Feb 2007

Man jailed for sex with underage girl

A NEWPORT man was jailed for two years after he had unlawful sex with a girl, a court heard.

David Jones, 44, of Alexandra Road, Newport, admitted a charge of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and was jailed for two years at Cardiff Crown Court.

Judge David Wynn Morgan told him that on the evening in question, in September, “you were very drunk. When you returned home and after also smoking cannabis you began to have sex with this girl.

“You expressed a great deal of shame and embarrassment and believed the girl was consenting. You have no previous convictions for sexual offences.”

Prosecutor David Webster said that Jones had gone to a Newport club that night.

Mr Webster said: “Large quantities of alcohol were being consumed and there were certain tensions. A fight broke out involving Jones who was caught up innocently.”

A number of people, including the girl, returned to his flat and they were later disturbed by someone who was “surprised and alarmed to find them having sex”.

When arrested, Jones claimed the girl initiated the advances and he believed she was consenting.

In mitigation, the court heard that Jones had shown immediate remorse and that when he was disturbed he stopped.

It was also said that Jones had led a family-orientated life and is not attracted to young people. The court was also told this was an isolated incident.”

Jones was ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years on his release and banned from working with children for life.