February 2018

Pervert who left teen for dead allowed out of jail to run taxi service

A pervert jailed after he stripped, sexually assaulted, and brutally beat a teenager before leaving her for dead is being allowed out of prison every day to run a taxi service.

Kyle John, 26, drives a Home Office minibus ferrying other prisoners to work placements.

John was branded a danger to society and locked up indefinitely for the brutal attack which saw a schoolgirl left for dead, naked in the snow.

Her back was broken, her jaw and eye socket were smashed, and a doctor said she had the worst assault injuries he had seen in 28 years.

But seven years later John drives out of the prison gates every day clocking up hundreds of miles on the white minibus.

John was photographed picking up a prisoner from a university campus where hundreds of young women are potentially at risk.

Four days later he was pictured dropping a prisoner off outside Cardiff’s Holiday Inn.

A prison insider said: “Kyle John picks the prisoner up from the university most nights of the week.

“He was given an indeterminate sentence but he has landed one of the most privileged jobs for prisoners.

“The public has no idea that a man like him is circulating in society while serving their prison sentence.

“His victim and her family would be horrified.”

John was a carpentry student when he attacked the 15-year-old girl after a drinking session with his friends two days before Christmas.

She was stripped, beaten and sexually assaulted in the attack which left her “unrecognisable” and police didn’t know if they were dealing with a male or female victim.

John dragged her unconscious into the undergrowth and left her for dead close to the town centre of Aberdare.

Cardiff Crown Court heard she would have died from hypothermia but she was found in the nick of time.

Her face and body were cut and swollen and John left his calling card on her forehead – the imprint of his shoe.

John, of Barry, claimed he couldn’t remember anything about the attack because he’d had so much to drink.

But he pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent and sexual penetration. Charges of rape and attempted murder were allowed to lie on the file.

Judge John Curran gave him an indeterminate sentence with a minimum term of five years.

The judge told him: “You carried out a brutal, sustained and violent assault on a 15-year-old girl with sexual motivation.”

The Home Office is reluctant to give details of where John has served his sentence but he is currently at HMP Prescoed, near Pontypool.

He is given the keys to the white two-year-old Renault Master minibus most days to take prisoners to and from their placements.

The prison insider said: “He is totally unsupervised with a van-load of prisoners who have committed various offences.

“He drops them at hotels and restaurants where they work in the kitchens and even at call centres.

“His regular run is to Cardiff Metropolitan University where he picks up a prisoner who goes there to study.

“There is always a risk of him absconding but it’s a cushy number so he’s probably better off seeing out his sentence.”