Pontypool man jailed for raping girl, 13

RAPIST: Johnathan Ford

RAPIST: Johnathan Ford

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A PONTYPOOL man has been jailed for ten years for raping a child under the age of 13.

At Cardiff Crown Court, Johnathan Ford, 32, of Newman Road, admitted raping the girl and sexually assaulting her.

He also pleaded guilty to 15 counts of making indecent images of children and possessing 237 indecent images.

Police were alerted to the offences in April this year when images were found on Ford’s tablet computer. His home was searched and multiple devices and disks were found, all containing indecent photographs.

Prosecutor Marian Lewis said Ford originally told officers that he could not explain how the images got onto his devices as he only downloaded games. She added: “[But] the history of the computer shows that searches had been conducted looking for child pornography.”

The court was also told Ford had made his own indecent photographs.

In mitigation, Rupert Lowe said that Ford had been involved in a serious accident in 2004 when he was hit by two buses and had not been able to work since.

He added that Ford had suffered anxiety and depression since the accident and that he was now sorry for his actions and wished he could turn back time.

Judge DJ Hale told Ford: “She was a very young child, who knows what harm that will do to her in the future.

“I’m not told of any specific emotional damage but it would be very surprising if there were not.”

He sentenced Ford to 10 years’ imprisonment for rape, four years for assault and six months for making indecent images of children, which will run concurrently.

He was also sentenced to two months behind bars for breaching a restraining order, also to run concurrently.

Ford has been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life and is banned from ever working with children.

Judge Hale added: “This is a totally shameful case, you should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.”

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5:19pm Wed 6 Aug 14

displayed says...

"In mitigation, Rupert Lowe said that Ford had been involved in a serious accident in 2004 when he was hit by two buses and had not been able to work since. "

There you go, thats the reason why he makes these decisions!
Simple really, its not his fault, it was the accident!

Yeh rite, seen any pigs in the sky recently............
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"In mitigation, Rupert Lowe said that Ford had been involved in a serious accident in 2004 when he was hit by two buses and had not been able to work since. " There you go, thats the reason why he makes these decisions! Simple really, its not his fault, it was the accident! Yeh rite, seen any pigs in the sky recently............ ...... displayed
  • Score: 28

9:16am Thu 7 Aug 14

myopinion1988 says...

the bus clearly didn't hit him hard enough!
the bus clearly didn't hit him hard enough! myopinion1988
  • Score: 16

11:07am Thu 7 Aug 14

WELSH BUDDAH says...

myopinion1988 wrote:
the bus clearly didn't hit him hard enough!
They should chuck under a artic lorry now or maybe on the fast lane of the M4 at night when it probably full of lorries. Castrate him that would solve all the problems with these dirty Bxxxxxxs, Rupert Lowe there is no mitigating circumstances in a case like this because he could of asked for help himself.
[quote][p][bold]myopinion1988[/bold] wrote: the bus clearly didn't hit him hard enough![/p][/quote]They should chuck under a artic lorry now or maybe on the fast lane of the M4 at night when it probably full of lorries. Castrate him that would solve all the problems with these dirty Bxxxxxxs, Rupert Lowe there is no mitigating circumstances in a case like this because he could of asked for help himself. WELSH BUDDAH
  • Score: 12

6:48pm Thu 7 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

judge hale and defence brief rupert lowe .The two of you should be ashamed of yourselves .as for the pedo i sincerely hope he dies inside ,theres no place for this on the outside ,especially in as short a time as five yrs .what you both think messers hale and lowe
judge hale and defence brief rupert lowe .The two of you should be ashamed of yourselves .as for the pedo i sincerely hope he dies inside ,theres no place for this on the outside ,especially in as short a time as five yrs .what you both think messers hale and lowe jimmysmith
  • Score: 4

2:05pm Fri 8 Aug 14

DavidMclean says...

displayed wrote:
"In mitigation, Rupert Lowe said that Ford had been involved in a serious accident in 2004 when he was hit by two buses and had not been able to work since. "

There you go, thats the reason why he makes these decisions!
Simple really, its not his fault, it was the accident!

Yeh rite, seen any pigs in the sky recently............

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There's always a crap excuse given.

If it were up to me, pathetic and obvious excuses would result in an even greater sentence if found guilty. That way accused would only submit an excuse if it was valid and relevant. As it is, the excuses are always an insult.
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: "In mitigation, Rupert Lowe said that Ford had been involved in a serious accident in 2004 when he was hit by two buses and had not been able to work since. " There you go, thats the reason why he makes these decisions! Simple really, its not his fault, it was the accident! Yeh rite, seen any pigs in the sky recently............ ......[/p][/quote]There's always a crap excuse given. If it were up to me, pathetic and obvious excuses would result in an even greater sentence if found guilty. That way accused would only submit an excuse if it was valid and relevant. As it is, the excuses are always an insult. DavidMclean
  • Score: 2

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