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Man jailed for 21 years after filming sexual assault on three-year-old

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A SEX beast who filmed himself sexually assaulting a three-year old-girl has been jailed for 21 years today (Oct 2).

Trevor Vinson, aged 38, shot the footage on a mobile telephone which he hid inside the bag of a vacuum cleaner as police knocked on his front door.

But his horrified partner found the phone and handed it over to the police.

Vinson, formerly of Tumble but now of Valence Walk, Pembroke, admitted six offences of sexual assault and three of making child pornography.

Catherine Richards, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that the girl – no relation to Vinson – had complained to her parents about Vinson touching her.

Trevor Vinson: A car enthusiast

Her father confronted Vinson but he talked his way out of it.

But she complained to her grandmother and the police were contacted.

Miss Richards said Vinson continued to deny doing anything wrong. On being shown the mobile telephone pictures he first denied that the phone belonged to him and then said someone else must have carried out the assaults and done the filming.

But, she added, police were able to prove that he was responsible.

Vinson sat with his head bowed and staring at the floor for the duration of the hearing.

Judge Keith Thomas ruled that Vinson was a dangerous offender as defined by law and would be a risk to young people after his eventual release from prison.

Judge Thomas issued a sexual harm prevention order restricting Vinson’s access to young people in the future.

He said he did not accept that Vinson had any real understanding of the harm he had caused.

Vinson was jailed for 15 years, with an extended licence period of six years.

Judge Thomas told him he would serve a minimum of 10 years behind bars but would be liable to recall to prison until 2038.

The parents of the three-year-old victim said: “As a family we have been rocked to the core, our world has crumbled around us. It has impacted every aspect of us physically and mentally, leading us to second guess every decision we have ever made in regards to our own parenting.

“The whole family group has been left traumatised, we never thought it would happen to our family, it’s something you hear about in the papers but never believe it will be at your own doorstep. We would never have knowingly put our children in danger and will never forgive the deceit and breach of trust that has led to this.

“Dyfed-Powys Police has been phenomenal from the beginning and we would like to personally thank the individual officers who worked with us (Paula and Carrie) and the officers behind the scenes.

“Our advice to all parents is to trust your gut instinct as without that and the bravery shown by our child, this vile person may have still been perpetrating to this day. Please don’t be afraid to speak to the police if you think your child has come into contact with this person, trust in your instincts. No family should ever have to go through this much heartache at the hands of one individual.”

DI Elaine Bendle said: “I am pleased that Vinson has today been sentenced and is no longer able to cause harm to the young victim or anyone else. This is a highly unusual case with evidence being obtained from such a young victim.

“The crimes he committed against this child were abhorrent and I must commend the detectives, digital crime investigators, police officers and staff who worked tirelessly to bring Vinson to justice.

“We would obviously wish for such offences never to occur in our communities and we work closely with colleagues in partner agencies to safeguard vulnerable people, but very sadly abuse still does happen.

“I hope there can be some reassurance felt within our communities that when such crimes are committed, we have dedicated, specially trained officers here prepared to work hard to ensure outcomes like today’s sentencing.

“Goleudy, a service for victims and witnesses, is providing support to the victim and her family to help them come to terms with what has happened.

“I hope anyone else who has experienced similar abuse at any stage of their life can find courage from this case to see that all reports will be taken seriously by Dyfed-Powys Police and fully investigated.”

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  1. Lucy Youd

    October 3, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Do you want to explain as to why you felt the need to mention he was a car enthusiast. What does that have to do with him being a disgusting paedophile and sex offender. You’re just branding all car enthusiasts a bad name. It’s disgusting and also very bad reporting. Remove it.

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Man dies following Christmas Eve assault

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LLANELLI JOINT INVESTIGATION UNIT is investigating a serious assault on a man that occurred just after midnight on Sunday, December 24, 2017, at Vista Lounge, Llanelli.

The victim – 52-year-old Denzil Vaughan Edwards – has today (Jan 17) tragically passed away following a period of medical attention at the Heath hospital, Cardiff. His family is being supported by specialist officers.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers are making a further appeal for information about the incident, and would like to speak to anyone who has not yet been in contact with the police.

Any witnesses, or anyone who was at Vista Lounge on Saturday, December 23, into the early hours of Sunday, December 24, are urged to contact DS Ceri Evans or DC Amy Davies by calling 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A 36-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of assault on December 24 and is currently on police bail.

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Police advise ‘hang up on suspicious callers’

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A NATIONAL telephone scam, aiming to steal money, has reached residents living within the Dyfed-Powys area.

Paul Callard, of Dyfed-Powys Police’s Financial Crime Team, said: “Action Fraud has today  made us aware three people living in Dyfed-Powys have been contacted by fraudsters claiming to be from BT, in the past four days. While three people have reported, we suspect many more have been targeted.

“Victims receive a telephone call from someone pretending to be from BT who is calling due to a problem with the victim’s internet connection speed. During the call the victim is asked to open their online banking, eBay, Tesco and other accounts. The scammer then tries to gain remote access to the victim’s computer to empty the victim’s bank account.

“BT will never ask for remote access to your computer or access to your online bank account. We urge anyone who receives unsolicited/cold calls from any company hang up immediately. Do not enter into conversation with them, provide them with any personal details or send them any money. You should only phone the company back using a trusted phone number.”

If you have been the victim of fraud, attempted fraud, or cyber crime, or have received a potential scam message or computer virus but no money has been lost or you haven’t responded to it, report it to Action Fraud either online or by calling 0300 123 2040.

For further advice and information on how to avoid being scammed visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

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Man consumed ‘six treble vodkas’ as he looked after children

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A CARMARTHENSHIRE man found in public with his two young children after he drank six treble vodkas appeared before magistrates in Llanelli on Thursday (Jan 11)

The man, in his 40s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to two charges of being drunk in charge of a child under the age of seven.

Lisa Jones, prosecuting, requested that the case be adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

She told the court that last September police officers spoke to the man, who had two children with him – one in a pram.

The officers could smell alcohol and he said that he had only had six drinks but was unsteady on his feet.

The defendant went on to say that he had not slept for the past five days, had consumed six treble vodka-and-cokes that day and thought he was ‘tipsy’.

There was a bottle of clear liquid under the pram which was established to be vodka. The man admitted to drinking once a week and said that the children had eaten four hours previously.

Sentencing was adjourned for three weeks to allow the probation services to carry out a full report. The defendant was released on unconditional bail until then.

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