Ex-Abertridwr man convicted of child rape
3:27pm Wednesday 24th October 2012 in News
A FORMER serviceman from Abertridwr was today found guilty of sexually assaulting four young girls.
Reginald Davies, 78, committed the offences between 1949 and 1973 in what is believed to be one of the oldest criminal cases in UK legal history.
The former Abertridwr man was convicted of 13 offences, including rape, over the 24-year period in South Wales.
Two of his victims broke down in tears as the verdict was read out at Kingston Crown Court.
During the trial, prosecutor Hanna Llewellyn-Waters said Davies "preyed on the innocence’’ of the four girls, leaving them to carry the burden for the rest of their lives.
"You relied on their fear that they would not be believed and told them that they would be taken away from everything they loved,’’ she added.
The former miner, who was extradited from Western Australia in September last year, told the court that the four women - who cannot be named for legal reasons - were in "collusion’’ and lying.
The pensioner was arrested last July at his adopted home of Wanneroo on Australia's west coast after the allegations were reported in the UK in 2008.
He was found guilty of two charges of child rape, two charges of attempted rape, eight counts of indecent assault and one count of indecency with a child. He was cleared of one charge of child rape and one charge of attempted rape.
Davies served with the Royal Engineers and the Royal Dragoons before leaving the Army in 1957.