‘Predatory’ paedophile jailed after being caught in park near primary school
A serial paedophile previously caught with a bottle of chloroform and roll of tape in his bag was stopped in a park near a school.
Christian John, who is banned from more than 300 parks in Cardiff, was spotted in a recreational area where dozens of children were playing rugby.
Sentencing him at Cardiff Crown Court Judge Eleri Rees said: “He is a predator. He has been for many years.”
The court heard he was “loitering” at the park in Tonyrefail at around 1.30pm on May 21.
Kathryn Lane, prosecuting, said: “The defendant has been the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for some time.”
John was recognised by someone he had been to school with who became concerned when he saw him walking in the direction of a primary school five minutes away.
Prosecutors said there were around 100 children in the park, who were playing rugby sevens, and the defendant “lingered” and threw a ball back as it approached him.
Ms Lane told the court John had 46 offences on his record including five sexual offences and 15 breaches of sexual offence orders.
John, 43, from Lewis Street in Cardiff, is also known as John Christian Davies. The court heard he changed his name by deed poll.
Judge Rees described him as devious and manipulative, adding: “He knows exactly what he is doing in these parks.” John was jailed for 16 months.
Christian John’s record of offending
John is given a three-year probation order for indecently assaulting a boy.
He breaches that order and is sent to a young offender institution for 18 months.
The defendant is jailed for 21 months for grabbing a child, pulling him towards a wooded area and telling him: “I want to shag you.”
John is jailed for 30 months for breaching a sexual offender order after being caught with a bottle of chloroform, syringe, roll of sticky tape, 10in knife, and camera in his bag.
He is given a 12-month community order for breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) by going within 15m of a school.
The defendant is jailed for 12 months for breaching the SHPO four times by being in a play area and having alcohol.
John is jailed for three months for another breach and possessing an offensive weapon.
He is given a community order for breaching a restraining order.
The defendant is jailed for 22 months for a further breach, this time being drunk and watching children in a park.
John approaches a young child and whispers in his ear in a public place. He is caught with a knife and a camera.
He is jailed for 75 days for four counts of making indecent images of children.
He is jailed for two years for sexual assault after grabbing a boy’s wrist and trying to kiss him.
He is jailed for two years for approaching an eight-year-old boy in the Mill Road park in Ely and saying: “You come with me now.”
Judge Eleri Rees imposes a new order preventing him from going within 50m of any public recreational area in Cardiff – as defined by a list of more than 300 areas.
He is jailed for six months for breaching the SHPO in Roath Park.
The order is amended to allow him nearer specific parks to help the Probation Service to find him accommodation.
He is jailed for two years for loitering in Roath Park on a bike.