North West Wales

'Predator' Eifion Royle jailed indefinitely after Bangor kidnap attempt

A man described as "a sexual predator and danger to women" has been jailed indefinitely after attempting to kidnap a 19-year-old student three weeks after being released from prison.

Eifion Royle, 45, admitted the offence in Bangor, Gwynedd, last September and doing it to commit a sexual offence.

He had just left prison after abducting a female cyclist in 2004.

Royle will serve three years in jail before being considered for parole, but was warned he may never be set free.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard the victim had left a barbecue last September and was walking home alone at night when she saw Royle staring at her.

A short time later, when she turned a corner, he appeared again and grabbed her.

Royle told the petrified teenager not to scream and to get in his car. He put his hand over her mouth, the court was told.

Judge Hughes told Royle: "With some considerable courage she managed to pull your hand away and scream as loud as she could. This must have startled you and she was able to run away."

Royle admitted charges of attempted kidnap and committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Moving car

On imposing an indeterminate sentence, the judge added: "Whether or not you are released then or at any later stage will depend on an assessment of the risk you then pose.

"That's a matter for the parole board. If your risk level continues as it is now you may never be released."

The court heard in 2004, Royle committed a similar attack when he abducted a 19-year-old woman cyclist on a country lane in Snowdonia. She jumped from his moving car to escape.

He was jailed for six years, but it was reduced by the Appeal Court to five years, and his licence period was also shortened.

However, he breached his parole agreement and was not released until 2011, three weeks before committing the latest attack.

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