May 2016

Brothers jailed for ‘depraved’ sex attacks on children in Flintshire

The perverted past of two brothers finally caught up with them today when they were jailed for sexual offences.

Mathew Parkes, 28, and his brother Samuel Parkes, 31, were both teenagers living in the Talacre and Mostyn areas when the offences were committed.

Mathew Parkes, now of Lon y Ffrith in Llandudno , was jailed for seven and a half years after he admitted serious sexual offences against four separate children.

Samuel Parkes, who has carved a new life from himself in the performing arts and who now lives at Edward Street in Carlisle, received 45 months for offences against a young girl.

Both were also ordered to register with the police as sex offenders for life.

Mold Crown Court heard today that Samuel Parkes had admitted the indecent assault and rape of a very young girl when he himself was aged 15.

Mathew Parkes had admitted indecency and rape on one girl, indecent assault and rape of another girl, indecent assault on a third girl and indecent assault and the rape of a young boy.

He himself was aged between 13 and 16 at the time.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said that both cases involved “quite depraved behaviour”.

There could be no excuse for such behaviour, he added.

Judge Rowlands said that he took into account the delays in the case coming to court and the defendants ages when the offences were committed.

However, he said the victims had to live with what they had done to them while the brothers had been allowed to get on with their lives.

It was clear their behaviour had a profound effect on the victims.

One of the brothers’ victims wished to read her own impact statement to the court.

She told how she had suffered nightmares and flash backs, had trust issues, suffered depression and anxiety and has isolated herself.

Another victim revealed in her victim impact statement how she had tried to commit suicide at a young age because of what was happening to her.

She felt very vulnerable and scared and had self-harmed.

Defending barrister Andrew Scott, for Samuel Parkes, said that his client had a toxic childhood, went to college to do a performing arts degree, and had then done a three year music and drama degree course in Carlisle.

He and his partner had been due to get married but they had delayed that until the proceedings were over.

It was a case of his own childhood coming back to haunt him, he said.

Simon Killeen, for Mathew Parkes, said that his client was 16 or 17 at the time of the offences.

He had made admissions to the police which went beyond the allegations which had been made against him and which had directly led to some of the charges.