Ex-Pembroke mayor David Boswell jailed after child rape
A former Pembroke mayor convicted of raping a child has been jailed for 18 years.
David Boswell, from Pembroke Dock, carried out the sex attack on the young girl in the 1990s.
The 58-year-old was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault and one count of rape after a trial at Swansea Crown Court last month.
He was also handed a sexual harm prevention order and restraining order stopping him contacting under 16s.
Boswell raped and indecently assaulted one girl and indecently assaulted another, the court heard.
He was cleared of three other counts of indecent assault against the two complainants.
A judge was told the victims remain frightened of Boswell to this day.
In a statement read to the court, one of his victims said: “I feel like a freak. I feel like I’m damaged for what he did to me.”
Boswell was elected to represent Pembroke St Mary North in May 2017.
He went on to become town mayor, but stepped aside from the role less than three months later after being charged by police.
The former soldier and lorry driver was then suspended by the Conservative Party.
Judge Keith Thomas said: “This was a gross abuse of trust.”
Dai Boswell convicted of rape and indecent assault
A former mayor of Pembroke faces a long prison sentence after he was convicted this afternoon of raping and indecently assaulting a 9-year-old girl
Pembrokeshire County Councillor David Boswell who is still a Pembrokeshire county councillor was also found guilty of indecently assaulting a different young girl.
One charge remains outstanding and the jury at Swansea crown court will return tomorrow (Tuesday) to try and reach a verdict.
Boswell gasped ‘Oh Christ’ as the jury returned a first verdict of guilty to indecent assault.
Judge Keith Thomas immediately remanded him to the cells below the court.
Boswell returned to the court later in the afternoon – having had his tie removed for safety reasons – to hear the jury convict him of the more serious offence of rape as well as additional offences of indecent assault.
He was also cleared of three additional charges of indecent assault.
The foreman assured Judge Thomas that, despite deliberating for more than nine hours, the jury could reach a verdict on the only outstanding charge if given more time.
Judge Thomas further remanded Boswell into custody, this time overnight at Swansea prison.
The rape conviction was by a majority of ten to two but the other verdicts were unanimous.
Boswell was elected as a Conservative county councillor for Pembroke St Mary North in May 2017.