Plaid coun­cil­lor ‘at­tacked women’

One as­saulted with elec­tric mas­sager, court told:

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - JES­SICA WAL­FORD and ADAM HALE echo.news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

A PLAID Cymru coun­cil­lor “put his hands all over a wo­man” dur­ing a gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign be­fore “touch­ing an­other wo­man with a body mas­sager”, a court heard.

Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil­lor Wil­liam Haydn Rees Jones, 67, de­nies two counts of sex­ual as­sault against two dif­fer­ent women.

Merthyr Tyd­fil Crown Court heard that the Tre­herbert coun­cil­lor “put his hands all over a wo­man” in the first al­leged at­tack, which took place in March 2015.

Pros­e­cu­tor Roger Grif­fiths told the court the first al­leged vic­tim, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, was at a shop Plaid Cymru was rent­ing in Sta­tion Road in Tre­orchy as a party base ahead of the 2015 gen­eral elec­tion.

Jones was a party mem­ber and ac­tivist at the time.

The court heard Jones ap­proached his al­leged vic­tim and “with­out warn­ing picked her up and placed her over his shoul­ders”.

Mr Grif­fiths told the court: “He then car­ried her to the back room, shut­ting the door be­hind him.

“She be­came con­cerned.

“He put her down and his hands then went ev­ery­where.”

Jones was lean­ing across the door, the court heard, not let­ting his al­leged vic­tim out.

The wo­man told the court she re­peat­edly yelled “no” but Jones ig­nored her and con­tin­ued to touch her body.

Mr Grif­fiths said: “He con­tin­ued to touch her all over then forced his tongue down her throat and con­tin­ued to say ‘come on.’”

Jones even­tu­ally moved away from the door and both re­turned to the front of the shop.

The wo­man told the court Jones wouldn’t stop de­spite her ask­ing.

“His hands were ev­ery­where,” she told the court.

“I was quite fran­tic. They were all over me.

“I kept say­ing no but he kept say­ing ‘come on.’ “He wasn’t stop­ping.” Dur­ing a po­lice in­ter­view Jones said the in­ci­dent was a “mis­un­der­stand­ing” and he thought the wo­man had been “en­cour­ag­ing” him.

The sec­ond charge dates back to an al­leged in­ci­dent in Jan­uary this year where Jones was ac­cused of us­ing a body mas­sager to touch a wo­man at his home in Tre­herbert.

The court heard he had met the wo­man, who can­not be iden­ti­fied, while out can­vass­ing for votes for his suc­cess­ful elec­tion to Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil in May 2017.

Mr Grif­fiths said: “In­side a navy ruck­sack Mr Jones pulled out a body mas­sager.

“The de­fen­dant told her to turn around to show how it worked. He then used the de­vice on her but­tock and moved it back and forth.

“He then used the mas­sager on her breasts.

“It was then moved to the groin area.

“He used the mas­sager with so much force it forced her legs to move apart.”

“She told Jones: ‘I’m a mar­ried wo­man.’ Jones replied: ‘Your hus­band doesn’t have to know.’”

Mr Grif­fiths said the wo­man fled af­ter Jones’ elderly mother, who was else­where in the prop­erty, shouted to her son about need­ing the bath­room.

The al­leged vic­tim man­aged to leave the house be­fore later be­ing sick, the court heard.

When ques­tioned by po­lice Jones said the in­ci­dent at his home hap­pened af­ter the wo­man asked how his elec­tric mas­sage de­vice worked but he de­nied any­thing sex­ual took place.

Jones, from Eileen Place, Tre­herbert, de­nies two counts of sex­ual as­sault.

The trial con­tin­ues.

Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil­lor Wil­liam Haydn Rees Jones de­nies two counts of sex­ual as­sault

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