November 2020

Child rapist who inflicted ‘terror and pain’ on his victims jailed for 34 years

A child rapist who abused two girls in a terrifying campaign spanning over two decades has today been jailed for 34 years.

David Charles Holland, 56, of Prestatyn, had tried to adopt a child aged five or over and is still a danger to the public, Mold Crown Court heard.

Last month, he was found guilty of 20 charges described as some of the “most chilling and serious cases” a judge had ever heard.

They included eight counts of rape, one sexual assault, seven indecent assaults, indecency with a child, encouraging a child to engage in sexual activity, making a threat to kill and distributing indecent images of a child.

The girls, who cannot be identified, were both under the age of seven when the abuse started.

Today, Judge Niclas Parry said Holland, who appeared via video link from HMP Berwyn in Wrexham, had caused his older victim “terror and pain and gratuitous degradation”.

The court heard that Holland had started abusing the first victim in the mid 1990s for around 10 years, then the second girl some years later.

He was arrested in May 2019 when the second girl reported the abuse to her father.

Prosecutor Anna Pope today insisted that Holland remains a danger to the public.

She said Holland poses “a clear and significant risk to children to which his attitude is one of contempt.”

He had registered with one adoption agency and prepared an application for another to try to adopt a child over five.

She also pointed out that Holland had once rented a house which remained largely empty but with encrypted images of children on “thumb drives” hidden in a hollow compartment of a hoover and in a small plastic bag in the gas meter cupboard.

Ms Pope said his older victim is still affected.

She says this victim is “paranoid” that she will meet Holland on walks and has reverted to childhood fears and anxieties.

She quoted the victim as saying: “I worry that one day he will be free and come to find me and my family for revenge.”

Jailing Holland for the extended sentence, Judge Parry said he had shown a “chilling lack of empathy.”

The judge said he had got the older girl to swear on a Bible or warning her she would “die and go to Hell” if she reported him.

He also held a knife to her throat saying her blood would “drain in four minutes” if he cut her.

He further sent a photo of a burning toy doll.

He imposed a restraining order banning Holland indefinitely from direct or indirect contact with his victims.

Holland must serve at least 19 years and four months before being eligible for parole.

November 2019

Wales child rapist after judge lifts id banning order

An order banning the public identification of a North Wales sex offender has been lifted by a judge.

Judge Rhys Rowlands was critical of the fact that the prosecution had applied for such an order in the first place.

Magistrates sitting at Llandudno made the order preventing the identification of David Holland at an earlier hearing.

The media protested that the order was invalid and should be rescinded.

Today prosecuting barrister Anna Pope said that the order, applied for by a CPS lawyer at the lower court, was not now being pursued.

Defending barrister Simon Rogers said that there was nothing he could say about the issue.

Judge Rowlands said that at the request of the crown, the magistrates had purported to make an order that the defendant’s name should not be made public.

He described it as “an extraordinary application to make” and added “open justice really is important”.

The judge said that there was no power to withhold Holland’s name unless in the most exceptional circumstances.

Complainants should not be identified but that was a matter for the press with serious ramifications if they went behind such an order.

There was absolutely no reason why Holland’s name should be withheld and said he was slightly surprised the application had been made.

“It ought not to be made by advocates in the future,” the judge added.

Holland, of Prestatyn, appeared from custody at Mold Crown Court this afternoon facing a total of 29 offences of rape, indecent assault, sexual activity with a child, images offences and making a threat to kill.

Holland admitted eight charges – indecent assault, indecency with a child, rape, sexual assault, two counts of taking indecent photographs, making indecent photographs and possessing two prohibited images.

He pleaded not guilty to all other charges and the case was adjourned for trial, which is expected to last five days, to start on April 20 last year.

A pre-trial review will be held in April.

Judge Rowlands remanded him in custody in the meantime.

He told Holland that he would be receiving a custodial sentence for the charges he had already admitted.

The length of that sentence would depend on what happened to the other charges which would be tried next year, the judge said.