March 2007

Paedophile bailed for wedding now jailed indefinitely

A dangerous paedophile was jailed indefinitely yesterday, only weeks after a judge varied his bail conditions to allow him to spend his wedding night at a hotel.

Judge Philip Richards told Kelvin Wagstaff he posed a significant risk to the public and that he must serve a minimum of 12 months in prison before he can be considered for parole.

The judge was criticised earlier this month for allowing 36-year-old Wagstaff to stay at a hotel with his new bride, after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a girl under 13 and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a girl under 16.

Monmouth MP David Davies, who launched the Stop All Forms of Early Release (Safer) campaign, said at the time, ‘I find it extraordinary that he was not remanded in custody immediately given the severity of the offence he carried out.’

Prosecutor Caroline Rees told Cardiff Crown Court that Wagstaff of Davis Avenue, Bryncethin, Bridgend, had approached the 10-year- old girl and a younger girl, who were playing in a park, on October 21.

Wagstaff was later identified by both girls and a passer-by, who had noticed him change direction to follow the girls into some woods, she said.

Miss Rees said Wagstaff had a previous conviction for breach of the peace in relation to alleged offences of indecent exposure near a junior school in 1991.

She said no evidence had been offered in relation to the indecent exposure charges at the time and not guilty verdicts had been recorded.

Jennet Treharne, defending, said Wagstaff claimed he had been in an agitated state at the time of the incidents and that his memory of them was limited.

But she said he accepted responsibility and sought help from his GP and the mental health authorities.

Judge Richards told Wagstaff, ‘I don’t think it’s right to have regard to the fact you were charged in the past with offences of indecent exposure, but I’m entitled to have regard to your present reaction to those offences along with your reaction to the present offences, which is to deny any recollection.’

The judge imposed an indeterminate prison sentence and said Wagstaff should only be released when the parole board is satisfied he no longer needs to be detained to protect the public.

He also imposed a sexual offences prevention order, preventing Wagstaff attending places frequented by children.