August 2020

Rapist brought to justice more than 30 years later

A rapist has been brought to justice more than 30 years after he committed his appalling crimes.

Ian Paul Davies had denied the allegations made by a grown up woman and man, who recently told police he had abused them when they were children.

But juries in two trials found him guilty of the offences, which date back to when he was a teenager the 1980s, and he was jailed for 12 years.

The 53-year-old, of Maes y Awel in Ponterwyd near Aberystwyth, was told by a judge at Caernarfon crown court that it “was not a case of one-off, youthful sexual experimentation”.

Judge Nicola Jones told him: “You should and would have been aware of what you were doing and that it was wrong.”

Davies had denied raping one of the children, a young girl, in the early 1980s when he was aged between 14 and 16, but was found guilty by a jury after a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court earlier this year.

The jury had cleared Davies of one charge of sexual assault at that trial.

But jurors were unable to agree on verdicts relating to the other child and a second trial was held at Mold Crown Court last month.

That resulted in the guilty verdicts.

The other victim, a young boy, was repeatedly assaulted by Davies, who was aged between 15 and 19 at the time of the offences.

Prosecutor John Philpotts summarised the Victim Personal Statements made by Davies’ victims.

He said the boy tried to put the abuse behind him but suffered from flashbacks and periods of depression and had contemplated harming himself on several occasions.

The girl, added the barrister, said she did not know why Davies had abused her and had tried to “block it all out” and hide it.

Defence counsel Simon Rogers said Davies, who had no relevant previous convictions, would be serving his first custodial sentence and would find it difficult.

He pointed out if he had been charged at the time of the offences he would have served no more than two years in detention.

Mr Rogers added Davies’ partner of 27 years had supported him throughout the case.

Davies was said to have told the two complainants, who cannot be named, not to tell anyone about what he had done to them.

The matters came to light during the summer of 2017 when the male made a complaint to police. The woman also gave police a statement.

Giving evidence in his defence Davies said he could think of no reason why the two would make the allegations against him. He said none of the allegations were true.

The judge noted from the reports before her that Davies maintained his innocence.

Davies was told he will spend two thirds of the sentence in prison before being released.

The judge extended his licence period for a year but did not make a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

She said that was not necessary as the offences had taken place in the 1980s and there had been no repetition.