Newport man sent 'disgusting' messages to under 13 girl

Newport man sent 'disgusting' messages to under 13 girl

Newport man sent 'disgusting' messages to under 13 girl

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A NEWPORT man was given a three-and-a-half year detention order after sending “disgusting” messages of a sexual nature to a girl aged under 13.

Lee Edwards, 20, pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child of under 13 to engage in sexual activity at a hearing last month.

Prosecutor Gareth James told Cardiff Crown Court how Edwards initially complimented the girl, who cannot be named, on Facebook, telling her she was “pretty”.

Edwards, of Clytha Crescent, Newport, then told her she could come over to his apartment where they could watch a film, adding he wanted to “kiss and cuddle her”. He added she could be his “secret girlfriend” and even asked her to send naked photos of herself to him. The victim’s mother notified the police after seeing the messages, which were sent over a two to three week period last year when Edwards was aged 19.

In mitigation, Catherine Richards, said Edwards is “immature and struggles to communicate”.

But sentencing Edwards, Judge Stephen Hopkins QC said: “(What you did) was rather disgusting to say the least. When her mother found out, there is no doubt she was horrified.

“Taking into account you have no previous convictions, your behaviour is totally bewildering to those close to you.”

He sentenced Edwards to three-and-a-half years detention and to register as a sex offender indefinitely.

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8:57am Tue 27 May 14

displayed says...

In mitigation, Catherine Richards, said Edwards is “immature and struggles to communicate”.

Is he real or what, he was quite able to communicate to this young girl !
It was only the intervention of the mother that stopped him!

I think the Defence Council's Catherine Richards needs a change of career!
In mitigation, Catherine Richards, said Edwards is “immature and struggles to communicate”. Is he real or what, he was quite able to communicate to this young girl ! It was only the intervention of the mother that stopped him! I think the Defence Council's Catherine Richards needs a change of career! displayed
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9:02am Tue 27 May 14

-trigg- says...

The job of the Deence counsel is to do their best for their client, regardless of their own feelings and to thereby ensure that they receive a fair trial. It is a difficult job to defend the indefensible but is an essential part of the justice system.
The job of the Deence counsel is to do their best for their client, regardless of their own feelings and to thereby ensure that they receive a fair trial. It is a difficult job to defend the indefensible but is an essential part of the justice system. -trigg-
  • Score: 9

10:10am Tue 27 May 14

chelsea1970 says...

When it comes to defending people of this offence . Surely she can choose either to defend him or not . And I wonder if she would defend him if her daughter was the victim ? ? . Makes you wonder if £ signs means more than right or wrong !!!!
When it comes to defending people of this offence . Surely she can choose either to defend him or not . And I wonder if she would defend him if her daughter was the victim ? ? . Makes you wonder if £ signs means more than right or wrong !!!! chelsea1970
  • Score: -7

10:37am Tue 27 May 14

Roger Elliot says...

You are advocating condemning people without defence? This is how Nazi Germany got started. You have not thought it through.
You are advocating condemning people without defence? This is how Nazi Germany got started. You have not thought it through. Roger Elliot
  • Score: 6

12:17pm Tue 27 May 14

chelsea1970 says...

I understand what u are saying . But if he have said he done it which he clearly as , how could anyone defend someone like that and offer mitigating circumstances . I might be wrong in what I am saying but I have children myself and it makes my blood boil when people try to excuse these actions for offenders especially when theirs children involved . I apologise if I have affected people by what I have said . I am sure their are parents out their who feel the same way .
I understand what u are saying . But if he have said he done it which he clearly as , how could anyone defend someone like that and offer mitigating circumstances . I might be wrong in what I am saying but I have children myself and it makes my blood boil when people try to excuse these actions for offenders especially when theirs children involved . I apologise if I have affected people by what I have said . I am sure their are parents out their who feel the same way . chelsea1970
  • Score: 2

1:15pm Tue 27 May 14

-trigg- says...

I too have children and have an interest in making sure that such offenders are properly punished.

However, the last thing we want is to see these people get off on a technicality because they didn't have someone competent conducting their defence.

