A MAN has been jailed for sexual "depravity" involving a child. 

Sean Jones, of Bagillt Road, Greenfield was convicted on March 22 by a jury of eight counts of sexual assault against a child. 

The 42-year-old appeared at Mold Crown Court on Wednesday (May 15) for sentencing. 

The court was told that Jones, who only had a previous driving offence dating back 20 years, sexually assaulted the victim on eight occasions.

A victim personal statement read out on behalf of the victim said she felt "terrified" of not being believed, and it bringing "horrible memories".

She added that the offences will "haunt me for the rest of my life", and that she doesn't like physical contact as it reminds of her what Jones did to her. 

Matthew Bolt, defending, said being imprisoned on remand ahead of the sentencing has been a "significant shock" for Jones, and that there had been significant delay in the case reaching the court.

Mr Bolt said there had been an "unacceptable" delay from when Jones was interviewed in early 2021 until his first appearance in court in November 2022 - which should have a bearing on the length of his prison sentence.

Judge Rhys Rowlands described the offences as "depravity", and Jones' behaviour as "appalling".

He jailed Jones for 11 years and he will have to serve seven years in custody before being eligible for parole.

Jones was also made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order, and a restraining order from the victim. 

Following the sentencing, investigating officer, Acting Detective Sergeant Janette Williams said: “Jones’ crimes have had a devastating impact on the victim. He has shown no remorse throughout the trial, while his behaviour and offending has had a lasting emotional impact upon the victim.

“I commend her for taking the incredibly brave step of reporting Jones' crimes to us, and for her dignity and strength throughout both trials. I also want to acknowledge the bravery of the witnesses who came forward to support this case.

“I welcome today’s lengthy sentence, which sends a clear message that violence against women and young girls will be punished and we will not stop in our efforts to bring perpetrators to justice."