Man not guilty of at­tempted ab­duc­tion

Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page - PHILIP DEWEY philip.dewey@waleson­line.co.uk

A MAN ac­cused of try­ing to abduct a three-year-old boy by en­tic­ing him away from his mother has been ac­quit­ted.

A MAN ac­cused of try­ing to abduct a three-year-old boy by en­tic­ing him away from his mother has been ac­quit­ted.

David Havard, 26, de­nied try­ing to en­cour­age the boy, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, to race him and de­nied say­ing: “Come with me. I’ve got a present in my bed­room for you”.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the de­fen­dant man­aged to “en­tice” the child to fol­low him and the mother had to chase him. The mother told Havard’s trial she was “un­easy” about what hap­pened and later called the po­lice. The al­leged in­ci­dent took place on a piece of open land in Brid­gend on the evening of Satur- day, June 30. Havard, who suf­fers from a bor­der­line learn­ing dif­fi­culty and has an IQ of 72, said he only wanted to play with the boy and of­fered to give him a toy lightsaber.

Jurors re­turned a not guilty ver­dict at Cardiff Crown Court on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26, fol­low­ing a two-day trial.

De­spite be­ing found not guilty Havard was made sub­ject to a re­strain­ing or­der pre­vent­ing him from con­tact­ing or ap­proach­ing the boy and his fam­ily and from at­tend­ing their home ad­dress.

Judge Neil Bid­der QC told Havard, of Greenacres, South Cor­nelly: “You don’t go near them or con­tact them in any way.

“If you do you are li­able to a term of im­pris­on­ment. It’s in your in­ter­est.”

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