Paul Davies – Llangollen/Ruthin
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January 2019: Now living in Ruthin
Judges refuse to raise jail term of child molester
A child molester will serve only a five-year jail term after top judges refused to up his punishment.
Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC, argued the sentence imposed on Paul Davies, 48, of Hill Street, Llangollen, was far too soft.
And three Appeal Court judges today accepted the jail term was “lenient” – but refused to increase it.
Davies was handed his five-year sentence at Caernarfon Crown Court on June 3.
He was convicted of two counts of indecent assault and two of indecency with a child.
The crimes took place in the 1980s, when Davies was 20 or 21 and his boy victim was aged just seven or eight, Lord Justice Treacy said.
But it was not until years later that his victim finally felt able to tell his family.
The judge who jailed Davies said the abuse had a “lasting and severe impact” on his victim, who had suffered depression, anxiety, nightmares and suicidal thoughts.
He felt disgust, shame and anger and lacked self-esteem and trust in others following the attacks.
Davies had a previous conviction for arson in 1990, Lord Justice Treacy told the court in London.
He had a motorcycle accident the same decade, is unable to work and claims disability benefits.
Lord Justice Treacy said that considerable time had passed since Davies’s crimes.
In the interim, Davies’ record had “not been unblemished”, but there had been no further offending of a sexual nature.
The judge said that the five-year sentence was “lenient”, but he was not persuaded that it was unduly lenient.
Lord Justice Treacy, who was sitting with Mr Justice King and Judge David Aubrey QC, said they would “not interfere” with Davies’s sentence.