March 2010

Paedophile was freed to prey on young girls

A Gwendraeth Valley paedophile who sexually assaulted two young girls in the Ammanford area has been sent to prison indefinitely.

Philip Gareth Bryan, of Gwendraeth Road in Pontyberem, had previously been jailed for committing almost identical crimes in England in 1997.

Judge Peter Heywood made Bryan the subject of a special sentence of imprisonment for public protection.

“You are clearly a danger to pre-pubescent girls,” the Judge told Bryan.

Bryan, aged 46, had admitted a number of sexual offences at an earlier hearing at Swansea Crown Court.

He also pleaded guilty to making and possessing pornographic images of children.

James Jenkins, prosecuting, told the court that Bryan was jailed by Reading Crown Court in 1997 for sex offences against young girls, but after his release he moved to Wales and carried out a series of sex attacks on the two girls, both aged under 13.

Police discovered child pornography on Bryan’s computer when they raided the registered sex offender’s home.

The court heard that Bryan was “incredibly frank” about his activities.

“He is an intelligent man who unfortunately has been unable to control the very strong feelings he has towards young children,” said defence barrister Patrick Griffiths, in mitigation.

“He’s not a man in denial, and he has expressed a continuing desire to try to achieve some form of rehabilitation.”

Judge Peter Heywood, sentencing, said Bryan had continued to commit sex offences against young girls despite completing various courses in prison aimed at controlling his urges.

The judge said Bryan’s offending in the Amman Valley was “almost a mirror image” of his offending in England in the 1990s.

“You are dangerous in the sense that you pose a significant risk of either physical or psychological harm to young girls by the commission of further offences of this nature,” he told Bryan.

The judge said the sentence is for public protection and means Bryan will serve at least four years before becoming eligible to apply for release.

But Bryan would not necessarily be freed at that stage, said the judge. He would only be released if the Parole Board considered it safe for this to happen.