Man jailed for sex as­sault af­ter Christ­mas party

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

THE son of opera singer Rhys Meirion, who was trapped in the wreck­age of his crashed car, was told by res­cuers he was “lucky to be alive”.

Osian Meirion Jones was driv­ing home last week when his Vaux­hall Corsa col­lided with a tree near Ruthin. The 21-year-old had to be cut free by fire­fight­ers.

“I couldn’t move at all. The first to stop was a first re­spon­der on his Stoke hospi­tal. Luck­ily, the in­juries were noth­ing more than se­vere bruis­ing and some cuts and I only had to spend a night in hospi­tal.

I thought I’d be a lot worse,” he said.

Iron­i­cally, Rhys Meirion led groups of celebri­ties on three marathon spon­sored walks, along­side his son, to raise money for the Wales Air Am­bu­lance.

Osian added: “I never thought I would end up be­ing one of their pa­tients.”

Now re­cov­er­ing, Osian is already plan­ning an­other spon­sored walk to raise more money for the Wales Air Am­bu­lance.

Rhys, who might join him on the walk, said each Wales Air Am­bu­lance mis­sion costs about £1,500. A MAN who ad­mit­ted sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a drunken wo­man af­ter a Christ­mas party has been locked up.

Paul Barry Owen was told by the judge the wo­man had felt “de­praved and de­stroyed” by the as­sault and had suf­fered flash­backs since the in­ci­dent last De­cem­ber.

Owen, of Bryn Heu­log, Ty­wyn, was jailed for 49 months and or­dered to sign the Sex Of­fend­ers’ Reg­is­ter for life.

Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke told the 50-year-old at Caernar­fon Crown Court yes­ter­day: “Th­ese are se­ri­ous of­fences as you have taken ad­van­tage of a wo­man in a drunken state.

“Quite clearly they are so se­ri­ous only an im­me­di­ate cus­to­dial sen­tence is ap­pro­pri­ate.”

The judge ad­journed an ap­pli­ca­tion for a re­strain­ing order pre­vent­ing Owen from con­tact­ing the wo­man in order for fur­ther in­quiries to be made.

A Vic­tim Per­sonal State­ment, sum­marised in court, said the in­ci­dent had a pro­found ef­fect on the wo­man and she wor­ried about see­ing Owen in the street.

Prose­cut­ing bar­ris­ter, Brett Williamson, said the wo­man had been to a Christ­mas party in the Ty­wyn area.

“She met friends be­fore go­ing to the party and al­co­hol was con­sumed, and she drank more than she was ac­cus­tomed to and be­came ill,” he said.

Mr Williamson said a friend took her home but re­quired as­sis­tance to get her in­side the house and called Owen to help.

The friend left, but Owen re­mained, and it was dur­ing this time the as­sault took place.

The bar­ris­ter said the wo­man had no rec­ol­lec­tion of leav­ing the party or the jour­ney home and awoke to find Owen as­sault­ing her.

She told him to stop on more than one occasion.

Later, af­ter speak­ing with mem­bers of her fam­ily, she alerted po­lice and Owen was arrested and ques­tioned.

He ini­tially de­nied the as­sault, claim­ing the sexual ac­tiv­ity was con­sen­sual. But, when Owen ap­peared in court last month for a plea hear­ing, he ad­mit­ted his guilt.

Elen Owen, de­fend­ing, said Owen had found the wo­man in a “terrible state” and gen­uinely had her best in­ter­ests at heart but had then as­saulted her.

“He knows he shouldn’t have done it. His re­gret is fully set out in the pre­sen­tence re­port and he feels shame, guilt and dis­gust,” she said.

● Osian Meirion Jones; and, in­set, his fa­ther Rhys Meirion

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