Oct 2010

Newport man jailed for “campaign of indecency” against underage girls

A FORMER catering boss was jailed for ten and a half years after waging a “campaign of indecency” against several underage girls.

Kenneth Davies, 72, of Fisher Close, Newport, had denied ten counts of indecent assault on a child and three counts of sexual assault on a girl under 16, but was convicted following a trial at Newport Crown Court last week.

Prosecutor Steven Donoghue outlined the case to the court and explained how the offences related to three girls.

Defending Davies, Caroline Rees said a custodial sentence would have a devastating effect on him because of his age and discomfort in his hip.

She asked the court to take into consideration he was of previous good character and had worked throughout his life with different catering businesses.

Judge Eleri Rees called the acts a “campaign of indecency” against young girls and accused Davies of grooming the girls.

She added that throughout the trial, Davies had shown little remorse for his crimes and the girls will probably find them difficult to come to terms with.

Davies was sentenced to a total of six and a half years for the 10 counts of indecent assault and a further four years in total for three charges of sexual assault on a girl under 16. This brings Davies’ total sentence to 10 and a half years and he will also sign the sex offenders’ register for life.