Serial rapist jailed for 18 years

25/11/2011

A Bargoed man convicted of 13 serious physical and sexual offences, including eight rapes, has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court.

Edwin Smith was convicted for offences that took place between 1985 and 2006 and involved four victims. During Smith's trial in October, he briefly absconded from court before being swiftly re-arrested by Gwent police.

Speaking after sentencing, Kath Coleman, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Cymru-Wales, said:

"Edwin Smith is a highly dangerous and devious individual and it is right that he will be in custody for a significant period of time.

"I would like to pay tribute to Smith's victims for finding the courage to come forward and report what happened to them. This has obviously been an extremely traumatic time for them and we can only hope that todays sentencing will help them as they try to move forward with their lives.

"This case is testament to the strong local partnership that exists between the CPS and Gwent Police in prosecuting sexual offences cases. This partnership is seeing us bring more offenders to justice than in previous years.

"I hope that todays sentencing will send a strong and positive message to other victims of serious sexual offences. Regardless of when an offence may have taken place, if you can find the strength to come forward and talk to the police, then your concerns will be taken seriously by all of us in the criminal justice system."

Investigating Officer Dc Scott Arthur from Gwent Police Public Protection Unit said:

"This was an extremely complex and sensitive enquiry involving specialist teams from Gwent Police and other outside agencies.

"The victims showed significant bravery and courage not only when they came forward but also when they had to relive their ordeals again whilst giving evidence against the perpetrator which must have been extremely traumatic for them. However the result of this is that a very dangerous individual has now received a significant custodial sentence.

"The investigation, which was long and historic in nature, and the apprehension of the defendant, who went on the run when he was convicted, shows the dedication and determination of Gwent Police and sends out a clear message that Gwent Police take sexual assaults very seriously and strive to protect the communitys most vulnerable individuals."