A West Rhyl pensioner who raped an unconscious woman in her flat has been jailed for seven years.
Vernon Henshaw was found guilty last month of attacking the woman in the kitchen of her Colwyn Bay home in July 2015. He had denied rape, claiming she had consented to having sex with him.
A judge told Henshaw (67) of West Parade that he had ”developed a fascination” with the woman, who had only met him by chance several weeks earlier.
During the three day trial, the court heard Henshaw had been selling off cheap tobacco and cigarettes, which his victim was interested in buying. She had refused to allow him into his home after making unwanted advances.
Henshaw, who is deaf and blind in one eye, found his way into the flat after the front door was left open. He squeezed tightly around her neck, causing her to faint and preceded to rape her. He left, promising to return the following day, but was told that police would be informed. Later that day, he was arrested.
The woman denied during cross examination claims that Henshaw had suggested they should live together and engage in casual sex.
At sentencing, the Recorder Paul Lewis QC told Henshaw that his fascination had extended to occasionally following her around town and sending her notes. At one point, she had to go into a shop to try and avoid him.
Mr Lewis said he accepted Henshaw’s communication and learning difficulties – although he had given his own evidence to the jury without much invervention. He added that although there had been no element of planning in the attack, his victim must have found it ”extremely traumatic and distressing”.
Henshaw, who had accepted he was going to receive a substantial jail term, was also order to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.
Source: Daily Post
Police are looking for a teenager who attacked a 12 year-old boy at a Towyn caravan park.
The boy was punched several times around the head at the Ty Mawr holiday park on Towyn Park at around 3.10pm on Thursday afternoon. Officers said the victim was left very distressed by the assault, but he suffered only minor injuries.
The attacker is described as male, around 15 years old and of medium build with short, messy mousey-brown hair. He was wearing a black and grey Liverpool FC away strip, a white cap and blue trainers.
Anyone with information about the assault should contact PC Lynne Dunkley at Abergele Police Station on 101. Alternatively, contact the police control room in St Asaph via the live web chat.
A footballer playing for a Prestatyn club has been arrested after a fight led to a Welsh Alliance league match being abandoned.
Prestatyn Sports were trailing 2-1 at Llanlyfni, near Penygroes when clashes broke out on Saturday. The Division Two game was halted just before half time after scuffles involving players and fans who invaded the pitch at Cae Brenin Sior V.
Llanlyfni said on Saturday night that one of their players, Sion Hughes, was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and has undergone an X-ray after being kicked in the head.
Both clubs have confirmed that one Prestatyn Sports’ players is in custody – but police have yet to comment on the incident.
Pupils across Denbighshire are celebrating excellent examination results this year. Early indications show that approximately 66.2% of students have achieved 5 A* – C grades which is in line with the national figures for Wales and England.
Approximately 61% of pupils have achieved 5A* – C including English/Welsh and Mathematics which continues a trend of improvement. Overall, early indications show that achievement in Denbighshire this year reflects the national picture. There have been some outstanding personal successes.
Councillor Eryl Williams, Cabinet Lead Member for Lifelong Learning, said: “These results are very pleasing and I would like to congratulate all the students who have achieved the grades needed to further their education.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the county’s schools for their tireless efforts in preparing students for their examinations. The results speak volumes about the commitment and dedication of all those involved”.
Please note – all figures are provisional and will be verified in the Autumn.
A Greater Manchester man who raped a young girl in Rhyl has been jailed for 12 years.
Jonathan Baines from Prestwich handed himself into police the day after the sex attack took place. He pleaded guilty at Caernarfon Crown Court on Thursday.
The court heard Baines walked into Rhyl police station last month and told officers: ”I’ve come to report a crime I’ve done and hand myself in.” The Recorder Jeremy Jenkins said he accepted the 27 year-old had a high degree of remorse.
Baines will serve at least seven years in prison before being released on licence for the rest of his sentence. He must also remain on the sex offenders register for life and obey a prevention order.
Detectives are looking for two men who attacked a man with a bottle as he was walking with his partner and baby on a Prestatyn estate.
The 22 year-old local man was kicked and stamped on by the men on Winchester Drive as they passed him by on the street at around 6.40pm yesterday.
