November 2018

Man spared jail after being convicted of 1970s child sex offences

A man found guilty of serious sexual assault charges by a jury has been spared a jail sentence.

Kelvin Gwynedd Evans, 57, had denied two charges of indecent assault, one of inciting a girl to commit an act of gross indecency and a charge of rape.

The offences were committed in the 1970s when the victim was under 12 years old.

After a five-day trial, the jury found Evans, who lives in a caravan at Bryncir near Porthmadog, guilty of the first three matters but cleared him of the rape charge.

Sentence had been adjourned for the preparation of reports, and today Evans was handed a 12-month community order.

Judge Huw Rees said: “You are a man of hitherto good character and at your trial many people took the time and effort to write about your character.”

The judge noted there were aggravating features in the matter, including the victim’s young age at the time of the offences, their repeated nature and how they had caused her trauma.

The victim had confronted Evans over the allegations about 10 years ago but did not take it further at that point.

Sion ap Mihangel, prosecuting, said the victim had attended a meeting involving child care and it had all come flooding back.

She complained to police in 2016 and Evans was later arrested.

Evans had denied the allegations and claimed they were all false.

October 2018

Man carried out serious sexual assaults on underage girl

A man has been warned to expect a jail sentence after he was found guilty of serious sexual assault charges by a jury.

Kelvin Gwynedd Evans had denied four charges and stood trial at Caernarfon Crown Court.

After a five day trial the jury found him guilty of two charges of indecent assault and one of inciting a girl to commit an act of gross indecency with him.

But Evans, 57, who lives in a caravan at Cennin View, Bryncir near Porthmadog, was cleared of a charge of rape.

The jury of five men and seven women had spent more than nine hours deliberating their verdicts.

Evans showed no emotion as the jury foreman announced the verdicts.

Sentence was adjourned for the preparation of reports.

Judge Huw Rees said: “I accede to the request for an adjournment for a pre-sentence report to be prepared that that doesn’t indicate what the sentence might be.

“I can tell you now it will be one of imprisonment.”

Evans was granted bail on condition he lives at his home address, surrender his passport and co-operate with the Probation Service in the preparation of the pre-sentence report.

The court heard the offences took place in the 1970s when Evans was still a teenager.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, complained to police in 2016 and Evans was later arrested.

Evans had claimed the allegations were false.

He will be sentenced in mid-November.