December 2018

Former taxi driver sexually abused and raped three young children

A predatory paedophile who abused three children is today starting a 25-year jail term after being convicted of 19 child sexual offences against a boy and two girls

Vincent Slater, 57, was convicted at a previous hearing at Swansea Crown Court of a string of offences including rape, sexual assault, assault by penetration, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Slater’s crimes first came to light in January this year when one of his victims reported the abuse he suffered at the hands of the former taxi driver approximately 11 years ago.

The victim, who is now an adult and who cannot be named for legal reasons, told officers he was befriended as a child by Slater, who groomed him by buying him cigarettes and allowing him to spend time in his taxi.

The abuse took place on a number of occasions and escalated over a period of time, ultimately leading to the rape of the young boy.

Two further victims came forward following Slater’s arrest, with both telling officers they were abused on several occasions when they were children.

The court heard Slater gave one of the girls money on one occasions following a sexual assault in an attempt to ensure her silence.

Vincent Slater, from Swansea, initially denied all the charges against him, but changed his plea to guilty on the day a trial was due to start.

Sentencing him to 25 years’ imprisonment today Judge Paul Thomas QC warned Slater was a danger to society and said his actions will continue to impact on the victims for the rest of their lives.