Child rapist made victim pregnant during ‘campaign’ of sex attacks

A man subjected a young girl to a “campaign” of rapes and sexual abuse over a prolonged period.

The rapes resulted in the schoolgirl falling pregnant, the court was told.

Stephen Davies collapsed in the dock as he was jailed for 16 and-a-half years – the third time he had engaged in what the judge described as a “spectacular if not terribly convincing” behaviour.

Swansea Crown Court heard Davies repeatedly raped and assaulted his victim during the 1990s.

Craig Jones said the abuse was only reported to police in early 2019, and when arrested and cautioned 54-year-old Davies replied: “It didn’t happen.”

In an victim impact statement the woman said she still struggles to sleep at night thinking about what happened, and wishes she had gone to police ealier.

Davies, of Tyn Teg, Waunceirch, Neath, had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and three counts of indecent assault when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

Ian Ibrahim, for Davies, said it was accepted the defendant was facing a significant prison sentence, and it would be his first taste of custody.

He said the defendant was illiterate and had “limitations”, and suffered from a range of health problems including anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure.

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Judge Paul Thomas QC said Davies was responsible for a “campaign” of rape against his young victim, abuse which would have a life-long impact on her.

As he came to pass sentence the defendant slumped to the floor in the dock – the third such incident at recent hearings. Judge Thomas called it a “spectacular if not terribly convincing” incident, and once Davies had resumed his seat he continued with the sentencing.

Giving the defendant a one quarter discount for his guilty pleas the judge sentenced him to 16-and-a-half years in prison. Davies will serve up to half that period in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.

The defendant will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life, and was made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order to limit his access to children.

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Speaking after the sentencing South Wales Police detective inspector Carl Price said: “Our thoughts remain with the victim who has demonstrated tremendous bravery throughout this investigation

“Investigating sexual violence is a priority for South Wales Police and we are committed to investigating all reports of sexual abuse – regardless of when they occurred – in order to ensure that those who exploit the most vulnerable members of society are brought to justice.

“It is vitally important for us that victims have the confidence to report any incident of abuse to the police and that they will be treated with respect and dignity by our specialist officers.“We would urge anyone with concerns about child abuse to get in touch with us.”

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