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.
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.”
Unwanted musical instruments needed for new homes
LOCAL AM Lee Waters is calling for people around the Llanelli region to donate any unused musical instruments to a new Welsh Government pilot, Instruments for Kids.
The scheme was launched at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on 2nd November by the Novello Orchestra using instruments donated by Assembly Members.
Lee Waters, who donated an old guitar, said: “Learning to play an instrument is an opportunity that should be given to every child. Music is one of life’s joys, and learning to play an instrument is fun! I was pleased to pass this old guitar on for someone else to enjoy.”
People across Wales are being encouraged to donate their once loved, but no longer played instruments across Wales between 20th and 24th November – a week that’s been designated ‘Music Instrument Amnesty Week’. The collected instruments will then be distributed through local authorities to children and schools that need them
David Mahoney, Founder of The Novello Orchestra and member of Only Men Aloud, is just one of several Welsh musicians supporting the campaign.
He said: “Music is such a big part of Welsh culture.The benefits of music making are endless and this scheme will provide a perfect opportunity to introduce musical performance to those who may not otherwise have been exposed to it.”
The nearest drop-off point for Llanelli residents will be at the Lord Mayor’s Reception, Guild Hall, Swansea, SA1 4PE (public entrance by clock tower) on November 23-24, between 9am and 7pm.
Police reaffirms commitment to a safe working environment
DYFED-POWYS POLICE has pledged to maintain its ongoing work to provide a safe working environment for all its staff.
Following the high profile accusations against members of the entertainment industry and reports that have subsequently followed from all corners of society, the force has taken action to ensure its staff and officers are aware of the existing support and mechanisms available to them.
While much work has already been – and continues to be – undertaken to tackle and eliminate unacceptable behaviour within Dyfed-Powys Police, chief officers are actively developing a culture where all members of staff are confident in speaking out.
An open letter has been issued to all employees, in which Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Claire Parmenter has reaffirmed that ensuring all staff can work in a fair and safe environment remains a key priority.
In it, she says: “The chief officer group wants to reassure you all that in Dyfed-Powys Police we hold our staff at the heart of our service and we will do everything we can to provide a safe working environment where everyone has the equal right to respect and dignity.
“The #MeToo Campaign was re-launched in the wake of the early allegations and has since been used by millions of women and men as an instantly recognisable method of removing the stigma that surrounds sexual harassment, by both victims and supporters of the campaign.
“While much work has already been undertaken to tackle and eliminate harassment, bullying and discrimination, work in this area is never done. Therefore, ensuring a fair, safe and equitable working environment for our staff in Dyfed-Powys Police remains an absolute priority.
“I have pledged my support to ongoing work aimed at reminding all officers and staff of the existing support and mechanisms available by which Dyfed-Powys Police encourages the reporting of wrong-doing. We will be reviewing policy, procedure and practice to ensure they remain current and that they are both supportive of victims and alleged perpetrators.
“We will also engage with staff associations and networks, the Police Federation and Unison to better understand staff concerns, embed high standards of conduct and reduce fear experienced by victims.”
Emergency works may cause disruptions
A NUMBER of council buildings will be without mains power for a period this afternoon (Nov 15) due to essential emergency works to a sub-station adjacent to Ty Elwyn, Llanelli.
The council’s emergency arrangements have been implemented to ensure minimal impact on services and members of the public, however some council buildings – Ty Elwyn and Llanelli Town Hall – are currently closed to staff and public.
Alternative power supplies have been arranged by the council and Western Power Distribution to ensure services continue at a number of other buildings in the vicinity, including Llanelli Leisure Centre, Caemaen Care Home and Day Centre, the Coleshill Centre and the cash desk at 2-4 Coleshill Terrace.
Telephone lines will however be affected at these buildings, as well as at Llanelli Library, Dafen Equipment Store, Maes Lliedi, Maes Y Morfa Integrated Children Centre, and Llanelli area Flying Start offices.
The council’s main contact centre is unaffected and customers can still access many council services and make contact with the council online at www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales, as well as calling 01267 234567.
Whilst emergency works are underway, further disruptions may be possible.
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