August 2020

Pervert jailed for sexually assaulting 14-year-old girl

A Bargoed man has been jailed for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl

Daniel Bateman, 33, admitted two counts of sexual assault dating back to April last year.

The hearing at Cardiff Crown Court today was told Bateman’s assault had a “considerable impact” on his victim’s life.

She had been prescribed medication following the incident and had considered taking her own life, the court heard.

Ieuan Bennett, prosecuting, said Bateman had told the police officers who arrested him he had been “smashed” at the time of the incident.

Judge Richard Williams told Bateman: “You continue to play down what you did [and] there does not appear to be a reasonable prospect for rehabilitation.”

He added: “When an adult subjects a girl to this… inevitably a custodial sentence must be passed.”

He jailed Bateman for 19 months and made him the subject of a sexual harm prevention order, covering 10 years, and a restraining order, also covering 10 years.