Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Llanelli sex offender DC speaks out on magistrates' decision
"A LLANELLI sex offender admits he feels like "playing chicken with a train" because he is still paying for offences he carried out as a child.
DC, of [redacted] in the town, pleaded guilty last Thursday to failing to renew his details on the sex offenders' register.
But Llanelli magistrates declined jurisdiction — meaning the 22-year-old will face stricter sentencing at Swansea Crown Court.
C reacted by storming out of the courtroom declaring, "they are trying to ruin my life".
And he later spoke openly to the Star about how the ghosts of his past are continuing to ruin his life.
He said: "It is getting to the point that I feel like going and playing chicken with a train.
"Without all of the sentences and whatever, I have been paying for it every day of my life.
"Because of that, I feel like killing myself every day. You heard what I said in court — it is ruining my life."
In court, C's solicitor Steve Donoghue explained the background to the defendant's original offence, which dated back to when he was just a child.
He said: "The offence for which he was convicted started when he was 11 and finished when he was 13."
Cs committed the sex offences against a juvenile when he was also a juvenile.
But as Mr Donoghue said in court: "He has committed no sex offences since the age of 13, but they will continue to haunt him for the years to come."
After the hearing, C said: "Most people don't understand that I was a kid.
"I want people to realise it is not as bad as the police and people try to make it out to be."