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Anger over paedophile kidnap case
A prison van leaves Cardiff Magistrates Court
Child abuser Craig Sweeney, 24, had been released early
MPs have reacted angrily after a paedophile on early release for a child sex assault was able to molest a three-year-old girl in his bail hostel.

Craig Sweeney, 24, from Newport, south Wales, is awaiting sentence after admitting kidnap and sex assaults.

Plaid Cymru's parliamentary leader, Meirionnydd Nant Conwy MP Elfyn Llwyd, said the case was "beyond belief".

Tory AM and MP David Davies said it proved convicts should receive "proper sentences" which were served in full.

Sweeney, who has been remanded in custody until 12 May for sentencing, was living in a hostel in Newport when he first sexually assaulted the child.

How on earth can a convicted paedophile who's on the sex offence register bring a little child into the bail hostel?
Elfyn Llwyd MP

Appearing in Cardiff Crown Court in Friday via video-link from Long Lartin Prison in Worcestershire, he also admitted abducting the child from her house in the Rumney area of Cardiff and sexually assaulting her twice more while driving over the border to England.

He was caught following a car chase which ended in a crash. The girl received significant injuries when she was thrown from the vehicle.

The judge told him he could be jailed for life or imprisoned "for public protection".

Mr Llwyd told BBC Radio Wales the child and her family had been let down by a system.

He said: "This man should not have been released early if he was still a danger. There should have been more monitoring on that.

'Speechless'

"But what I'm absolutely appalled at is that this child was actually molested in the bail hostel. What on earth is going on?

"How on earth can a convicted paedophile who's on the sex offence register bring a little child into the bail hostel?

Police in the Rumney area of Cardiff on Wednesday
Police made house-to-house inquiries after the abduction

"It's beyond belief. Something terrible has gone wrong here and it must be put right."

David Davies, Conservative AM and MP for Monmouthshire, said the case proved the need to bring an end to early release.

He said: "As a father of two children I'm speechless that these people are not being sentenced to anything like the terms their offences justify.

"And then he was allowed to roam the streets within a matter of years."

"I think the probation service has got to go. I think people need to be given proper sentences and that sentence should be served to the day."




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