November 2012

Llanferres man jailed for sexualt assault on teenage girl

A 41-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Defendant Derrick Evans of Alexander View in Llanferres, near Mold, denied sexual assault following an incident in the summer of last year.

But a jury convicted him by a majority of 11 to one at Mold Crown Court last month.

Judge Rhys Rowlands yesterday jailed him for six months and said he would be entered onto a list of people who must not work with children or vulnerable adults.

But the six-month sentence meant he did not meet the criteria to be registered with the police as a sex offender.

The victim was not called to give evidence and the prosecution case was based on the defendant’s interview with the police, where she said Evans had removed her top and assaulted her.

Evans said he had taken his shirt off, lay on a bed and told police he tickled her, blew on her stomach and kissed her.

He had described how “one thing led to another” and he had taken her top off and touched her breasts.

At one point he said he saw her naked breasts but later said she was wearing a bra.

The jury had been told they could only convict him if they believed he had deliberately touched her, and not in an accidental way.

Evans said at one stage she had undressed in front of him but then said he took her top off.

Judge Rowlands said Evans had originally faced more serious sexual allegations which had not been pursued.

Peter Barnett, defending, told the court the conviction was based on one incident only and while the case was serious it was at the lower end of seriousness . He suggested a suspended sentence.