March 2018

Paedophile said victim would be in ‘serious trouble’ if she told anyone what he was doing

A paedophile who sexually abused a young child told her she would get into “serious trouble” if she told anyone about what he was doing.

Daryl Grant, 48, deliberately isolated his victim and then systematically abused her over a three-year period, leaving her struggling to form relationships many years later as an adult.

Grant denied the charges against him but was found guilty by a jury after trial of five counts of sexually abusing a child.

Speaking at Cardiff Crown Court, prosecutor Nicola Powell said the girl was of primary school age when the offending began.

In her evidence the victim said Grant told her she would get into “serious trouble” if she told anyone about what he was doing.

She told the court she believed at the time that his behaviour was “normal”.

In a victim personal statement she said the abuse – which occurred about a decade ago – had affected her ability to form relationships, particularly with men.

She said she did not like to be near male teachers at school and now feels anxious for her own children.

Grant, from Newcastle Emlyn, was convicted of sexual assault of a child, sexual activity with a child, and three counts of rape.

He appeared via video link from HM Parc Prison for the hearing before Judge Neil Bidder QC.

The judge said he was “unhappy” arrangements had not been made for the defendant to be produced at court.

He said: “I consider it is important in a case such as this that a defendant should stand in the dock in public view.”

Corina Hughes, defending, said her client was disabled and required specialist transport, which was not available on the day.

The court heard he had his leg amputated at the hip and wears a prosthetic limb.

She said her client consented to be sentenced over the video link, adding: “He would like some finality.”

Ms Hughes accepted: “There is very limited mitigation.”

She told the court her client had never been to prison before and would suffer “severe discomfort” in jail due to his disability.

Judge Bidder noted there was “significant planning” and “archetypal grooming behaviour”.

He said: “We are dealing with a young child.”

In his sentencing remarks, he told the defendant: “I have to sentence you for serious sexual abuse of a child.

“I have no doubt you groomed the child so you could abuse her. She trusted you and you abused that trust.”

The judge added: “It is quite clear that you have a strong sexual interest in children.

“The gravity of these offences is obviously such that only an immediate and lengthy custodial term can be imposed upon you.”

He found an extended sentence was not necessary and jailed Grant for 13 years with a one-year licence period.

Judge Bidder imposed an indefinite restraining order, Sexual Harm Prevention Order and notification requirements.