Support offer for granddad over six-year ordeal
A CARMATHENSHIRE community has offered support to a granddad who opened up about a six-year ordeal of threats and false allegations that he is a paedophile.
Melvyn Hayler, of Kidwelly, said he has endured a catalogue of abuse, which has included a string of allegations, assault, and having two of his cars completely written off after paint stripper was poured over them.
But things turned even worse for the 59-year-old, who lives with his partner Kathleen in Clos yr Helyg, after his name, address and picture was posted on Facebook six weeks ago containing the allegations.
He said he has contacted the police on more than one occasion, but added action is yet to be taken.
Now he says his partner has been approached by a member of the community, saying he had support, after Mr Hayler spoke to Post sister paper the Llanelli Star.
"She did say that most of Kidwelly people know that it's a pack of lies," he said.
"That kind of thing is nice to hear, but she can't speak for everyone of course."
Mr Hayler said the ordeal began back in 2008 when a couple of kids kicked a football at his car and he confiscated a ball to protect his property.
He claims he later started receiving threats when he refused to give the ball back, while some even began calling him a child molester.
Mr Hayler decided to report the allegations to the police — but said by the time they arrived, a "mob" had gathered outside.
"The police heard what was going on and said it was a serious allegation made and that they would investigate," he said.
He said the allegations continued through the coming years, and Mr Hayler who has never been charged of any such crime, said it had been a "humiliating experience", adding he once tried to commit suicide because of what he was going through.
And the Kidwelly resident, who plays music at his home, said he used to enjoy going on walks and riding on his bicycle, but now feels restricted as he feels he may be targeted. He does not go out often, because he doesn't feel that he wants to stir things up.
He said since the article was published, he has received a phone call from police.