August 2022

Businessman jailed for sex offences against girl showed no remorse

A businessman has been jailed for sex offences against a vulnerable girl who was “severely incapacitated” by alcohol.

James McGeown, 65, of Commonhall Street, Chester, was jailed at Caernarfon Crown Court for six years for attempted rape, plus five years each for two indecent assaults, which will run concurrently.

Prosecutor Elen Owen said the defendant had been convicted of attempted rape and two counts of indecent assault by a majority verdict following a trial. 

His victim had struggled to form relationships and has depression, the court heard.

The Recorder Wyn Lloyd-Jones told McGeown that the victim had been drinking and was “in any view particularly vulnerable”. There was also a huge difference in ages between the two of them, he said.

He had not administered the alcohol but had shown no remorse for the offences to a probation officer and they were his own fault, said the judge. He added: “I do accept you have lost everything because of these offences and the convictions. But make no mistake – you committed these offences and you are responsible for everything that flows from them.”

Sending McGeown to jail, he told him he would also be on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.