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The perverts, burglars and fraudsters banged up in Bristol – Bristol Post

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In another busy week for the court, cases we have covered have included child abusers as well as a rapist, a burglar and a fraudster.

Bristol Crown Court has administered justice to several people who have all been given custodial sentences for their crimes.

Below is who they are and what they did.

David Edwards

 

A child hired out for sexual purposes by her grandad was the victim of heinous ritualized abuse.

The eight-year old girl was taken to a home where a man would touch her improperly, before David Edwards would take his turn.

Bristol Crown Court heard that, years later, when the victim bumped into Edwards in Kingswood, he laughed in her face and asked her: “Do you remember me, do you remember what we used to do?”

After many more years the complainant reported him to police and in investigation ensued.

It transpired that, by then, Edwards was serving an 18-year prison sentence for raping and indecently assaulting three girls after he abused the eight-year-old.

Edwards, 65, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to four charges of indecent assault against the child.

Judge William Hart jailed him for two-and-a-half years, to run extra to the 18-year jail term he is serving.

The judge told Edwards: “I am limited to the maximum sentence at the time.

“The current equivalent is the sexual assault of a child aged under 13.

“There was severe psychological harm caused.

“There was specific targeting of a particularly vulnerable child.”

Bailey Stanley


A teenager accused of molesting a young girl said he was scratching a pimple on his back.

Bailey Stanley sat next to the seven-year-old on a sofa at a party, Bristol Crown Court heard.

She told her mum Stanley put his hand inside her underwear and touched her intimately.

And when Stanley was challenged he said: “I was scratching a pimple on my back and I may have touched her accidentally.”

Stanley, 19, of Bramley Wood Road in Weston-super-Mare, denied sexual assault but was convicted by a jury.

 

On the day of the trial he pleaded guilty to making and possessing some 10,000 indecent images of children.

The Recorder Ms Rosaleen Collins sent him to youth custody for two years and three months.

She told the court she recognized Stanley would be more vulnerable than most people in detention, but he had not cooperated in any “meaningful way” with a probation report or showed remorse.

Adam Gardiner

Adam Gardiner

A man struggling with a high sex drive went online and groomed a 12-year-old girl called Sofia, a court heard.

But it transpired the child – who he sent an obscene video of himself to – was actually a police law enforcer.

Adam Gardiner admitted a course of misconduct spanning January to April last year.

The 37-year-old of Millmead, Hartcliffe,pleaded guilty to: attempting to cause or incite a child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity; attempting sexual communication with a child; attempting to cause a child aged under 13 to look at an image of sexual activity; making indecent images of children.

Judge Martin Picton jailed him for two-and-a-half-years at Bristol Crown Court.

He told Gardiner: “You committed some offences which are depressingly familiar to the court.

“They are serious and you demonstrated a sexual interest in children.”

Gardiner was told to register as a sex offender for life and handed a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order designed to stop him re-offending.

His was deprived of his laptop computer and two mobile phones.

Pardon Bopoto

Pardon Bopoto has been jailed for rape

A teenager in the clutches of a sex attacker had the presence of mind to record audio evidence on her phone.

Pardon Bopoto met the young woman on a night out in Bristol.

A jury heard how he went back to her home, where she offered him her spare room for the night.

But when Bopoto “wouldn’t take no for an answer” and forced himself on her, she recalled an item she had seen on the This Morning TV show and courageously hit “record” on her mobile.

Bopoto, 36, of John Street in St Werburghs, was arrested and denied rape.

A jury who heard the audio recording at Bristol Crown Court convicted and today (March 15, 2019) he was jailed for six years.

Judge William Hart told him: “From the recording you can tell she has been drinking and is tired.

“All she wants you to do is leave her alone.

“You are determined to carry on and you did.

“Anyone listening to the recording would have found it very emotional and upsetting, as the jury did from their reaction to it.

“It was a recording made or what happened between the two of you.

“She made her position clear, both physically and in words, you were not prepared to say no for an answer, and you raped her.”

Bopoto was told to register as a sex offender indefinitely and barred from working from children and vulnerable adults.

Jamie Filan

Jamie Filan admitted burglary in Holland Street, Weston-super-Mare

A life coach who was jailed for burglary has had time added to his sentence.

Jamie Filan worked at Weston-super-Mare FC, where his job was to be a positive influence on young people.

But in June last year he was jailed for 864 days after admitting burglary, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and handling stolen goods.

 

The 38-year-old, formerly of Trewartha Park in Weston-super-Mare, was due for release in April.

But it turns out that an outstanding burglary had not been processed in time for his sentence.

As a result he was brought back to Bristol Crown Court and pleaded guilty to burgling a flat in Holland Street, Weston-super-Mare, in April last year.

Judge Michael Longman said fault for the delay could lie both in investigators not getting the offence to court, as well as Filan not asking for it to be considered.

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The judge handed Filan 12 months’ custody, starting immediately, thus extending his sentence by five months.

He told Filan: “I hope that on this occasion that will be sufficient to make a big decision in your life that you’re not going to cotinue committing offences of this sort.

“It is in your hands.

“You are in control, nobody else.”

Michael Price

Michael Price stole large sums of money from his victim when she became immobile.

A retired independent financial adviser who exploited an elderly woman by cowardly stealing  £50,000 from the amputee has been jailed. 

Michael Price, of Morgan Way, Peasedown St John, was sentenced to  three years in prison at Bristol Crown Court after being convicted of fraud by abuse of position. 

 

He pocketed £50,000 from his  88-year-old victim, the late Eileen Chiswell, of Oldham Common,  between 2013-2016 to ‘feed his own greed’.

Ms Chiswell, who was a double amputee, passed away prior to the investigation reaching court.

She had placed her confidence in Price, trusting him with her bank cards on the pretext that he was helping and advising her but Price exploited her lack of mobility.

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