Sept 2002

Apprentice is locked up for sex attack

AN APPRENTICE electrician described as “a danger to women and young girls” was locked up for three years for a series of sex offences.

Cardiff crown court heard that on one occasion, 20-year-old Kevin Richards attacked a 15-year-old girl in Cwmbran, forced her to the ground and touched almost every part of her.

Richards, a man with no previous convictions, of Gileston Walk, St Dials, Cwmbran, admitted one charge of indecent assault and three of indecent exposure. He was sent to a young offenders’ institution.

Judge David Wynn Morgan told him: “The 15-year-old was obliged to defend herself and she believed you intended to rape her. You are a danger to women and young girls, and I’ve reached the firm conclusion that only custody can be justified.”

He banned Richards from working with children and ordered him on his release to register as a sex offender for life.

Prosecutor Ronald Christie said that on March 27 a woman was waiting for a bus near the police training college in Cwmbran, when she saw Richards across the road, staring at her, before indecently exposing himself.

Three days later in the same area he grabbed the 15-year-old by the shoulders, dragged her along the ground, and as he tried to pull down his trousers, indecently assaulted her.

“She kicked her legs, flailed her arms and screamed. He fled towards Blenheim shops,” said Mr Christie.

He added that on May 9 in Maendy Road, Cwmbran, he exposed himself to two 15-year-old girls.

Mr Christie said: “When the police arrested him he said he had a problem because he felt compelled to expose himself to women.

“Sometimes, he said, he had been chased from the scene.”

Peter Harding Roberts, defending, said: “He accepts the indecent assault was appalling and outrageous, that the girl was terrified and frozen with fear.

“Her account of what happened is not challenged.”

He said Richards recognised he was a danger, was frightened at what he might do in the future and desperately needed help.