September 2008


A TAXI driver who raped a 14-year-old girl in his cab was yesterday locked up for nine years.

David Andrew Roberts appeared before Caernarfon Crown Court yesterday for sentence.

He had been convicted of the terrifying attack on the schoolgirl, whom he picked up in a Caernarfon street, last month.

JudgeMerfyn Hughes QC told the 43-year-old he had been convicted on “overwhelming evidence” of rape.

The judge said: “You saw the 14-year-old girl and realised she was very drunk and you took advantage of her.

“You gave her a lift, a matter she was no doubt grateful for. But, during the journey, you became attracted to her and took her to an isolated area and forced her to carry out a sexual act.

“The offence is serious. You were in a position of trust as a taxi driver and you breached the trust a taxi driver owes to his passengers, especially vulnerable young persons.”

The judge said he took into account there was no violence involved in the incident and Roberts’ previous good character.

Roberts was told he would have to serve half his sentence and upon his release would have to report his address to the police for an indefinite period.

The judge also banned Roberts from ever working with children.

Roberts, of Bro Rhos, Bethel, Caernarfon, had denied both rape and sexual assault and claimed he had been the victim.

The court heard that the incident happened late on October 31 last year.

Roberts had spotted the girl wandering alone in Caernarfon after she got separated from friends during a night out.

The girl had been drinking and appeared to be drunk. Roberts told her it was too dangerous for her to be out alone in the early hours and said that he would take her home.

She told him she didn’t have any money, but he said he would take her anyway but, on the way, he started to touch her sexually.

On the outskirts of Llanberis he pulled into an industrial area, pushed her head into his crotch area, and forced her to indulge in a sex act.

The terrified girl got out and then walked for miles, not knowing where she was, before she was able to get help.

Roberts’ barrister John Wyn Williams said Roberts took a realistic viewthat he faced a lengthy jail sentence.

“He continues to deny the offence. It is still his position that he is the victim,” said Mr Williams