October 2018

Paedophile posed as dinosaur show employee to lure children away from mum

A paedophile who lured two kids away from their mum by taking them to a dinosaur show in a park has been jailed.

Colin Leach, 35, Gabalfa, Cardiff posed as an employee at Jurassic Kingdom, an exhibition in a park in the summer, to ask the children to join him.

But on Friday, a court heard their mum soon became ‘uneasy’ and rang police, who attended the show and arrested Leach.

He was jailed at Cardiff Crown Court for four and a half months after admitting breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

The court heard Leach was made subject of the order after approaching a girl in a library, and was added to the sex offenders register after touching a nine-year-old girl’s bottom in a shopping centre in April 2011.

Sentencing, Judge Neil Bidder QC said: ‘You have got to keep away from children. ‘This must stop. Otherwise they are going to be longer and longer sentences.’

The court heard Leach was given a nine-month jail term, suspended for two years, for assaulting the girl in Queens Arcade, Cardiff.

But in February 2016, he approached another girl in a library and asked ‘What time do you usually come to the library?’ Prosecutors told the court the girl was playing a horror game and the defendant said: ‘If you get scared, I’ll give you a cuddle.’

But a librarian nearby overheard Leach and he was arrested.