the sentence.

The effect is that Jones will be released on licence after serving two and a half years in prison rather than potentially double that.

But the appeal judge said the court was not prepared to bring forward Jones’ release date any further.

“The sentencing judge was well aware of the offending history,” he said.

“He was also well aware of his medical condition.

“Whilst some judges might have discounted the sentence more on the grounds of the medical condition it cannot be said that the credit was insufficient.”

The total sentence was reduced to a conventional determinate term of five years, of which Jones will serve half.

January 2018

Wheelchair-bound paedophile caught when carer spotted him deleting pictures from his iPad

A serial sex offender who repeatedly breached orders to stop him from looking at indecent images of children has been jailed for five years.

Judge Michael Gledhill QC, sitting at London’s Southwark Crown Court, also told Christopher Wyn Jones, 60, his sentence was being extended to include five years on licence to “protect the public from further offences”.

Wyn Jones, of High Street, Tonypandy , was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for possession of indecent photographs of children to run consecutively to two concurrent 30-month sentences for breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

He had previously pleaded guilty to all charges.

Wyn Jones was on licence when these latest offences happened.

He had been released after being given sentences totalling four years in 2013 for similar offences.

The court was told police went to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant in June 2017 after a report that indecent images were found on his iPad.

His carer spotted that Wyn Jones – who is wheelchair-bound and suffers from a degenerative illness which is similar to Parkinson’s disease – had been deleting images on his iPad.

Police found an iPad by a settee when they searched his home in October 2017 despite Wyn Jones saying all his electronic devices had previously been taken away by the police.

Two graphic indecent movies involving children were found on the iPad.

The judge said the videos showed “disgusting acts” being inflicted against young girls and that Wyn Jones had “lied” to police about having the images.

His first court appearance concerning indecent photographs of children dates back to 2007, the judge said.

Prosecutor Andrew Davies described Wyn Jones as a “determined person, aged 60, with a clear predilection for watching and contacting young girls”.