A MAN from Rhyl who threatened to disclose sexual imagery of one woman, and repeatedly assaulted another and her dog, has been jailed.

Gordon Watts, 35, of East Parade, was sentenced to two years and two months’ imprisonment at Mold Crown Court today (June 3).

He had previously admitted charges of assault, breaching a restraining order, causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, voyeurism, threatening to disclose private sexual photographs, and cannabis possession.


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Prosecuting, Joshua Gorst told the court that, in early 2021, a verbal argument with a female led to him threatening forcing her against a wall and squeezing her throat.

Then, in July of that year, another argument ensued between them, during which Watts threatened to “ruin her life” and share sexually explicit videos of her, some of which she was unaware he had filmed.

Police were informed, and when officers attended his address, they also discovered Watts in possession of cannabis.

Several days later, Watts was also made subject to a four-year restraining order, preventing him from contacting another female.

But he breached this order on April 15 of this year when he pressed the buzzer of her flat building, purporting to be a neighbour who had lost their key.

Upon entering her flat, he repeatedly punched her dog in the head until it was bleeding, and when she tried to intervene, she was assaulted by Watts herself.

She ran to her bedroom, but Watts followed her in and continued to assault her.

Police were called that evening, and officers found him hiding in the flat.

In a statement, the woman who Watts threatened to share private photos of said she “lost friends and self-respect through Gordon”, and feels “intimidated by him”.

The second woman said that being assaulted by Watts “felt like my head had been run over by a bus” and that the incident left her “psychologically drained”.

“I honestly feel, if he is released, he will kill me,” she added.

Defending Watts, who had 28 previous convictions for 61 offences, Richard Edwards said his client apologises for his behaviour, which he himself is “disgusted” by.

Mr Edwards said his client, who suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, has no desire to contact or see either victim ever again, and also wants to stop his cannabis dependency.

Watts also wrote a letter of apology, which he read aloud during the hearing – extracts from it read: “I am so disappointed in myself. I am so sorry to the victims, and I accept I need professional help.”

Sentencing, Judge Timothy Petts told Watts that he is a “high-risk” individual.

“Overall, this is a very concerning case,” he added.

New restraining orders were imposed, prohibiting Watts from contacting either victim by any means necessary, entering or attending any part of premises where they reside, going within 100 metres of any such address, or referring to them on social media, indefinitely.

The drugs and mobile phone seized from Watts were ordered to be forfeited and destroyed, while he will also pay a statutory surcharge.