January 2020

Predatory paedophile made young victims ‘swear pinky promise’ not to reveal abuse

A sex offender made his young victims “swear a pinky promise” not to tell anybody about the abuse, a court has heard.

A judge described David Jones – who used to be known as John Powell until he changed his name – as a “sexual predator of children” over many years.

Jones, who is currently serving a sentence for sexual offences, returned to the dock of Swansea Crown Court after a new victim came forward.

Nigel Fryer, prosecuting, said the fresh offending related to the 1990s when Jones sexually abused a young boy aged under 10 at locations in Neath and Carmarthenshire 

He said Jones performed sex acts on the child and made the boy perform sex acts on him. Mr Fryer said the defendant told his victim not tell any adults about what was going on, making the boy “swear a pinky promise” to keep the secret.

The court heard the victim tried to “lock away” the experience of his boyhood until he confided in his partner in 2013 and then decided to conduct his own “investigations” to find Jones.

The prosecutor said when the victim later became a father himself, that triggered his decision to go to the police and report his abuser.

Jones, aged 46, a serving prisoner at Usk prison, Monmouth, had previously pleaded guilty to gross indecency with a child and indecent assault of a child when he appeared for sentencing.

In an impact statement read to the court by the prosecutor the victim described the devastating effect of the abuse on his life.

He said at the time he had found the experience “confusing” but knew it was not right. As he grew older and came to realise exactly what had happened he said he felt ashamed and  said he had lived with a sense of “shame and embarrassment” ever since.

He said since becoming a father he suffers nightmares that somebody is sexually abusing his children in front of him and he can do nothing to stop it. He said the nightmares were so vivid “I wake up screaming”.

The court heard Jones – under his original name of Powell – was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing five girls in offences where he again made them swear pinky promises. He was made the subject of an extended sentence as a dangerous offender.

Jones was released on licence after two years but soon recalled to prison after contacting a fellow inmate he had met in prison and has been in prison ever since. He was due to be released from this sentence later this year. The court heard the defendant also has a previous conviction for sexually abusing a young boy.

Judge Paul Thomas QC told Jones that over the course of many years he had proved himself to be “a sexual predator of children of both sexes” and to have a “lust for young children”.

He said the case was not a simple one to sentence because he had to take into account the previous dangerousness sentence Jones had received, changes in the law since the offending, and the lower sentences that were applicable at the time.

Jones was made the subject of a seven-year extended sentence comprising six years in custody and an extra one-year licence period.

He can apply for release at the halfway point of the six years but will only be released if the authorities deem him no longer to be a risk.

He will be on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life and be subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order to control his access to children.