April 2019

Man who raped teenager jailed

An NHS worker who took a £90 taxi from a night out in Cardiff to Swansea where he raped an underage girl has been jailed for seven years.

Paul Ceri Clement was told by Judge Peter Heywood that his actions on May 24, 2017, “clearly had a significant effect” on his victim, who had given evidence against the 39-year-old from the dock of Swansea Crown Court.

The NHS employee, of Richard Street in Maerdy, Rhondda, had denied a count of rape and two counts of sexual assault but was found guilty by a jury last month.

The court had been told his co-accused, William L’Homme, had travelled with Clement after the pair had spent a night out in Cardiff where they had been to a number of pubs and a casino.

They left the city at around 2am to travel to Swansea, having exchanged messages with two girls on a social media app.

L’Homme, 33, also of Richard Street in Maerdy, had denied causing or inciting a girl under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity and was found not guilty.

During the trial the court heard the two men met up with the two teenage girls who led them into the grounds of a school.

The jury heard Clement was described as “being pushy” by asking one of the girls to perform a number of sex acts on him. He exposed himself to her and attempted to force her to perform a sex act but the girl “refused to get involved in anything sexual with a man considerably older than her”.

Clement’s teenage victim had told police after the incident how Clement had pinned her arms back prompting her eventually to “give up”.

She said: “It was going to happen – there is no point in trying to stop it now.

“He had already decided that ‘No’ was not the answer for him so what was the point?”

Prosecutor Andrew Davies told the court that Clement had said: “Come on. She (the alleged victim’s friend) promised and she is not doing anything.

“You can’t do that as well. That is not fair. We have come all the way down here and spent £90 on a taxi and it is for nothing.”

The court heard the girl then went for a walk with Clement at which point he raped her.

During a police interview following his arrest Clement told officers he could not remember what messages had been exchanged between himself and the girls but admitted “it must have been something sexual to leave Cardiff and go to Swansea”.

He also added in his interview: “I thought my luck was in… I asked William to come with me. I did not want to go on my own. It is a long way to go on your own.

“It was the early hours of the morning, it could have been a set-up, someone trying to get me there, trying to mug me, beat me up or whatever, so I did not go on my own.”

Clement was jailed for seven years on Monday.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register and was disqualified from working with children and vulnerable adults and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

March 2019

Man got £90 taxi from Cardiff to Swansea before raping underage girl

A man on a night out got a £90 taxi from Cardiff to Swansea to meet two underage girls before raping one of them.

Paul Clement’s teenage victim told police after the incident how he had pinned her arms back prompting her eventually to “give up”.

She said: “It was going to happen, there is no point in trying to stop it now.

“He had already decided that ‘no’ was not the answer for him so what was the point?”

The 39-year-old had been on a night out in Cardiff with friend William L’Homme, 33, on the night of May 24, 2017, a court heard.

The pair had spent the hours before heading to Swansea messaging the teenage girls, whom they had never met, via a social media messaging app.

Swansea Crown Court heard the pair met up with the two teenage girls who led them into the grounds of a school.

Clement, a jury heard, was “being pushy” by asking one of the girls to perform a number of sex acts on him. He exposed himself to her and attempted to force her to perform a sex act but the girl “refused to get involved in anything sexual with a man considerably older than her”.

Prosecutor Andrew Davies said Clement had said: “Come on. She [the alleged victim’s friend] promised and she is not doing anything.

“You can’t do that as well. That is not fair. We have come all the way down here and spent £90 on a taxi and it is for nothing.”

The court was told the girl then went for a walk with Clement at which point he raped her.

During a police interview following his arrest Clement told officers he could not remember what messages had been exchanged between himself and the girls but admitted “it must have been something sexual to leave Cardiff and go to Swansea”.

He also added in his interview: “I thought my luck was in… I asked William to come with me. I did not want to go on my own. It is a long way to go on your own.

“It was the early hours of the morning, it could have been a set-up, someone trying to get me there, trying to mug me, beat me up or whatever, so I did not go on my own.”

Clement, of Richard Street in Maerdy, Rhondda, denied rape and two counts of sexual assault but on Friday was found guilty by a jury of all three counts.

L’Homme, 33 and also of Richard Street in Maerdy, was found not guilty of causing or inciting a girl under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity after denying the charge.

After the verdicts were announced Clement began hyperventilating in the dock and Judge Peter Heywood ordered he should be taken immediately for medical attention.

He will be sentenced at a later date.