September 2013

Shropshire sex case man banned from keeping animals


A registered paedophile has been banned from keeping animals after admitting two charges of sexual activity with a horse and dogs

Graham Redfearn, of no fixed abode, had previously admitted two charges of sexual activity with a horse and dogs and two charges of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Redfearn was yesterday given a Sexual Offenders Prevention Order for 10 years, a Community Supervision Order for three years and entered on to a Community Sex Offending Programme when he appeared for sentencing at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

The 41-year-old, who had been placed on the Sexual Offender’s Register in 1998 after admitting gross indecency with a five-year-old child, was also told he could not have access to the internet, would not be allowed to own or keep animals and, if offered work with animals within the next five years, he must make the employer aware of his offences.

Mr Phillip Beardwell, prosecuting, said that Redfearn was living in a caravan, on a small holding near Wem, when his landlady told police there had been a burglary on her premises.

“They attended and saw the defendant who they arrested on suspicion of burglary,” said Mr Beardwell.

“As a result of this, police searched his caravan where they found mobile phones which contained pornographic images.”

Mr Beardwell added: “All the activity was filmed on camera, with commentary, and it appears this was not just for his benefit.”

The court heard that three further videos were found which showed Redfearn abusing a horse called Ambrose.

“He claimed he was experimenting,” said Mr Beardwell.

“This is not the case. He did it for his own gratification.”

It was revealed in court that the night before Redfearn’s court appearance he had placed an advert on social networking site Facebook looking for work as a groom or stablehand.

“He did this,” said Mr Beardwell, “despite being aware that he was to appear in court for sentencing. It is clear that this defendant continues to show an interest in animals.”

Mr Steven Scully, for Redfearn, said that his client had been abused as a child.

“He is deeply ashamed of what he has done,” said Mr Scully.

Sentencing Redfearn, Judge Peter Barrie said: “There are unhappy factors in your background that contributed to these offences. There is no evidence that you were disseminating the images in any way or that the animals were distressed.”

December 2007

Judge tells paedophile “You’ve no idea of the risk you pose to young girls”

A CONVICTED paedophile who went on the run from police was locked up for nearly three years yesterday after he was caught thanks to the Daily Post. 

Graham Walker Redfearn was arrested after his photograph was published. 

Redfearn, 35, whose last address was a hotel in Holyhead, was subject to a 20-year long sexual offences prevention order which banned him from working with children. 

He is also banned from allowing any child to enter his home, cannot live where there are children, and must not seek to communicate with youngsters. 

But Caernarfon Crown Court heard yesterday he had breached the order several times since it was imposed in March last year. 

And when he was arrested he had befriended a group of four teenage girls in Gwynedd. 

He pleaded guilty to breaching the order. 

Jailing him for a total of 33 months the judge, Merfyn Hughes QC, said: “In my judgement what you have done in the last two years or so is a deliberate act to seek the company of young girls to develop a friendship, to groom them for sexual purposes. 

You have no insight of the riskyoupose to girls and unless you are prevented you will carry out your intent to sexually assault one of them. 

“There is a great deal of concern regarding your future intentions given a clear pattern is emerging.” 

Simon Medland, prosecuting, said Redfearn was jailed in 1998 at Stafford Crown Court for gross indecency with a young child. 

After his release from prison he had moved to North Wales and had been prosecuted three times for failing to notify police of his address. 

Last year magistrates at Llandudno imposed the 20-year sexual offences prevention order to protect the public. 

But Redfearn broke the order and fled, leading to a warrant being issued by Caernarfon Crown Court. 

Since he absconded he had made friends with another group of young people by telling a parent he had worked for a well-known showjumping family. 

Mr Medland added: “He was asked to help find the family a pony for a 13-year old girl. He did so and helped her learn to ride. He was trusted by the family and is known to have played hide and seek in the wood swith a group of youngsters. 

“It was the mother of one of the girls who recognised his photo.” 

John Wyn Williams, defending, asked the judge to adjourn sentence so Redfearn could undergo assessment by the Probation Service at a bail hostel. 

Rejecting the request the judge said the offences were so serious an immediate jail term was the only appropriate sentence. 

November 2007

One of North Wales’ most wanted paedophiles behind bars

A CONVICTED paedophile who went on the run was behind bars last night – after his picture was splashed in the Daily Post.

The Daily Post printed Graham Walker Redfearn’s photograph on Saturday and a member of the public on Anglesey recognised him the day after and alerted police.

Redfearn was arrested near Mona on Sunday night, and appeared beforeCaernarfon Crown Court yesterday charged with breaking a sexual offences prevention order.

He pleaded guilty to breaching the order, and faces jail when he is sentenced later this month.

And it emerged yesterday that Redfearn had worked at a children’s play centre on Anglesey – a matter Social Services officials said was “hugely concerning”.

Redfearn, from the Conwy area, was jailed in 1998 at Stafford Crown Court for gross indecency with a young child.

He was placed under a 20-year sexual offences prevention order to protect the public.

Redfearn had also made two under-age girls pregnant.

He was banned from allowing any child to enter his home, could not live where there were children, and was not allowed to seek to communicate with children.

The order, however, did not prevent him from going into shops.

Magistrates last year heard a woman alleged Redfearn had acted strangely towards her son’s 14-year-old girlfriend.

He would follow her with his eyes and had once kissed her and tried to put his tongue in the shocked teenager’s mouth.

He had also watched an eight-year-old girl playing in a neighbour’s garden.

One officer said Redfearn’s behaviour “shows a propensity for offending against impressionable and vulnerable young people”.

Magistrates said the prevention order was necessary “to protect the public from serious sexual harm.”

But Redfearn absconded after breaking his prevention order, leading to a warrant being issued by Caernarfon Crown Court.

The Daily Post exclusively revealed on Saturday how Redfearn was still on the run, along with a suspected rapist who also fled while on bail.

The reader who recognised Redfearn, who is also from Anglesey, said: “I knew who he was straight away – there was no question about it.”

Before his conviction, Redfearn worked at a children’s play centre in Marianglas, Anglesey, although the centre closed a number of years ago.

The centre, called Puffin Billy’s, was attended by children under the care of the island’s Social Services department, although a spokesman said no-one was in danger during the time.

An Anglesey County Council spokesman said: “The children and young people who attended were always accompanied by members of staff and we have absolutely no reason to believe that they came to any harm whilst using the facility.

“As employers, the facility’s owners had a responsibility to ensure that all staff underwent Criminal Records Bureau checks.

“Although we have no evidence to suggest that Redfearn was employed at Puffin Billy’s during the time we made use of it, it is still hugely concerning to think that such a person could have been working in close proximity to children and young people.”