October 2015

Paedophile jailed after Solicitor-General appealed ‘too soft’ sentence


A child sex offender has been jailed for four years after top judges agreed with the Solicitor-General that his suspended sentence was far too soft.

Kirk Mark Tranchard, 25, of Montgomery, Newtown, got a two-year suspended sentence atMold Crown Court on August 20.

He admitted three counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and five counts of sexual activity with the same victim.

The abuse started when the girl was under 13 and Tranchard was in his teens, Lord Justice Treacy told London’s Appeal Court on Thursday.

But the judge added: “Tranchard clearly knew that what he was doing was wrong as he told the victim to keep what was happening between them secret.”

Tranchard told her he loved her and they would be together officially when she turned 16.

She was “shocked” and “not really knowing what was going on” when he first molested her.

Tranchard accepted that he had sex with the girl about 20 times as well as “kissing and foreplay”.

The abuse had a “severe psychological affect on the victim”, said the judge.

Tranchard had previously been jailed for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, the court heard.

He now has a partner, who is pregnant, and “seems to have matured”, said Lord Justice Treacy.

Jocelyn Ledward, for the Solicitor-General, Robert Buckland QC, argued the suspended sentence was “unduly lenient”.

But Tranchard’s lawyers pleaded with the court not to send him to prison, given his youth and personal circumstances.

However, Lord Justice Treacy said: “We have come to the conclusion that this was not a case where a non-custodial sentence was appropriate.

“The seriousness of the offending and its consequences should have been reflected with a term of custody of some significance.

“It is clear to us that the sentence passed was unduly lenient.”

The judge, who was sitting with Mr Justice Kenneth Parker and Judge David Aubrey QC, quashed the suspended sentence and replaced it with a four-year jail term.

Tranchard must report to Newtown Police Station by 4pm on Thursday, October 22, to start his jail term.

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Buckland said: “I asked the Court to look again at this sentence as I feel it is important that the criminal justice system recognises the significant impact his behaviour continues to have on the victim.

“Kirk Tranchard acted in a way that was wholly inappropriate, committing sexual offences against a young girl who was entitled to feel safe and I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has today sent him to jail for his conduct.”

August 2015

Pervert escapes immediate prison after sexual activity with child aged under 13


A man who had sex with an under age girl has escaped an immediate jail term

Kirk Mark Tranchard, 24, received a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years at Mold Crown Court.

He was placed on supervision and sent on a community sex offender group programme.

The defendant is prohibited from entering the town where the victim lives and he must register with the police as a sex offender for seven years.

A five-year sexual harm prevention order was also made during the hearing on Thursday, which prevents him being alone with girls under 16.

Judge Philip Richards warned him that if he had been a little older then he would have gone to prison for a considerable period.

At an earlier hearing, rape charges were dropped when Tranchard admitted inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

Tranchard, of Tanygraig, Montgomery, also admitted five charges of sexual activity with a child.

May 2015

Mid Wales man admits child sex charges


A man from Mid Wales has admitted three charges of inciting a child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity, a court has heard.

But the 24-year-old has denied three alternative charges of rape.

Judge Rhys Rowlands, sitting at Mold Crown Court, adjourned the case against defendant Kirk Mark Tranchard, of Tanygraig, Montgomery, who also admitted five charges of sexual activity with the girl when she was older.

The defendant was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender in the meantime.

Judge Rowlands said that the adjournment would give the prosecution time to decide whether to accept his pleas, after consulting with the complainant.

If the pleas were accepted then a pre-sentence report would be prepared, the judge explained.

Tranchard will appear back at the court on a date to be fixed.