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Paedophile put in a coma after drinking anti-freeze before trial

Henry Bayliss was locked up for sexually assaulting a girl aged under 10

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A paedophile who was put into a coma when he drank anti-freeze ahead of his trial has been locked up.

Henry Bayliss took a photo of a girl aged under 10 before sexually assaulting her in north west Wales, MoldCrown Court heard.

The 54-year-old, of Bryn y Mor, Holyhead, was also found to have 141 images of young children on his mobile phone, and a further 64 prohibited images on a memory card.

Bayliss was due to stand trial but changed his pleas to admit the sexual touching of a girl under the age of 13, making an indecent photograph of a child, and the possession of indecent and prohibited images of children. He was jailed for four and a half years.

All offences were said to have happened on the same day in 2017.

Matthew Dunford, defending, said Bayliss had lost his marriage and job as a result.

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The court heard he was put into an induced coma after drinking anti-freeze before the trial, which left his liver with just 25% function.

“He’s already paid a heavy price for his behaviour,” said Mr Dunford.

The court also heard the defendant had sent an indecent letter to another girl and received a 12-month probation order at Holyhead magistrates court in 1997.

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Sentencing Bayliss, Judge Rhys Rowlands said: “The victim was at the time a very young girl and you were were a grown man.

“Your behaviour has had an effect on the girl.”

Bayliss was also given a five-year restraining order and a sexual harm prevention order, and was put on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

He was banned from working with children and vulnerable people.

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