February 2015

Former policeman jailed for child sex attack

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A former North Wales policeman turned insurance agent has been jailed for sexually assaulting a child 20 years ago.

Antony Huws, 66, was sentenced to three years after he was convicted of attacking the girl twice when she was about five and seven-years-old.

Mold Crown Court heard today Huws committed sex acts with the girl – the daughter of a customer – while babysitting her.

Judge Niclas Parry ruled the sentence should be served consecutively to a seven-year sentence he is already serving for a £22m mortgage fraud.

A press photograph of the defendant after his fraud conviction prompted the girl he attacked to go to police.

After the jury returned their verdict today, it was revealed Huws had a previous conviction for indecently assaulting a boy after visiting his family to sell insurance.

In 1996 Chester Crown Court fined him after he admitted that offence.

Judge Parry told Huws, of Parc Tudor in Kinmel Bay but formerly of Holywell, he had committed wicked crimes he carried out as a “trusted family friend”.

The told him: “Clearly you used the access that you had in to people’s home in the course of your employment to satisfy your sexual urges to abuse young children.”

He ordered Huws sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

During the trial Huws denied attacking the girl in the early and mid 1990s.

He said he sold insurance to the girl’s step-father, had never been to his home and did not know he had a daughter.

Jurors heard he suffered from depression, was taking medication and did not have any sexual thoughts.

Huws suggested the girl was after compensation following publicity around Jimmy Saville.

He named another man who he said he believed could have been responsible.

However, police investigated the allegation and found the person concerned could not have committed the offences.

After conviction, Philip Astbury, defending, said a lot of water had passed under the bridge since the offences occurred.

He said his client wished the court to know that following the fraud conviction he had made 29 complaints against officers in that case.

After the case DC Katie Ellis of North Wales Police said: “This was a horrific crime committed by a man in a position of trust.

“We are pleased with the three-year sentence he has been given.

“North Wales Police will support the victims of such crimes and bring offenders to justice.”