Colin Burke – Cwmfelinfach
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Paedophile who ‘took away girl’s childhood’ after grooming her is jailed
A sex predator who groomed a young girl and “took away her childhood” was jailed for more than three years.
Cardiff Crown Court heard how Colin Burke’s teenage victim suffers nightmares as a result of being abused by him.
The 50-year-old, of King Street, Cwmfelinfach, admitted nine counts of sexual activity with a child and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Prosecutor Gareth James read out the girl’s victim impact statement to the court.
The girl she said that she felt “like a ton of bricks had been lifted” when she spoke out about what had happened to her.
She said: “I have flashbacks. This scares me and makes me afraid. I am afraid of bumping into him (the defendant). I suffer from nightmares.
“I wish I had a magic wand to make it all go away. I feel like he has taken away my childhood.
“I am glad he pleaded guilty and admitted what he did to me was wrong.”
Matthew Roberts, representing Burke, said in mitigation: “He is distressed at the predicament he finds himself in. He suffers from depression and anxiety.”
Judge Niclas Parry told Burke he had “groomed” the girl and added: “This is a case of particular gravity. Your victim has been psychologically affected.”
He jailed the defendant for three years and four months and said he would have register as a sex offender for life and made him the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.
Burke will also have to pay a victim surcharge upon his release from custody.