Prestatyn man jailed for ten years for historic sex offences


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

A NORTH Wales man has been jailed for ten years after he was convicted of sex offences against young girls more than ten years ago.

Timothy Brian Roberts, aged 44, from Exeter Close in Prestatyn, did not accept the verdicts of the jury at an earlier hearing, Mold Crown Court was told.
He had pleaded not guilty to attempted rape and sexual assaults against girls who were aged under eight.

In addition to the ten year sentence, he was placed on the sex offender register for life.
Judge Niclas Parry also made a life-time SOPO (sexual offences prevention order) which severely restricts his future contact with children.

It also bans him from ever approaching his victims again.

Judge Parry told him that he had been convicted of very serious sexual offending against young children.

One victim had given graphic evidence of an attempted rape upon her.

“She was obviously being hurt and was shouting out in pain,” he said.

The victims had been forced to re-live what had happened to them in court and he could receive no credit for a plea. He had shown no remorse.

Judge Parry said that the disparity in age was great.

On the other hand, the defendant was a man of good character, there had been no real threats of violence and no violence had in fact been used.

There had not even been a threat to them not to report the matter.

The attempted rape was brief.

“You could have carried on but you did not,” the judge told him.

The defendant had not offended for the last ten years and the judge said that following an assessment of the defendant by the probation service he was satisfied that a determinate sentence was appropriate.

Simon Mintz, defending, stressed that the defendant was a man of good character.
He had some learning difficulties with which he had always struggled.

Roberts also suffered from epilepsy which would make the prison sentence harder to bear.

His client had found it hard to come to terms with the convictions of the jury in May and did not accept them, he said.

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