AN 82-YEAR-OLD Llandysul man who had the nerve to sexually assault an eight year old girl while travelling in the same car as her mother has been jailed for four years today (Dec 19).
Swansea Crown Court heard the mother was unaware of what was happening and only discovered the truth years later.
William Bryant, of Pencader Road, Pontwelly, denied the accusation but was convicted by a jury following a trial.
The jury heard the offending went back more than 30 years but the girl did not reveal the truth until she was an adult suffering psychological difficulties.
Bryant had been born in Pencader but left to live in the Hull area. He returned in the 1970s to take over the family’s blacksmith business and later retired to Llandysul.
His barrister, Frank Phillips, said Bryant’s offending had had a devastating effect on his family and on the local community where he lived.
He said Bryant would find prison very difficult to cope with and urged Judge Christopher Vosper to consider a suspended sentence or a community order.
Judge Vosper said that at the time the offence was committed the maximum sentence was only five years, but it was now 15 years.
Judge Vosper said there could be no alternative to an immediate jail sentence.
He said he took into account Bryant’s age and good character, and the fact that he had not offended again.
But he also had to abide by sentencing guidelines laid down by the government.
Bryant was also banned from working with children and ordered to register with the police as a sex offender indefinitely.