September 2015

Pervert child groomer allowed to go on honeymoon BEFORE he is sentenced by judge


A pervert who admitted meeting two under-age girls after grooming them has had his sentencing delayed – so he can go on his honeymoon.

Shameless David Smith pleaded guilty to two counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming after appearing at Warwick Crown Court.

Previously Smith, 30, of King George’s Avenue, Bedworth had pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to causing or inciting a 13-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity in the summer of 2013.

According to the Coventry Telegraph , he also denied sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in July or August that year.

It was alleged he had forced the older girl to perform a sex act on him and had kissed the younger girl on the lips.

But on the day of his trial prosecutor Graeme Simpson said there were “evidential difficulties” in relation to those two charges – and asked for two alternative charges to be added to the indictment.

Smith then pleaded guilty to those two charges, one in relation to each of the girls, of meeting a child following sexual grooming, not believing she was over 16.

The charges outline that he did so intending to do something which, if done, would involve the commission of a child sex offence.

At the request of Simon Hunka, defending, the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Smith.

Mr Hunka told the court: “He was 30 last week, and much in his life has changed.”

At the time he met the girls Smith was at a swimming baths with his own seven-year-old son, “who he has not seen since as a consequence.”

The pre-sentence report on Smith would normally have been ready for him to be sentenced towards the end of October – but Mr Hunka asked for sentencing to be delayed until mid-November.

He explained: “Mr Smith is due to be married on the 31st of October, and has a honeymoon booked for two weeks. It is an unusual request, but I ask for the matter to be returned for sentence on the 16th of November.”

And agreeing to that, Recorder Adrian Redgrave QC said: “These offences are two years old at the moment. I can see no pressing reason why he should not be allowed to keep the date of his wedding and honeymoon.”

Smith, who was ordered to register as a sex offender, was granted bail with conditions that he does not have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16 and does not go to any public swimming baths.

But Recorder Redgrave told him: “I have no doubt it has been explained to you that these are serious offences.”

The sentencing guidelines for meeting a child following sexual grooming ‘where the intent is to coerce the child into sexual activity’ lay down a starting point after a trial of two years custody if the child is under 13, and 18 months if she is 13 or over but under 16.