May 2008

OAP abused girl after wine session

A 68-year-old man sexually abused a tenage girl after they had drunk two bottles of his home-made wine.

David Goulden, of Bryncoch, Ebbw Vale, admitted a charge of sexual activity with a child at Newport Crown court.

Prosecutor Meirion Davies said that Goulden, who had no previous convictions was with the girl on the night of July 25 and together they drank two bottles of home-made wine.

The court heard how the 14-year-old girl who was drunk and distressed explained to her parents what had happened and shortly after David Goulden was arrested.

Goulden’s DNA was later found on the girl’s bra.

When arrested Goulden denied the offence but admitted he had allowed the girl to drink an excessive amount of alcohol.

His counsel Geoffrey Jones said: “He is a man who has a long standing history of serious health problems.”

Judge roderick Denyer said: “In the context of indecency offences this was not the most serious.”

He said he didn’t have some of the aggravating features associated with such offences though his behaviour had been “thoroughly reprehensible”.

Goulden was made subject to a community order involving 12 months supervision.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for five years and to pay costs of £200.