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Man sentenced for attempting to rape woman and daughter

|News, Sexual offences

A man who tried to rape a woman and her young daughter while they were taking a family walk has been jailed at Swansea Crown Court.

Anthony Williams, 43, headbutted the woman and threatened to hurt the children if she did not meet his demands.

The family were walking along a cycle path between Haverfordwest and Tiers Cross in Pembrokeshire when they were followed and attacked by Williams in the middle of the afternoon. The woman managed to alert another walker on the path who called the police.

Michael Jenkin of the CPS said: ”This was a truly despicable crime that must have been terrifying for the victims, but the strength of evidence presented by the CPS avoided them having to relive the ordeal in front of a jury.

“No one should have to face what the victims were put through. The mother showed great courage in doing all that she could to minimise the harm to her children.”

Anthony Williams was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment with an extended licence period of 8 years.

Notes to editors

  • Michael Jenkin is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the CPS Cymru-Wales Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) unit.
  • Anthony Williams (DOB: 7/7/1978) pleaded guilty to three offences of attempted rape.
  • The offences took place on 16 May 2021.
  • Sentence took place at Swansea Crown Court on 1 November 2021.

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