July 2023

Man extradited from Spain is jailed for child sex offences

A 76-year-old man extradited from Spain has been jailed for 15 years for raping and sexually assaulting a girl, with the offences spanning almost a decade.

Robert Giles, of Calle Manuel de Falla, in Algorfa, Spain, appeared at Bristol Crown Court today (Friday 14 July) for sentencing after he pleaded guilty to 12 charges.

He was sentenced for four counts of sexually assaulting a child, a count of attempting to rape a child, one of raping a child under 13 and six counts of having sexual activity with a child.

The court heard how Giles subjected the child to years of abuse at a number of locations, including in Bristol.

The offences came to police attention in 2020 when a third party reported the incident to police. Following which two Avon and Somerset Police officers attended Giles’ home in Spain as part of a European Investigation Order.

They seized several items including laptops and phones.

He was arrested in January this year and then extradited from Spain in May, where he appeared before the court.

Along with his 15-year prison sentence, he was also handed a 20-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be a registered sex offender for life.