January 2019

Paedophile put in a coma after drinking anti-freeze before trial

A paedophile who was put into a coma when he drank anti-freeze ahead of his trial has been locked up.

Henry Bayliss took a photo of a girl aged under 10 before sexually assaulting her in north west Wales, Mold Crown Court heard.

The 54-year-old, of Bryn y Mor, Holyhead, was also found to have 141 images of young children on his mobile phone, and a further 64 prohibited images on a memory card.

Bayliss was due to stand trial but changed his pleas to admit the sexual touching of a girl under the age of 13, making an indecent photograph of a child, and the possession of indecent and prohibited images of children. He was jailed for four and a half years.

All offences were said to have happened on the same day in 2017.

Matthew Dunford, defending, said Bayliss had lost his marriage and job as a result.

The court heard he was put into an induced coma after drinking anti-freeze before the trial, which left his liver with just 25% function.

“He’s already paid a heavy price for his behaviour,” said Mr Dunford.

The court also heard the defendant had sent an indecent letter to another girl and received a 12-month probation order at Holyhead magistrates court in 1997.

Sentencing Bayliss, Judge Rhys Rowlands said: “The victim was at the time a very young girl and you were were a grown man.

“Your behaviour has had an effect on the girl.”

Bayliss was also given a five-year restraining order and a sexual harm prevention order, and was put on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

He was banned from working with children and vulnerable people.

Holyhead man warned to expect prison after admitting child sex offence

AN Anglesey man was warned to expect prison after he changed his plea and admitted a child sex offence.

Henry Bayliss, 54, of Bryn y Mor in Holyhead, was due to go on trial at Mold Crown Court

But his barrister Matthew Dunford asked that the charges be put to his client again.

Bayliss then admitted charges of sexual touching of a girl under the age of 13, making an indecent photograph of the girl, and possessing 141 category C indecent images of children.

The offences date back to November of last year.

Judge Rhys Rowlands ordered a full pre-sentence report which he said would look at the issue of any future risk.

But it would be custody and the report would simply go to the length of sentence, he said.

The judge said that there was quite a lot of background to the case.

He said that the defendant had taken an overdose when the case was previously due to go for trial.

Bayliss was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender.

The judge said that he would receive credit in sentence because a very young witness had been spared from giving evidence but it would not be as much had he pleaded guilty at an earlier stage.

Bayliss was remanded in custody to be sentenced on January 14 next year.