Judge tells pen­sioner he will be sent to prison for cat­a­logue of abuse

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Gareth Wyn Wil­liams

A PAE­DOPHILE pen­sioner, who blamed his epilepsy for some of his crimes, has been warned he faces prison.

Leslie Brindle was found guilty last week of a “cat­a­logue” of sex­ual at­tacks on young girls.

The jury took four hours to con­vict the 70-yearold on all 11 charges, which in­clude three counts of in­cit­ing a girl un­der 13 to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity and of in­de­cently ex­pos­ing him­self to young girls.

Brindle, of Madog Street, Porth­madog, had used his epilepsy and re­sult­ing seizures to jus­tify some of the abuse.

Judge Recorder Wyn Lloyd Jones warned the for­mer baker he faces a prison sen­tence, and he was bailed un­til a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing on Oc­to­ber 20.

Brindle, who was com­forted by his fam­ily upon leav­ing the dock, has been or­dered to sign the Sex Of­fend­ers’ Reg­is­ter.

The judge said: “There can only be one sen­tence for a cat­a­logue of se­ri­ous of­fences against young chil­dren, and that will be prison.

“I will be mer­ci­ful and ex­tend your bail so you can sort out your af­fairs. But, be un­der no il­lu­sions, you are look­ing at prison.”

The week-long trial at Caernar­fon Crown Court heard ev­i­dence from some of Brindle’s vic­tims, who said he had ex­posed him­self through open win­dows at his home, as well as en­gag­ing in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity. Some of the of­fences took place 30 years apart. Pros­e­cu­tors proved that Brindle had also in­ten­tion­ally ex­posed him­self to girls by pulling down his jog­ging bot­toms, and he was ar­rested for indecent ex­po­sure in 1970.

Af­ter the lat­est al­le­ga­tions were re­ported to po­lice last sum­mer, a woman came for­ward to re­port that she had also been sub­jected to abuse by Brindle dur­ing the late 1980s.

But, when asked by po­lice of­fi­cers about the al­le­ga­tions, Brindle said: “They have a very vivid imag­i­na­tion.”

He dis­missed the sim­i­lar­ity of the of­fences over such a wide time frame as merely “co­in­ci­dence”.

Sion ap Mi­hangel, de­fend­ing, urged the judge to con­sider the de­fen­dant’s age and poor health.

Leslie Brindle, 70, of Porth­madog had tried to blame epilep­tic seizures for part of his crimes

● Leslie Brindle’s crimes against young girls spanned 30 years

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