Gwynedd rapist jailed


On 23rd May 2012,  27 year old Penygroes man,  Alexander Charles Lawson Thomas appeared before Caernarfon Crown Court having been charged with the rape of three females in Bangor and Penygroes between 2006 to 2010.


He was sentenced to an indeterminate prison sentence and will serve minimum of 6 years in custody.  He will also be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.


Judge Dafydd Hughes  said of Thomas when sentencing " You compelled your victims to go through the ordeal of giving evidence and you displayed contempt and arrogance towards the way you treat women in general"


Investigating officer DC Andrew Edwards of the North Wales Police welcomed the sentence adding it was important to send out a strong message that the North Wales Police and Courts will not tolerate offences of this nature.  DC Edwards thanked the Crown Prossecution Service for their guidence in the case and also praised the victims who had the courage and resolve to stand up to their perpetrator.  Specialist officers trained to deal with these types of crimes initially interviewed the victims and supported them throughout the investigation and court procedures. 


Dc Edwards concluded by adding “It is important to reassure all sections of the community that North Wales Police will provide the appropriate specialist support to assist victims through every stage of the process.  North Wales Police takes matters of this nature very seriously and so it is reassuring to see this reflected the sentence passed out”