'Sexual predator' in the dock
THE trial of a Swansea man accused of having an "extraordinary career" in abusing girls as far back as the 1980s has begun.
Brian Leighton Sturley, of Robert Street, Manselton, is facing 26 counts including rape, indecent assault, indecency with a child, assault by penetration and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, on seven alleged victims between 1986 and 2008.
Mr Sturley, a former bus and taxi driver, denies all charges.
Opening the case for the prosecution, barrister James Jenkins claimed: "Brian Sturley is a man in his 50s who has been a sexual predator for decades until he was finally brought up short a couple of years ago.
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"He groomed them, had sex with them against their will. And when they found the courage to have shown resistance to these advances he ditched them and moved on to the next one.
"The defendant did this with such persistent boldness, moving from one young girl to another over a period of decades. It is an extraordinary career the defendant had."
Mr Jenkins said a further two of Mr Sturley's alleged victims came forward after seeing earlier coverage of his case in the Evening Post.
Mr Sturley, 56, is alleged to have raped one of the complainants at some point between 1986 and 1988. Each of the alleged victims are expected to give evidence during the trial. The case, at Swansea Crown Court, is expected to last two weeks.
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