Flintshire rapist given life sentence

16/04/2013

A serial sex offender from Connah’s Quay, Flintshire has been jailed for life with a minimum sentence of nine years.

David Edgerton had admitted abduction and rape after dragging his victim into woods near Leeswood.

A jury at Mold Crown Court also convicted him of rape, attempted rape and attempted abduction in respect of attacks on three other victims.

At a previous hearing, the trial judge had asked prosecuting authorities to explain their role in previous investigations involving Edgertton.

Speaking after sentencing, Ed Beltrami, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Cymru-Wales said:

"David Edgerton is a highly dangerous individual who is guilty of a string of horrific and violent offences. It is right that he has received a significant custodial sentence.

"Edgerton's victims have shown tremendous courage and fortitude in coming forward and reporting what happened to them. They continue to deal with the effects of Edgerton's actions and our thoughts are with them.

"Over the last few weeks I have reviewed the CPS' involvement in this case, so that I can be assured that we have acted in accordance with our obligations under the Code for Crown Prosecutors at all times.

"The CPS was first asked to provide advice to police on an allegation of attempted rape against David Edgerton in 2009. At that time, a decision not to charge was taken on the grounds that the evidence available was insufficient to provide a realistic prospect of conviction. This was mainly because the victim was unable to identify the suspect with sufficient clarity. At that stage, this was the only allegation relating to Edgerton.

"In December 2011 Edgerton was successfully convicted of common assault on a child in Warrington.

"In August 2012 Edgerton raped a woman in Broughton, Cheshire. Police were still investigating this incident when Edgerton committed his terrible crimes in Leeswood less than two weeks later. The Broughton incident was not referred to the CPS by police until after Leeswood attacks had occurred.

"Once Cheshire police referred a file on the Broughton rape to the CPS, it was considered alongside the files on the Leeswood incidents. All matters were immediately dealt with holistically.

"Some of the offences that individually may have had weak evidence to support a realistic prospect of conviction, became stronger cases when looked at together. As a result, Edgerton was charged with all offences, including the attempted rape in 2009. A further charge of assault with intent to commit a sexual offence was added, in relation to the Warrington common assault.

"I am satisfied that the CPS considered all allegations against Edgerton in the correct manner, as soon as the evidential files relating to these horrific offences were passed to us. By doing so, the prosecuting authorities ensured that successful prosecution of all the offences was possible."