Paedophile Gareth Palfrey of Pontllanfraith jailed after admitting catalogue of sexual offences against children

A paedophile has been sentenced to a lengthy prison term after he admitted a catalogue of sex offences against children.

Gareth Palfrey, aged 59, of Beech Avenue, Pontllanfraith, was jailed for a total of nine years at Cardiff Crown Court.

He had pleaded guilty to 18 separate charges, including indecent assault and sexual activity with a child.

The defendant had faced a further two counts of indecent assault but the prosecution offered no evidence and not guilty verdicts were directed by the judge.

It was said in mitigation that Palfrey had admitted his guilt.

He was sentenced by the Recorder of Cardiff, Judge Eleri Rees.

The defendant was ordered to register as a sex offender for life and he was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order indefinitely.

August 2019

Long prison term ‘inevitable’, judge tells man who admitted catalogue of sexual offences against children

A pervert who has pleaded guilty to a catalogue of sexual offences against children, has been told by a judge that he faces “an immediate and very lengthy” prison sentence

Gareth Palfrey, who was appearing at Cardiff Crown Court, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to offences ranging from indecent assault to sexual activities with children.

Fifty-nine-year-old Palfrey, of Beech Avenue, Pontllanfraith, has pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault on a girl under 13, two counts of indecent assault on a boy under 13, six counts of indecent assault, and six counts of sexual activity with a child.

The offences occurred some considerable time ago.

The prosecuting counsel was Claire Wilks and Palfrey’s defence counsel was Jeff Jones.

Palfrey will be sentenced on Friday September 6, and he has been remanded in custody.

Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke told him: “An immediate and very lengthy custodial sentence will be the inevitable outcome.”

At an earlier hearing, on ordering that a pre-sentence report be compiled, she had told Palfrey: “You have now pleaded guilty to some very serious offences.

“The fact I am ordering a pre-sentence report should not be taken by you as any indication that it will be anything other a substantial custodial sentence.

“But I want a report because you are a man of good character and because of the nature of the offences.”