July 2019

Man raped and sexually assaulted young girls 40 years ago

An 11-year-old boy with a “distorted and abhorrent view of life” raped a young girl, a court has heard.

Ian Geoffrey Phillips continued to rape and sexually assault the girl, and three other young girls, for the next decade and more.

More than 50 years after the offending started Phillips has been jailed for the abuse he subjected his victims to from the late 1960s to early 1980s.

The 62-year-old showed no emotion in the dock when he was sent down on Wednesday.

Swansea Crown Court heard Phillips was aged around 10 or 11 when he began abusing girls in the Barry area in the late 1960s.

The rapes and sexual assaults continued during Phillips’ teenage years.

The court heard that on one occasion he abused one of his victims then gave her a Coke and told her to keep quiet about what he had done.

The final act Phillips was convicted of was a rape of a girl aged under five committed when he was in his 20s. After the assault he walked away from his young victim, leaving her crying and calling for her mother.

Phillips’ behaviour only came to light in recent years when one of his victims went to police. Officers began to investigate the allegations and then found further victims.

Phillips, of Broad Street, Barry, had denied the charges against him but was convicted of a total of 14 counts of indecent assault, sexual assault, and rape following a trial.

The court heard statements from the victims in which they described the impact the abuse has had on their lives.

One said she had lived her life feeling “dirty, disgusting and used” because of what Phillips had done to her. She said to this day she doesn’t like being hugged and has been left suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and flashbacks.

Another said she had been left feeling “dirty and ashamed” by what had happened and was unable to have a “normal relationship” with a man as she hates being touched.

A third said she was suffering with depression and anxiety and racked by feelings of “why me?”. She said she had not been able to tell her current partner about what had happened but added: “I was a victim but now I’m a survivor.”

Judge Christopher Vosper QC said it was a difficult sentencing exercise because of the age of the defendant when many of the incidents took place and because the acts he had carried out would be charged differently today and would attract different sentences.

Phillips was jailed for a total of 18 years, with a one-year extended licence period, and will be on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.