May 2016

Sex offender jailed for string of sex offences against young girls

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A Denbighshire man described as a sexual predator has been jailed for 10 years today for a series of sex offences against children.

Nightclub doorman Neil Charles Owen, 47, of Ffordd Talargoch, Prestatyn, was placed on the sex offender register for life.

An indefinite sexual harm prevention order was also made.

Judge Geraint Walters, sitting at Mold Crown Court, told Owen that he was outwardly leading a perfectly decent and respectable life.

But the court heard that, beneath that, he was carrying out “predatory sexual acts” upon children.

“That is something that you have done for years,” the judge told him.

“There can be no doubt whatsoever that you are a person who likes sexual activity with young girls.”

Judge Walters said the pre-sentence report claimed the defendant’s remorse was superficial and that he had no true understanding of the effect of what he had done.

“I can tell you that these courts have learnt through bitter experience that behaving in this way towards children brings about life-long harm to them,” he said.

“There is no avoiding that.”

The judge said that victims may seem to be surviving and getting on with their lives, but said the truth is that they are “living it every day”.

Judge Walters said: “What you did, I want you to understand, was not just wrong but very wrong.”

The court heard Owen pleaded guilty to the charges, and would therefore receive a one-third discount in the sentence he would otherwise receive.

Judge Walters said the victims must have been terrified by his “predatory abuse”.

Owen received nine and a half years for sexual assaults against children and one charge of attempted rape against one child.

He received a consecutive six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an adult female and a charge of voyeurism after he had filmed her naked without her knowing.

Prosecuting barrister Elen Owen said the offences had a devastating effect on the victims.

In a moving statement, one of them told how she felt the earth was crumbling to pieces around her.

Simon Killeen, defending, said that often in such cases people could not bring themselves to admit what they had done.

But he said the defendant had been frank and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Mr Killeen said Owen had an insight into his offending, wanted assistance, and would take advantage of any courses available to him while in custody.

His client was conscious of the fact that he was at the start of a long road, he said.

“He knows what has to be done,” said Mr Killeen, who claimed his client was showing “genuine contrition and remorse”.

Owen showed no emotion as the 10-year sentence was announced.