North Wales paedophile once described as one of Europe’s “most wanted” jailed for 23 years
A North Wales paedophile who was described as being one of Europe’s “most wanted” has been sentenced to 23 years in prison today.
David Daniel Hayes, 40, from Llanrwst, Conwy county, went on the run following his first court appearance on child sex offence charges in 2015.
Hayes a former Bangor City press officer who had previously lived in Buckley was arrested last July by Spanish police in the City of Granada where he had been teaching English privately under an assumed name.
Hayes has been jailed today for 23 years at Mold Crown Court, he was found guilty on February 19 of 12 charges including child rape, sexual assault against children and inciting them to engage in sexual acts.
Justice catches up with child rapist who was one of Europe’s most wanted criminals
A man who tried to evade justice by fleeing abroad has been found guilty of raping and abusing very young children.
David Hayes, a former press officer at Bangor City Football Club, had denied 12 charges including child rape, sexually assaulting children aged 10 or under, and inciting them to engage in sexual acts.
Hayes, of Bridge Street in Llanrwst, carried out the abuse over a three-year period.
A jury of four men and eight women at Mold Crown Court took less than three hours to find him guilty of all charges.
One count had earlier been formally taken away from the jury when it emerged it had been duplicated on the indictment.
As the foreman gave guilty verdicts to each charge, there were sobs from the public gallery and one person mouthed the words “thank you” to the jury as they were led out.
Hayes stood with his hands on his head and shook his head as the 12 guilty verdicts were given to the court.
As Judge Rhys Rowlands told the jury that Hayes’ absconding to Spain had delayed the trial, he sat with his head in his hands.
The judge said: “He was trying to avoid responsibility for these frankly revolting acts.
“It’s ridiculous he can delay proceedings and I can only give him 12 months for it.
“You have been convicted on compelling evidence – guilty of the most serious offences against very young and very vulnerable children.
“In due course, you will be held to account but you can prepare yourself for a very lengthy custodial sentence.”
Hayes was due to enter a plea to the charges at Mold Crown Court in December 2015, but he fled to Spain and was found working as an English teacher under an assumed name in Granada in July last year.
He was extradited to the UK to face the original charges.
Hayes was once one of Europol’s most wanted people and North Wales Police issued a number of appeals for sightings of him, including an item on Crimewatch.
Judge Rowlands adjourned sentencing until Tuesday, March 26, in order for probation reports and up to date victim impact statements to be compiled.