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Narberth man ‘demonstrated an unhealthy interest in young girls’

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A PEMBROKESHIRE man in his 60s sent messages to what he believed to be four different young girls, but they turned out to be three different paedophile hunters and a police officer working undercover, Swansea Crown Court has heard.

Robert Daye asked the youngsters for photographs of them in their school uniforms, talked about performing sex acts on them, and told one of them he wanted to put her over his knee and spank her.

Helen Randall, prosecuting, told the court that in August last year Daye started communicating what appeared to be an online profile belonging to a 13-year-old girl.

Over the following fortnight, the defendant sent a series of messages during which he sent the girl a picture of his erect penis and asked if she wanted to play with it, said he wanted to have sex with her, and told her he wanted to put her over his knee and spank her.

The prosecutor said the profile Daye was communicating with was being operated by a police officer. As a result of the messages, the defendant was arrested on September 4 and answered “no comment” to all questions asked before being released on bail.

The court heard Daye resumed his online activities in the summer of this year when he sent messages to what he thought were three 13-year-old girls – these accounts were being run by members of groups set up to target sex offenders. During the conversations with these profiles, the defendant talked about the girls’ breasts, described the kinds of sex acts he wanted to perform on them, and again asked for photographs of the children in school uniforms.

On July 4 members of one of the paedophile hunter groups arranged to meet Daye – after confronting him at the rendezvous, they called the police. Read about a man who burnt girlfriend with cigarette, stamped on her face and broke her jaw here.

Robert Daye, aged 63, of Cold Blow, Narberth, had previously pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted sexual communication with a child when he appeared in the dock for sentencing. He has one previous conviction from 1986 for an unrelated offence.

Dan Griffiths, for Daye, said it was accepted there was a degree of persistence to the defendant’s offending which had continued after his arrest and release on bail, and that his client had “demonstrated an unhealthy interest in young girls”. He said it was clear from the pre-sentence report into Daye that the digger driver was a “somewhat isolated man” who had enjoyed “few emotionally intimate relationships, and whose life had been characterised by prolonged periods of loneliness”. The advocate invited the court to find there was a realistic prospect of rehabilitation in his client’s case.

Judge Geraint Walters told Daye he had had the “gall” to continue offending even while under investigation by the police. He said though there seemed to be differences within the pre-sentence report as to the level of risk the defendant posed, he was prepared to follow its recommendations. With a discount for his guilty pleas, Daye was sentenced to 15 months in prison suspended for two years, and he was ordered to complete a rehabilitation course and Maps for Change sex offender’s programme. He will be a registered sex offender for the next years 10 years and will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for the same length of time.

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A FISHGUARD man accused of three counts of making indecent images of a child and one charge of possessing a prohibited image of a child will stand trial.

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James Francis of High Street, Fishguard, appeared to face the charges at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on September 20.

The court heard how 27-year-old Francis is accused of being in possession of a prohibited image of a child on June 24, 2020.

The three charges of making indecent images of children relate to a period of time between March 1, 2018 and June 25, 2020.

Francis is accused of making 148 indecent images/ pseudo-photos of children in category C, one in category B and 2 in category A.

The case was sent to crown court for trial.

No plea was entered for the charges.

The defendant was released on unconditional bail to appear at Swansea Crown Court on October 19.

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More than £700 worth of vapes stolen from store

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at a store in St David’s, where vapes to the value of more than £700 were taken.

At approximately 2am on Thursday, September 1, a window in the front doors of CK’s store was smashed through by two males.

Once inside, the males took a number of vapes worth approximately £720.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. 

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. 

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DPP/6886/01/09/2022/02/C.

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Man accused of child rape has case delayed due to barristers’ strike

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THE CASE of a Cardigan man accused of raping a girl under the age of 13 has been delayed due to barristers’ strike action.

Nathan Edwin William Griffiths, 32, of Golwg-y-Castell, Cardigan, is alleged to have raped the young girl on two occasions between January 19, 2014 and January 20, 2015.

However, the Swansea Crown Court hearing on Wednesday (Sept 9), where a plea was expected, had to be postponed until November due to the strike.

If he pleads not guilty by then, Griffiths’ four-day trial will proceed on February 27.  Griffiths was released on bail.

Barristers working on criminal cases say they are on strike because they have seen deep cuts to their income after government changes to the legal aid system.

Many have quit publicly funded legal aid work, leading to “legal aid deserts”. Barristers who remain say they can no longer survive on the fees and that the criminal justice system is almost at a standstill.

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) said a government offer of a 15% uplift in fees, which was the minimum increase recommended by the criminal legal aid review, was insufficient and would not apply to the backlog of 58,000 cases in crown courts.

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