North East Wales

Wrexham rapist William Edwards jailed for contacting woman, 82

William Wayne Edwards
Image caption Edwards posed 'a very high risk of harming elderly victims over 80'

A rapist has been jailed for 26 months for breaching an order banning him from contacting elderly women.

William Wayne Edwards, 45, from Wrexham served 12 years in prison for raping a woman, 84, and seven years for the false imprisonment and sexual assault on an 82-year-old.

At Caernarfon Crown Court he admitted breaking an order when he met a woman, 82, and took her for a drink.

The court heard he posed a "very high risk" to women aged over 80.

The court heard Edwards "chatted up" a woman aged 82 in a library at Ruabon, then took her to a hotel for a drink.

He was caught when worried library staff called police.

The Sexual Offences Prevention Order was imposed in 2010 after he approached a 92-year-old woman to try to get her contact details.

Mr Recorder, Winston Roddick QC, told Edwards he posed "a very high risk of harming elderly victims over 80 by serious sexual assault".

He was jailed for two years with an extra two months for causing criminal damage to a police car by constantly spitting.

Edwards' legal team said he had been frustrated at the time of the offence because of the standard of accommodation found for him in Wrexham.

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