The victim suffered serious injuries which are not life threatening or changing – the ‘unprovoked’ attack was said to have left both him and his partner very distressed.
The attackers are described as around 17 years old, standing at 5’9” tall and of medium build. One of the men was wearing a black jacket and carrying a backpack – he had short strawberry blonde hair and a spacer in his ear lobe. The other man had wavy black hair and was wearing denim skinny jeans.
Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the attack should contact DS Mark Doyle at St Asaph CID on 101 (quoting reference no. RC16127832) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, contact the police control room via the live web chat.
During August 2016, North Wales Police and Denbighshire County Council Licensing officers conducted a joint operation aimed at ensuring taxis in the Rhyl, Prestatyn and Denbigh areas are fit for purpose, complying with licensing regulations and in a road worthy condition to carry passengers.
During the operation 19 taxis were stopped and checked with eleven identified with minor defects or non-compliance with licensing regulations. Four incidents were dealt with means of deferred suspension, which means they have a limited period of time to rectify the offence, and the other seven given advice and guidance.
Sergeant Mark Jones of the Safer Neighbour Policing Team at Prestatyn said “Ensuring the travelling public’s safety and roadworthiness of taxi’s and private hire vehicles is an important part of helping keep communities safe. We have an excellent working relationship with our partners in Denbighshire County Council and our joint operation yesterday ensures that we are all working towards the same goals.
“Although the vehicle defects were minor, all car owners particularly those who carry fayre paying passengers, have a responsibility and duty of care to keep their passengers safe.
“It’s very likely this operation will be repeated and so I’d ask the public for their help and if they have any concerns about the roadworthiness of any vehicle to contact North Wales Police.”
Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire Council’s Public Protection Manager, said: “We carry out these spot checks occasionally, as part of our efforts to protect the well-being of taxi passengers. As part of our priority of delivering good regulation, we are committed to taking action against the ones that do not invest in safety and therefore undercut the compliant businesses.
“Drivers have a responsibility to their passengers, other road users and the community in general to keep their vehicles in a safe and clean condition. It was positive to see that only minor issues were identified but given the majority of vehicles stopped were found to be committing some sort of offence we will continue these joint operations to ensure standards are maintained or improved where necessary”
Denbighshire Licensing officers can be contacted on 01824 706342 or firstname.lastname@example.org. North Wales Police can be contacted by phoning 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Alternatively contact the control room direct via the new web live chat http://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/chat-support.aspx
TUESDAY 23RD AUGUST 2016
LOCK STOCK WELSH ALLIANCE
GREENFIELD 3-1 ABERGELE TOWN
Abergele’s unbeaten start was halted by a Greenfield side who dominated even after the visitors were reduced to ten men. Liam Jones and Tom Carney put the hosts ahead by the break, but Ryan Woods pegged back a goal within two minutes of the second half.
Gele had to dig in after Allan Jones was sent off for an off-the-ball incident – likewise for Greenfield, who bagged the points with a sweet finish from Connor Hughes in the 87th minute and condemned Abergele to their first defeat.
ST ASAPH CITY 3-0 GLAN CONWY
The Saints were the first to admit that their second win of the term was not of star quality. It took until the hour mark for Jake Walker to break the deadlock, before John Terry and Andy Bell sealed victory at The Roe in the final ten minutes. City are unbeaten in three games.
DENBIGH TOWN 4-0 COLWYN BAY
Denbigh have three wins from three and remain the early leaders after seeing off the Seagulls with a Rhys Llwyd hattrick. Sean James was also on target for Town.
WEDNESDAY 24TH AUGUST 2016
LOCK STOCK WELSH ALLIANCE
MELIDEN 0-2 MOCHDRE SPORTS
A competitive victory still aludes Mochdre after two league defeats and an early Welsh Cup exit last weekend. At the Mine on Wednesday, they were left wanting after early second half goals from Matt Lowndes (51′) and Howard Vaughan (62′)
PRESTATYN TOWN 1-2 LLANRUG UNITED
Two penalties saw the visitors nab all three points from the Seasiders, despite Ben Maher taking the lead early on. Ceirion Williams dispatched both spot kicks either side of the break to confirm Town’s first defeat.