September 2013

Bargoed rapist jailed for past crimes

A PAEDOPHILE was jailed for a total of 15 years after admitting a string of historic sexual offences including three counts of rape.

Judge Philip Richards described the crimes of Robert Paul Lancaster as an “appalling catalogue of offences” which had left each of the four victims unable to enjoy the normal confidence of human beings due to Lancaster’s “selfish, self-gratifying behaviour at their expense”.

The court heard how one victim told police they had been indecently assaulted by Lancaster on “hundreds of occasions” and said that when they asked Lancaster to admit his crimes, the defendant replied that nothing could be proved and that he would “never spend a day inside”

Lancaster, 58, of Danygraig, Bargoed, appeared via video link at Cardiff Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to three counts of rape, four counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency.

Prosecutor Lucy Crowther said the offences had only come to light when one of the victims contacted the police which led to the other victims making complaints.

When Lancaster was arrested, he denied the offences and only pleaded guilty to the offences the day he was due to stand trial.

Ms Crowther read from victim impact statements in which one victim said they felt like their childhood and innocence had been taken away and that they now found it very difficult to trust people, in particular men.

Another said their life had been affected including sleeping and that they suffered from nightmares while a third victim said they felt mentally drained and that their life had been impacted physically and mentally.

A fourth victim said they hoped to be able to move on with their life after Lancaster had been sentenced.

Representing Lancaster, Jane Rowley said the defendant had been in a fragile mental state before making his guilty plea.

She said: “The best mitigation is his guilty pleas coupled with the obvious remorse.”

She added Lancaster was of previous good character and had suffered mental and physical health problems including undergoing a triple heart bypass in 2007.

She said he had also gone through a marital breakdown and had become socially isolated.

Judge Richards also ordered Lancaster to give notification of the particulars required by the Sexual Offences Act within three days of his release from prison and thereafter indefinitely.

Lancaster was also banned from working with children and made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order.