August 2019

Sex abuser ‘completely ruined my childhood, ruined my adolescence, and ruined my future’

Sexual abuse suffered by a young girl ruined her entire life, a court has heard.

David Nicholas Johns subjected his victim to years of serious sexual assaults starting when she was just five. Police have praised the courage of the woman in coming forward and reporting the abuse which happened during the 1990s.

Johns was convicted of 12 counts of a serious sexual assault, indecency with a child, indecent assault and sexual assault following a trial at Swansea Crown Court.

Ian Wright, prosecuting, read details of a statement from the victim in which she described the impact of what Johns had done to her.

In it she said before the abuse she was a “normal, happy, carefree little girl” but now, as an adult, was suffering with extreme anxiety, panic attacks, and “vivid nightmares”.

She said: “He completely ruined my childhood, ruined my adolescence, and ruined my future.”

She added she was “paranoid” her own children would be taken off her because of what had happened in her past.

Andrew Davies, for 48-year-old Johns, said there was little he could say on the defendant’s behalf given the verdicts the jury had come to.

He said the defendant, of Maes yr Haf, LlansamletSwansea, had worked prior to becoming a carer for his seriously ill parents and was now concerned he would not be around when they needed him most because of the inevitable prison sentence he was facing.

Judge Keith Thomas told Johns he was guilty of a catalogue of offences over a period of seven or eight years. He said: “She has been unable to live her life without the cloud of her abuse hanging over her.”

Johns was sentenced to a total of 21 years in prison with an extended two years on licence on his release. The judge told him he can apply for parole at the halfway point of that sentence.

Johns was made the subject of sexual harm prevention order to limit his contact with girls under 16 and will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.