May 2015

Sex predator jailed for 20 years for raping two girls and indecently assaulting two others

Alan Aylward

A man has been jailed for 20 years after being found guilty of 10 sexual offences against four victims.

Alan Aylward, from Eglwyswrw in Pembrokeshire, was found guilty of the rape of two girls, both aged under 14.

The 59-year-old was also found guilty of a number of indecent assaults against two other young girls.

The offences happened in Lowestoft in Suffolk during the 1980s and 1990s.

Police were initially contacted in December 2013 by a woman who reported she had been sexually assaulted by Aylward, who also went by the name Alan Ward, when she was a teenager.

After initial enquiries he was arrested by police in January 2014 and interviewed, where he denied the offence and said he didn’t remember the victim.

Suffolk officers then began extensive enquiries and found three other victims.

Aylward was interviewed again but continued to deny any wrongdoing. Evidence was gathered and he was initially charged in October 2014 with eleven offences.

On Wednesday he was found guilty of 10 of these by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Detective Constable Darren Winchester said; “This has been a long 18-month investigation from the initial contact through until today and throughout the process his victims have shown immense courage and dignity.

“We were initially contacted by a woman, now in her 30s, and through our enquiries found three other victims of Aylward.

“Each of them had been raped or seriously sexually assaulted by him when they were children.

“The judge said in court that his behaviour had been monstrous and we are pleased that he has now been given a substantial 20-year jail term, which reflects this.

“This case has again shown victims that police will investigate and that justice can be achieved, even if the abuse happened many years before.”