February 2018

Prison for child sex offender

AN Aberystwyth child sex offender has been warned he will receive a “considerable and lengthy” prison sentence after he was convicted of sexual molesting three young girls.

Owain Llyr Thomas, 39, of Garth Celyn, St Davids Road, had denied all the charges against him but a jury at Swansea Crown Court returned unanimous guilty verdicts after only one hour of deliberation.

Catherine Richards, prosecuting, said his victims had “buried” what he had done to them until later in life when they began to confide in adults they trusted.

After his arrest Thomas refused to answer police questions but gave officers a prepared statement in which he claimed all the allegations had been false.

Following the verdicts, Judge T Mervyn Hughes immediately remanded Thomas to jail.

The offending had been serious, he added, and only a “considerable and lengthy” prison sentence could be the outcome.

Thomas will be sentenced in March.