A retired quarryman who raped a young girl for a decade has been warned he is unlikely to ever be released from prison.
Jack Beales was sentenced to fourteen years in jail for historic sexual abuse against a woman stretching back to when she was just six years old.
The 93 year-old was kicked out of his family’s home at Graianrhyd near Llanarmon yr Ial after he confessed to his wife and the victim’s mother that he had groped the child. He later lived alone at a flat on John Street in Rhyl.
Last week, Beales was found guilty of five counts of rape and six other sexual offences against the girl when he was aged between 67 and 77. He had previously admitted indecent assault.
Mold Crown Court heard it was only years after the abused stopped that the victim went to Beales’ home to confront him – she said she had been keeping a secret which ”had been making her ill” – but Beales had known all about it.
He was described as having a hold over her and even told her that if she told anyone, she would be the one to go to jail. Beales later claimed that he was giving the woman pleasure because ”that was what men did”. The abuse had left the victim on medication and suffering from anxiety, depression and a loss of confidence.
The defence said Beales was a ‘Bevin Boy’ with no previous convictions, who had been conscripted to work in the coal mines during World War II and worked as a quarryman until he retired.
They added while many in his generation could look back on their lives with pride, Beales could not because his legacy had been damaged by his actions. The barrister appealed to the judge to take his age and ill-health into account.
Sentencing Beales, who appeared via videolink from HMP Altcourse, Judge Rhys Rowlands told him he had targeted a very vulnerable child but did not show ”an ounce of remorse” and was devoid of ”any moral compass”. He added: ”You destroyed her childhood, which should have been the happiest time of her life…it was ruined by you and she continued to suffer into adulthood as a result.”
The judge said being thrown out by his wife and forced to live alone in a flat paled into insignificance by the misery inflicted on the victim, who was praised for behaving with great courage and dignity and showing great restraint in court. He also commended police and solicitor Alun Williams for going above and beyond by assisting the defendant during the trial.
Beales’ sentence includes a year on licence – he was told it was very unlikely that he would be released, unless it was an act of clemency. He must also sign the sex offenders’ register for life.
After sentencing, a spokesman for NSPCC Cymru Wales said: ”Beales’ heinous offending has had a devastating effect on his victim after he targeted her when she was a young child…it is right that he has been jailed for a considerable period of time which sends a message that action will be taken when victims come forward, no matter how long ago the offences took place.”
Source: Rhyl Journal