May 2009

Sex abuse teenager locked up

A teenager who sexually abused a young girl has been sent to a young offenders’ institution for 21 months.

The family of the victim were in court to see 19-year-old Ieuan Richard Evans being sentenced after he pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard that Evans was 16 years old when he assaulted the nine year old between December 2005 and February 2006.

Sentencing Evans, Judge John Curran stressed that despite her wanting Evans, of Cardiff Road, Bargoed, to be sent into custody, it was not the reason that he was sending him there.

“The victim impact statement is to be heard but it must be made clear that a victim cannot demand a particular kind of sentence,” he said.

Eugene Egan, prosecuting, told the court that the incidents had come to light a few months after Evans had last assaulted her.

“She was distressed and sought advice from family members who told her to talk to her daughter further,” said Mr Egan.

She did, and it was then that the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, divulged the details of the assaults.

The girl’s mother said that since the assaults her daughter had lost her independence and had become nervous.

She suffered nightmares and had problems at school with children verbally abusing her because of what had happened and had wanted to move away.

In a statement to the court the mother said: “It’s like she is under lock and key.”

The girl, in her statement, said that she would not watch certain television programmes because it would remind her of him.

Her heart would also pound if she saw a red car, because that’s what Evans drove, and she was afraid to walk to town.

“She wanted the judge to listen to her and for him to go down and if he did not then it was not fair,” said Mr Egan.

But she didn’t want to know why he had done it.

Jennett Treharne, defending, urged the court to impose a non-custodial sentence that would allow Evans to complete specialised programmes for sex offenders.

Evans, who will serve half the time in custody, was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and was disqualified from working with children.