December 2019

Paedophile filmed eight-year-old girl naked in showers at Barry Island

A paedophile used his phone to film an eight-year-old girl taking a shower at Barry Island during a day out with her mum and dad.

Graham Jones, 76, recorded the child naked in the shower and then followed her to the climbing wall, pretending not to look when her mum glanced over in his direction.

Sentencing him at Cardiff Crown Court, Judge Michael Fitton QC said: “He has got a number of issues he has got to face up to.”

The court heard the incident happened at Barry Island beach just before 5pm on Saturday, September 14.

Jason Howells, prosecuting, said: “They had been at Barry Island beach all day.”

He said mum and daughter headed to the showers while dad went to the toilets.

Mr Howells said: “She saw a bright glint from above them and saw a man with a mobile phone pointed at her daughter, like he was taking a photograph or a video of them.”

The court heard the man looked away and pretended he was just leaning against a wall to make out he was not watching or filming, but the camera was still pointing at the child.

Prosecutors said the mother “felt uncomfortable about what had happened” and continued to keep an eye on the man.

Her daughter went to play on the climbing wall and she saw the same man watching children on the wall, apparently using his phone camera.

Mr Howells said: “He was staring at their daughter.”

The family went back to their car and called the police, who arrived and spoke to the defendant. An officer seized his phone, which was found to contain images of children.

Jones admitted being at the scene, but denied filming any children. He claimed he was making reports about the area for his local councillor and MP.

Mr Howells said the offending was aggravated by his similar previous convictions. Jones was released from a previous sentence in January and then recalled to prison.

The defendant, from Plassey Street in Penarth, admitted making an indecent image of a child.

Judge Fitton jailed him for 18 months and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. He made an order for the phone to be destroyed.