Powys man convicted after retrial


Ben Roberts of Howey, near Llandrindod Wells, was convicted of actual bodily harm and sexual assault of a boy under the age of 13, in a retrial at Cardiff Crown Court this week.

Mr Roberts was originally convicted of the offences at Merthyr Crown Court in March 2009. The jury decided that he had been responsible for a number of serious and unexplained injuries suffered by his partner's child.

In April 2009, he was sentenced to six years in prison but subsequently appealed against his conviction and won the right to a retrial.

Speaking after the retrial verdict Kevin Challinor, District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Dyfed Powys, said:

"Cases like this are, by their nature, extremely sensitive and complex. We always try to handle cases firmly but fairly and base our decisions purely on the evidence available.

"We have now put the prosecution case before two juries and both have concluded that, based on a thorough examination of the evidence, Mr Roberts is guilty of both actual bodily harm and sexual assault.

"We appreciate that this continues to be a traumatic case for everyone involved and we hope that the jury's decision will at least bring an end to this period of uncertainty."

Following the result of the retrial, Mr Roberts' six-year sentence remains unchanged.