Raphael Gardner – Neath

February 2021

Paedophile who made young victim pregnant told her to blame boy at school

A vile child abuser got his young victim pregnant and then blamed her for “coming on” to him.

Raphael Clive Gardner subjected the girl to a series of sex assaults but refused to admit what he had done until three days into his trial.

During the course of the police investigation into his activities police found a second victim.

The 57-year-old has now been jailed for nine years.

Ian Wright, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that Gardner abused the first young girl for a number of years, and during the course of the abuse the girl became pregnant.

Gardner told her she should blame a pupil at her school for the pregnancy.

The victim did not report what was happening at the time, but once she did come forward the police investigation found another young girl Gardner had attacked.

This was a single incident of sexual assault in a shed, and his young victim bit him during the assault and was able to escape.

During his subsequent police interview the defendant claimed the girl he got pregnant had “come on to him” and initiated the sex.

The court heard Gardner was a violent man and heavy user of drink and drugs, with cider, gin, cannabis and amphetamine being his daily substances of choice.

The prosecutor read out statements from the two victims in which they detailed the emotional and psychological impact the offending has had on them.

Gardner, formerly of Tonmawr but now of Castle Drive, Cimla, Neath, had previously pleaded guilty to 13 serious sexual offences when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

Giving the defendant a discount for his guilty pleas judge Paul Thomas QC sentenced him to nine years in prison.

Gardner must serve two thirds of that sentence in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.

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