South East Wales

Rapist Christopher Hughes asks for chemical castration

Christopher Hughes
Image caption Christopher Hughes admitted nine charges of sexual assault and rape

A serial rapist and paedophile who has been jailed for 10 years has asked to be chemically castrated to stop him reoffending.

Former soldier and part-time fireman Christopher Hughes, 34, of Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, also apologised to his victims, including a 13-year-old girl.

Hughes, who admitted nine charges of sexual assault and rape, was glad he was caught, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

Judge Stephen Hopkins QC called Hughes a "wicked, wicked man".

The court heard that Hughes told police he needed to be chemically castrated to protect women.

In a handwritten letter to the court, he said: "I would like the opportunity to apologise and I take full responsibility for everything that happened.

"I am deeply sorry, I can find no excuse. I am looking to get the help I need."

Among his catalogue of offences, Hughes molested a 13-year-old schoolgirl and plied a 16-year-old with alcohol before sexually assaulting and raping her.

The court heard that the effect on his young victims was "incalculable".

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites