August 2010

Abertillery child sex attacker jailed

A VALLEYS man described as having “distorted views” about sex with young girls was jailed for five years.

Dean Webber, 27, of Castle Street, Abertillery, appeared at Newport Crown Court to be sentenced after being found guilty at a trial on June 24 of three counts of sexual activity with a child and two counts of rape.

The court heard Webber first sexually touched the girl, who cannot be named, as she slept in bed in 2007.

He then went on to attack her a further four times between 2007 and 2008 before she told a neighbour and then her brother what had happened and the matter was reported to police.

Webber denied the offences, saying he had no idea why the girl was saying such things about him.

Sarah Waters, prosecuting, told the court the girl’s mother said her daughter took an overdose as a result of what happened.

In January 2008, the defendant was found guilty of of obtaining children without lawful authority, after two teenage girls reported missing were found hiding in his bedroom wardrobe.

Caroline Rees, defending, said her client had suffered a serious head injury some time ago during an assault, which meant he had trouble expressing himself.

Judge Eleri Rees said he was a potential danger to young girls and had “distorted views” of about sex with young girls.

Webber was sentenced to five years for each offence, to be served concurrently for the five offences.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for an indefintate period.