A vile child molester kept a “memory box” full of sick mementos of his offending hidden in a bedside drawer.
Allan Malcolm Dyche, 67, a hoarder who was once prosecuted for keeping an illegal stash of 500 wild birds’ eggs, stored intimate hair samples from one of his victims.
Dyche, of Peel Street in Abergele , was arrested back in 2017 and police found a “key piece of evidence” in the box. A DNA test matched the samples to a victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
The former joiner and cabinet maker, who after his conviction 2009 for hoarding the rare eggs described collecting things as his “little vice”, was told by Caernarfon crown court Judge Huw Rees that the box illustrated his “overwhelming perversion”.
The court heard Dyche had ruined the life of one of his victims, with a second saying they could “never see their life being the same again”.
The main target of his perverted sexual demands had been too scared to speak out.
In an impact statement read to the court by prosecutor Anna Pope, they said: “I always had to hide a secret. I wanted to die inside.
“I have wanted to speak out for many years. How could I stay quiet about what happened to me?
“I will always have painful, unhappy memories.”
Dyche’s victim added that the forensic evidence of the hair “makes me sick to the core”.
Dyche was found guilty by a jury of 18 sexual offence charges, including child rape.
Dyche showed no emotion as he was jailed for 23 years and made to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.