September 2002

CHILD RAPIST JAILED FOR 10 YEARS

A VILE rapist who tied up and carried out “a campaign of sexual abuse” against a child has been jailed for 10 years. Clive Wakely, 37, subjected the child, who is under 16, to an “appalling catalogue of abuse” and tried to kill himself when he was found out. Before raping, Wakely sometimes tied the legs of his victim, who was also forced to suffer other painful and degrading assaults for his own indulgence.

When the youngster cried he just said `shut up and don’t be a baby’.

Wakely, from Glantaff Road, Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil, pleaded guilty to six specimen charges of rape, one of indecent assault and three of indecency with a child when he appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.

He denied a further three rape charges and one of indecency which will remain on the court file.

Prosecuting, Stephen Donaghue told the court that the offences came to light in July.

A police search for Wakely found him at a beach near Aberystwyth. He had attempted suicide by slashing his wrists.

He said when arrested: “I’ve just got to accept it, and put my hands up,” but said nothing during interview.

Describing them as grave crimes, Judge John Curran took the unusual step of sentencing the defendant, who had no previous convictions, without prepared reports.

Jailing Wakely, the judge told him his victim had been in fear of him, speaking up only in July.

He said that, in spite of tears and protests, Wakely had continued his campaign of abuse.

Judge Curran said the victim would have “absolutely horrific memories” of childhood. Tom Crowther, defending, said Wakely could not explain his conduct.

“He has pleaded guilty and by doing so has made the only possible apology, the only possible expression of remorse for what he has done” said Mr Crowther, adding that he had belatedly made what recompense he could by ensuring that the victim did not attend court to give evidence.