March 2010

Man jailed for raping 14 year old schoolgirl

A MAN was jailed for six years yesterday for raping a 14-year-old girl at a party.

Mervyn Howell, 29, fled after confessing to his brother who called in police.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that when officers found him hiding in a bus shelter, Howell began shouting: “What have I done?” Howell of Ely, Cardiff, admitted rape and was ordered to register as a sex offender and banned from working with children indefinitely.

Judge David Morris said Howell represented a “high risk to young women”.

He told him: “You took advantage of a young sexually naive girl.”