Save your venom for the guilty party, not the person simply doing their job.
I too have children and have an interest in making sure that such offenders are properly punished. However, the last thing we want is to see these people get off on a technicality because they didn't have someone competent conducting their defence. Save your venom for the guilty party, not the person simply doing their job. -trigg-
  • Score: 4

1:55pm Tue 27 May 14

chelsea1970 says...

Problem is guilty party doesn't get what they deserve at the end of the day did not mean to single defence out but the guilty party never get what they deserve .
Problem is guilty party doesn't get what they deserve at the end of the day did not mean to single defence out but the guilty party never get what they deserve . chelsea1970
  • Score: 2

5:59pm Tue 27 May 14

crazyaunty says...

I totally agree with the comments made by "displayed", this sick twisted man clearly knew what he was doing, he was more than capable of contacting the victim and who knows what he would have done next if he hadn't been found out by the mum and reported to the police. Well done to judge Stephen Hopkins who rightly banged up this pervert, I only wish the sentence was longer. hope the victim and her family are now safe.
I totally agree with the comments made by "displayed", this sick twisted man clearly knew what he was doing, he was more than capable of contacting the victim and who knows what he would have done next if he hadn't been found out by the mum and reported to the police. Well done to judge Stephen Hopkins who rightly banged up this pervert, I only wish the sentence was longer. hope the victim and her family are now safe. crazyaunty
  • Score: 2

6:35pm Tue 27 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

In no way would I condone what this bloke has done, but at three and a half years he did get a pretty steep sentence for what the judge deems to be that 'disgusting' message considering that recently several members of a gang who murdered a person with Asberger's Syndrome only got three!!! Sadly, such a lenient sentence suggests the message that we live in a society where disabled people's lives are considered to be worth less than those of the able-bodied. And the development of that mind-set, my friends, actually really is just how Nazi Germany started.
In no way would I condone what this bloke has done, but at three and a half years he did get a pretty steep sentence for what the judge deems to be that 'disgusting' message considering that recently several members of a gang who murdered a person with Asberger's Syndrome only got three!!! Sadly, such a lenient sentence suggests the message that we live in a society where disabled people's lives are considered to be worth less than those of the able-bodied. And the development of that mind-set, my friends, actually really is just how Nazi Germany started. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 0

8:25pm Tue 27 May 14

Dee-Gee says...

chelsea1970 wrote:
I understand what u are saying . But if he have said he done it which he clearly as , how could anyone defend someone like that and offer mitigating circumstances . I might be wrong in what I am saying but I have children myself and it makes my blood boil when people try to excuse these actions for offenders especially when theirs children involved . I apologise if I have affected people by what I have said . I am sure their are parents out their who feel the same way .
It makes everyone's blood boil, I think. It's not a job I'd like to do, but a lot of professionals have to be able to put their personal feelings aside and deal with scumbags in the same way they'd deal with anyone else. Surgeons have to operate on serial killers, care workers have to look after elderly and infirm wife beaters... some poor sods had to be Jon Venables and Robert Thompson's social workers, even.
[quote][p][bold]chelsea1970[/bold] wrote: I understand what u are saying . But if he have said he done it which he clearly as , how could anyone defend someone like that and offer mitigating circumstances . I might be wrong in what I am saying but I have children myself and it makes my blood boil when people try to excuse these actions for offenders especially when theirs children involved . I apologise if I have affected people by what I have said . I am sure their are parents out their who feel the same way .[/p][/quote]It makes everyone's blood boil, I think. It's not a job I'd like to do, but a lot of professionals have to be able to put their personal feelings aside and deal with scumbags in the same way they'd deal with anyone else. Surgeons have to operate on serial killers, care workers have to look after elderly and infirm wife beaters... some poor sods had to be Jon Venables and Robert Thompson's social workers, even. Dee-Gee
  • Score: 2

8:42pm Tue 27 May 14

chelsea1970 says...

Well I think it takes someone with a lot more patience , understanding and a lot of self control to be able to put themselves through defending somebody like this . Something I certainly couldn't do
Well I think it takes someone with a lot more patience , understanding and a lot of self control to be able to put themselves through defending somebody like this . Something I certainly couldn't do chelsea1970
  • Score: 3

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