May 2019

Woman found guilty of sexually abusing toddler warned she faces prison

A woman has been locked up for six and a half years after she was convicted of sexually abusing a toddler aged just three.

Miranda Parry, 42, was told by Judge David Hale, sitting at Mold Crown Court, that the victim had not understood what was going on.

“He does not understand now,” said the judge.

“No one would understand why she would behave like this.”

Parry, of Beech Tree Avenue at Llay near Wrexham, denied any wrongdoing during her three-day trial last month.

But she was unanimously convicted of nine charges – indecent assault, inciting the child to commit acts of gross indecency, and one of ill treatment – dating back to the early 2000s.

In addition to the prison sentence, her licence was extended by a year because she was a defendant of particular concern, the court heard.

The judge ordered her to register with the police as a sex offender for life. A lifetime sexual harm prevention order was made and a restraining order was made not to ever contact the victim, who is now an adult.

The court heard she was physically cruel to the child, making him stand in a corner and calling him names, and it moved to sexual acts.

It had unsettled him and had affected the rest of his life, the court heard.

Judge Hale said the boy complained at the time, tried to get her prosecuted when he was nine, and had eventually been able to do so.

He had years of counselling and had difficulties in relationships, the court heard.

The judge told Parry: “It has had a considerable psychological effect – a scar on his life.”

In a statement, the victim said it had affected his childhood, his education and his university education.

He felt that her behaviour had stopped him in later life from doing many of the things he wanted to do, the court heard, and had even blamed himself for what happened to him.

The victim said he had tried to put it behind him and be positive for the future, but it had been very difficult.

He did not want what she had done to continue to affect his life, the court heard.

Prosecuting barrister Anna Pope said matters had previously been referred to social services and the police, but no further action had been taken at that stage.

“Throughout his childhood, he repeatedly tried to tell the authorities what happened, but the investigation was not taken any further,” she said.

Ms Pope said that, when he was older, the victim went to the police and reported what had happened to him years earlier.

Henry Hills, defending, said that his client was a woman of good character and should not be treated as a dangerous offender.

At the earlier trial, the victim said there were occasions when Parry had touched him both inside and outside of his clothing.

The prosecution said Parry told the boy that such behaviour was “not unusual” and “smiled to reassure him”

April 2019

Woman found guilty of sexually abusing toddler warned she faces prison

A North Wales woman has been found guilty of repeatedly sexually abusing a toddler.

Miranda Parry looked shocked in the dock at Mold Crown Court when the 10 sexual offence guilty verdicts were returned by the jury.

The jury had been out for less than two hours and returned unanimous guilty verdicts on seven charges of indecent assault, two of inciting the child, who is now an adult, to commit acts of gross indecency, and one of ill-treatment – which all took place in 2002

Judge David Hale adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report and said he needed to know more about the defendant.

But he warned Parry, of Beech Tree Avenue at Llay near Wrexham, she faced an inevitable custodial sentence.

He remanded her in custody and said that there would be disquiet in the local community if he bailed her.

The judge ordered her to register with the police as a sex offender within three days.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the trial there were occasions when Parry had touched him both inside and outside of his clothing. He also claimed he had been made to touch her genitals.

Parry had also sex in front of her young victim and even tried to have sex with him.

On other occasions, she made the boy stand for hours in the corner of a room.

Parry was in her early twenties when the abuse took place and the victim was a toddler

The court heard the boy contacted police within the last two years and made the allegations to them.

He had reported it to police five times before Parry was arrested.

Parry, 42, had denied any wrong-doing during the three day trial saying: “It never happened.”

The judge adjourned the hearing for 10 minutes.

He said the case had not gone unpublished.

“I suspect it will not take long before people know. I don’t want to put her at risk,” he said.

Mr Hills said he was not aware of any direct threat to her.

When the hearing resumed, the judge said that there would be public disquiet in the area if he bailed her and he did not want to put her at risk.

It was the sort of case that could excite a reaction and he said she would be remanded in custody.

No date was fixed for the sentence hearing but the judge said that it would be after May 7.