June 2020

Paedophile caught drink driving with partner’s children in the car

A paedophile breached an order preventing him from having contact with minors when he was arrested for drink driving with his partner and her two children in the car.

Phillip Newing, 70, was sentenced to three years imprisonment in 2014 for a sexual assault in 2013 and two indecent assaults on a girl under 14 during the 1990s.

As part of his sentence, Newing was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) for life and was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register.

But around 10.30pm on April 19, Newing, of School Street, Tirphil, Caerphilly, was pulled over by police in his black Volkswagen Touran on the B4257 in Rhymney on suspicion of drink driver.

In the passenger seat was his partner and her two young children.

A sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court heard that Newing was found to be more than four times the legal drink driving limit with a breath test measuring 81mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

He was arrested and taken into custody where police conducted a background check which revealed his 2014 convictions.

As a result of being in the company of his partner’s children, Newing was in breach of his SHPO and was arrested on further charges.

The defendant was dealt with in the magistrates’ court for the drink driving charge and was fined £225 and disqualified for 80 months.

Prosecutor Martha Smith-Higgins told the court Newing’s partner was aware of his convictions and her children would stay at his property on the weekends.

Upon his arrest, the defendant claimed he was not in breach of the SHPO as he made his partner aware of his convictions but he had failed to notify the police and social services about his living arrangements.

Sentencing, Judge David Wynn-Morgan said: “This is an absolutely disgraceful state of affairs.

“You would very well have known that you were not permitted to be in the company of such children and you had no business to have them staying in your premises upon any basis whatsoever.

“You continue to deny the offences for which you were convicted but that is neither here nor there because the order was made and it’s for you to obey it.”

Newing was sentenced to a 24 month community order and was ordered to carry out a 20 day rehabilitation activity requirement and 150 hours unpaid work.