Child sex abuser jailed for crimes

12-year sen­tence af­ter as­sault on girl:

Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page - KATIE-ANN GUPWELL katieann.gupwell@waleson­line.co.uk

A MAN has been jailed for 12 years for sex­u­ally abus­ing a child.

Daniel Bev­eridge, 34, was charged with seven counts of sex­ual as­sault on a girl un­der the age of 13.

He was also charged with one count of in­cit­ing a girl un­der the age of 13 to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, one count of at­tempted rape of a girl un­der the age of 13 and sex­ual as­sault.

All the charges re­late to one vic­tim.

Bev­eridge was con­victed by a jury fol­low­ing a trial in July.

At New­port Crown Court, Bev­eridge, from Brid­gend, was given an ex­tended sen­tence of 16 years, com­pris­ing a cus­to­dial term of 12 years and an ex­tended li­cence pe­riod of four years.

He was also made the sub­ject of an in­def­i­nite sex­ual harm pre­ven- tion or­der and placed on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter.

Fol­low­ing the case, De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble An­drew Wal­lace said: “To­day’s re­sult is tes­ta­ment to the brav­ery of the vic­tim, who has not only shown con­sid­er­able strength and courage in com­ing for­ward to re­port the abuse she suf­fered, but also through­out the lengthy and com­plex in­ves­ti­ga­tion and court process.

“This was made all the more har­row­ing by Bev­eridge’s re­fusal to ad­mit his guilt, thus forc­ing the vic­tim to live through the or­deal of a trial.

“I hope to­day’s re­sult gives her some com­fort as she comes to terms with the abuse she suf­fered and at­tempts to re­build her life.

“I also hope that it sends a mes­sage to any­one else who has suf­fered or is cur­rently suf­fer­ing abuse, that they can come for­ward and any al­le­ga­tions will be taken se­ri­ously.

“I can­not imag­ine how dif­fi­cult it must be to come for­ward to re­port such ap­palling crimes, but I want to re­as­sure any­one con­sid­er­ing do­ing so that there is a whole range of sup­port out there, not only from the police but from part­ner agen­cies who can help you through the en­tire process.”

DC Wal­lace added: “Of­fi­cers in the spe­cial­ist child abuse in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit cov­er­ing Brid­gend and the Vale of Glam­or­gan will con­tinue to work tire­lessly to pro­tect chil­dren and bring per­pe­tra­tors of child abuse to jus­tice.”

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