January 2008

Pervert avoids prison whilst paedophile father is jailed

An Egham man who pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent assault has escaped a prison sentence at Cardiff Crown Court.

Andrew Gasson, 38, originally from Cardiff but who now lives in Egham, was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to register as a sex offender for that time.

Gasson’s father Keith, 67, was jailed in July for 14 years for sexually abusing two girls in the Welsh capital.

Andrew Gasson, 38, had denied 11 charges including rape, indecent assault and gross indecency with a child.

The court heard the attacks took place in their Cardiff home over more than eight years. The trial continues.

The court heard the Gassons were a religious family who would pray twice a day, discuss the Bible over dinner and attend church three times every Sunday.

But the jury was told that married Keith Gasson was abusing two girls and his son preyed on a girl and a boy.