February 2018

Paedophile sentenced for ‘campaign of abuse’ against child

A paedophile that repeatedly abused and raped a young girl for over a decade has been jailed

Former Miner Lyndon Barry Clement, 57 of Maerdy appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court where he was convicted of four counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault on a female child

The court was told that Clement repeatedly abused and raped the child beginning when she was just five years old.

The abuse continued for a further 12 years, finally ending when the girl was 17

Prosecution said Clement was confronted by the victim over the abuse she had suffered. The victim recorded the conversation and it was used as evidence. 

The victim said she offered the paedophile the chance to hand himself in to police, but said if he did not that she would report him herself. She went onto ask him why he abused her. Clement replied that he abused her, as ‘he wasn’t getting it from his wife’

The court was told that Clement left two suicide notes before going into hiding. He was later arrested by police and charged with the offences

In a victim impact statement to the court, it stated: ‘Every time you put your hands on me, it made me feel worthless. You sentenced me to a lifetime of mental agony. There were times I wish you had just killed me’

The judge sentenced Clement to 17 years which was reduced to 11 as he pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. An extended licence period of five years was made.

A restraining order was also made which prohibits any contact with the victim directly or indirectly

Clement was ordered to register as a sexual offender for life