July 2015

Paedophile jailed for sex attacks on girls as young as nine

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A sex offender is beginning a 12 year jail sentence after a jury convicted him of historic sex offences against girls.

Byron Scarfe, 55, of Rowlands Way, Pembroke, had denied sex attacks on the two girls but a jury returned unanimous verdicts on charges which included rape and sexual assault.

He was found guilty of raping one of the girls twice and sexually assaulting her and the other girl on other occasions.

At Swansea Crown Court on Friday, Scarfe, who had been remanded in custody, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and was also placed on the sex offenders’ register “indefinitely”.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, said one of the incidents had been witnessed by a woman who was so shocked she struck him twice.

But Mr Davis said at the time the woman accepted Scarfe’s explanation that he had walked into a building to find the girl naked and had not actually touched her.

Mr Davis said Scarfe had asked the second girl if she had ever had “a real kiss” before putting his tongue in her mouth.

Mr Davis told the jury it was the second girl who first told an adult what had happened.

The court heard that when that became known the allegations relating to the first girl came to light.

Scarfe told interviewing police officers and the jury that the alleged incidents simply had not happened, apart from the incident that had been witnessed by the woman who hit him.

Scarfe said it had been “understandable” the witness on that occasion had jumped to the wrong conclusion.

Sentencing Scarfe, Judge Huw Davies said the defendant had once had a good reputation.

He told him: “You had a previous good character and you were well thought of in your community.

“Such a situation is not uncommon in dealing with offences of this kind.”

The judge said Scarfe could now not be trusted to be anywhere near children.

He said the offences will have had a terrible effect on the victims. The court heard Scarfe, a married man, had led an industrious life being in constant employment for decades.

June 2015

Paedophile convicted of sex attacks on girls as young as nine

A Pembrokeshire man is facing a lengthy jail term after a jury convicted him of sex offences against girls.

Byron Scarfe, 54, had denied sex attacks on two girls some years ago when they were aged nine and 11.

But following a brief trial at Swansea Crown Court a jury returned unanimous verdicts on all charges, except for four the judge informed them they did not need to consider.

Formal not guilty verdicts were returned on those charges.

Scarfe will now be sentenced next month. He was remanded in custody.

The defendant was accused of raping one of the girls twice and sexually assaulting her on other occasions.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, said one of the incidents had been witnessed by a woman who was so shocked she struck him twice.

However, said Mr Davis, at the time she accepted his explanation that he had walked into a building to find the girl naked and had not actually touched her.

Mr Davis said Scarfe had asked the second girl if she had ever had “a real kiss” before putting his tongue in her mouth.

Mr Davis told the jury it was the second girl who first told an adult what had happened.

When that became known the allegations relating to the first girl came to light.

Neither of the complainants can be identified for legal reasons.

Scarfe told interviewing police officers and the jury the alleged incidents had not happened, apart from the incident that had been witnessed by the woman who hit him.

Scarfe, of Rowlands Way, Pembroke, said it had been “understandable” the witness on that occasion had jumped to the wrong conclusion.