December 2007

Nine years in jail for paedophile

A PAEDOPHILE who took photographs with a mobile phone as he sexually abused a boy was jailed for nine years yesterday.

Robert Hardern, 40, showed “a complete lack of remorse” when quizzed by police, prosecutor Karl Scholz told Caernarfon Crown Court.

Hardern admitted sexual activity with a child, gross indecency and another serious sexual offence.

Judge Merfyn Hughes told Hardern, of Lawson Road, Colwyn Bay: “The consequences to him will be far-reaching indeed.”

Hardern was banned from working with children and must register as a sex offender for life.

Defence barrister Simon Mintz said Hardern made “substantial admissions.”

A pre-sentence report indicated a degree of remorse. He had acknowledged his guilt and the need for help.

Mr Scholz said at one stage, Hardern had claimed the victim propositioned him.