August 2013

Penycae sex offence man tried to take his own life

A MAN who had never been in any trouble before inexplicably exposed himself and indulged in an indecent act in front of a little girl.

When the girl told her parents what had happened, John Kevin Williams, 58, was confronted by them.

He admitted what he had done and then made a serious attempt to take his own life, a court was told.

Williams, of Hall Street, Penycae, near Wrexham, pleaded guilty to indulging in an indecent act in front of the child.

Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court, sent him on a community sex offender programme.

“This was quite inexplicable behaviour,” he said.

There was a great disparity in age.

“This is all about you putting your own sexual gratification above the welfare of a young child,” the judge said.

He had no previous convictions of a sexual nature, had pleaded guilty immediately and had admitted what he had done to the girl’s family when challenged.

Williams was contrite and clearly remorseful. The incident was short lived and he did not touch her.

There were no threats or coercion and he had displayed proper victim empathy.

Judge Parry said in the circumstances it was entirely appropriate he would protect the public and young girls in particular by passing a three year community order with supervision, under which Williams would attend a community group work sexual offenders’ programme.

He also made an order the defendant must not stay in a house even for one night where there was a child under the age of 16.

Williams was also placed on the sexual offenders’ register for the next five years.

Sion ap Mihangel, prosecuting, said the incident in June occurred when the defendant opened his trousers, exposed himself and indulged in an indecent act in the presence of the girl.

She later told her parents what he had done, and when confronted he admitted it.

The matter was reported to the police but before he could be arrested Williams made a concerted attempt to take his own life.

He was arrested in hospital on July 1 and when interviewed made full admissions.

Williams had been remanded in custody by magistrates who had been concerned for his welfare.

Stephen Edwards, defending, said: “He has lost everything, his home, his employment and his reputation. This is a man who is entirely broken.

“This moment of madness has already changed his life forever. He has paid a very heavy price for his actions.”