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Paedophile jailed for abusing two children

|News, Sexual offences

A man who carried out 24 sexual offences against two children has been jailed for 21 years at Newport Crown Court.

Gareth Coleman, 39, committed the offences which included four offences of rape, over a period spanning nearly two decades.

All of the offences were denied by Coleman, but the jury convicted him of all counts after hearing the evidence.

Catrin Attwell of the CPS said: “The victims’ determination to give evidence against their abuser has led to these convictions. The strength they have shown throughout the investigation and court hearing is to be commended.

“We hope that seeing their abuser answer for his crimes will be of some help in their healing process.” 

Gareth Coleman was also sentenced to an extended licence period of six years.

Notes to editors

  • Catrin Attwell is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • Gareth Coleman (DOB: 4/10/1982) was convicted of x3 counts of Indecent Assault, x7 counts of Sexual Assault of a child under 13, x4 counts of sexual activity with a child, x2 counts of Assault of a child under 13 by penetration, x1 counts of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, x1 counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, x4 counts of rape of a child under 13, x2 counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.
  • Sentence took place on 5 November 2021.

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