Ieuan Jones – Adlington

February 2019

Justice at last for ex-Wrexham AFC chef who sexually assaulted sleeping teenager

A chef found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage boy more than 35 years ago has been jailed.

Ieuan Jones, 67, was alleged to have groomed the youth for “his own sexual purposes” and faced two charges of indecent assault, which were alleged to have taken place in the early 1980s.

The jury at Caernarfon Crown Court convicted him of one charge and cleared him of the other.

During the three-day trial, Jones told the jury the victim’s story was “ridiculous” and claimed he was making it up in order to claim compensation.

Judge Timothy Petts said: “You befriended a teenage boy despite the gap in your ages. On one occasion, on the finding by the jury, while asleep you took advantage of him.

“This offence is so serious only an immediate custodial sentence can be justified.”

Jailed for 15 months, Jones was told the sentence would be served consecutively to the sentence he is already serving for other charges of indecent assault.

Defence barrister Jonathan Duffy said he accepted a prison sentence was inevitable but asked the judge to bear in mind his age and the principle of totality.

The victim, now in his early 50s, reported the matter to police after reading newspaper reports of Jones’ trial at Mold Crown Court in June.

Then, he was found guilty of indecently assaulting two teenage boys in the 1990s and 2000s at his home in Rhosllannerchrugog and jailed for four and a half years.

Quizzed by prosecuting counsel Mark Connor, he maintained his innocence on all matters. He said he was gathering evidence which he hoped would clear him of those offences on appeal.

Giving evidence, the victim said the newspaper reports of the trial in June reminded him of events which happened more than 35 years ago.

He said: “The reports said he was denying the offences and was standing trial.

“I thought to myself, ‘he’s lying, he did that to me’, and a few days later I contacted the police.”

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he had met Jones when his family moved to the area when he was a teenager.

He said Jones, a chef who then worked on oil or gas rigs and later at Wrexham AFC, taught him how to cook and went on nights out with him to pubs in the area and to Wrexham.

Jones, the jury heard, would always pay for the drinks and meals. He was also said to have given the youth cannabis to smoke.

He told the jury he believed Jones to be “pleasant, well presented and a nice guy”.The jury had heard Jones, now of Chorley Street, Adlington, Lancashire, was convicted at the previous trial of two sex attacks on young boys.

The victim said he recalled going out one evening with Jones and returning late to his home.

During the night, he woke up and found Jones fondling him. He told him to stop and they had an argument before going back to sleep.

Cross examined by Mr Duffy, the victim said he had not made up the allegations but had not told anyone about the incidents except for a female friend some 25 years ago, until he read the newspaper.

“I pushed it to the back of my mind and got on with life,” he said

Update: Sentenced to four years. Jones was ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life

June 2018

Former Wrexham AFC chef convicted of indecently assaulting young boys

A FORMER Wrexham Football Club chef has been convicted of indecently assaulting two young men when they were teenagers and remanded in custody.

One victim was on trials with the club and had digs with defendant Ieuan Jones.

Jones denied the allegations but was convicted by the jury at Mold Crown Court.

Judge Rhys Rowlands rescinded his bail and said he had been convicted of serious indecent assaults against two 16-year-olds, one in the 1990s and the other in the 2000s.

The first one went as far as Jones performing oral sex on the victim who had been entrusted by his parents into the care of Wrexham AFC. The club in turn trusted Jones to look after him.

“What you did to him was serious, in breach of a very high degree of trust,” the judge told Jones.

His conduct towards the second victim was not as serious but there were elements of grooming in that he had invited him back to his home, certainly to drink.

The judge said he accepted it all happened a long time ago which would be reflected in sentence, but on the other hand he had got away with it for many years.

One of the complainants in particular had struggled to cope with what he did to him as a very young boy.

Judge Rowlands said a full pre-sentence report would be required including a note from his GP about his medical conditions.

But he said he was concerned that Jones would fail to surrender to the court and rejected a bail application by defence barrister Trevor Parry-Jones.

He said his client was unwell, was taking a cocktail of medication and had not made proper arrangements for custody.

Jones, Mr Parry-Jones said, had an elderly mother and in addition had a pet dog at home which needed to be cared for.

Jones , 67, now of Chorley Street, Adlington in Lancashire, was convicted of indecently assaulting a teenage boy who dreamt of becoming a professional footballer.

He was affected by the high profile case of Barry Bennell employed by Crewe Alexandra FC who had been convicted of sexual abusing young boy footballers and reported to police what he said had happened to him.

He was in the 1990s, aspiring to be a professional footballer and had trials with Wrexham AFC.

It was the prosecution case that one night he was asleep above the bed clothes or sleeping bag because it was so hot and woke up to find Jones performing oral sex on him.

The complainant said he later left the club and did not make a formal complaint at the time.

Jones was a chef at the club looking after everyone and he took the view that with loads of youngsters wanting trials that it would have been easier to get rid of him, a young 16-year-old, if he complained.

“That is why I left. I chose to leave,” he said.

“Every time I went through the gate I was throwing up. I was reliving everything on a daily basis.

“I could not face being there, even seeing the club badge,” he said.

In the 2000s, when Jones was still a chef at the football club, it was alleged a number of young people would go back to his home to drink and smoke.

One was given cannabis and that one night he was woken up by the defendant touching him sexually.

The jury was told Jones, who denied the claims, worked as a chef in the hospitality industry and had worked at Denbigh Hospital, a number of restaurants, on the rigs in the North Sea and had also been a catering manager at a superstore, a restaurant and a caravan site.

He had been a pub licensee and in about 1997 joined Wrexham AFC at the Colliers Park training ground in Gresford which had a kitchen and dining room for up to 50 people.

Jones said he made breakfasts and lunch for players and officials and would prepare lunches on match days.

He was asked on an informal basis if he would be prepared to look after some of the youngsters who came to play on a temporary basis.

Jones said in 1976 he had been jailed for nine months and banned from driving for three years for causing death by reckless driving after his best friend was killed in a road accident.

He resigned from Wrexham AFC when he had depression as the club went into liquidation in 2004.

Jones then managed pubs temporarily and then took over his own pub in Chorley, Lancashire.

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