South West Wales

Ex-Pembroke mayor guilty of extra child abuse charge

David Robert Boswell
Image caption David Boswell, 57, will be sentenced at a later date

A former mayor who raped a child has been found guilty of a further charge of indecently assaulting a girl.

David Boswell has now been convicted of a total of five counts of child abuse which date back to the early 1990s.

Boswell was found guilty on Monday of raping one girl and indecently assaulting her and another girl three times.

The 57-year-old ex-mayor of Pembroke was cleared of three other counts of indecent assault.

At Swansea Crown Court Judge Keith Thomas told Boswell to expect a prison sentence and remanded him in custody.

The case was adjourned until 13 July for pre-sentence reports.

Boswell, who is still a county councillor, was elected to represent Pembroke St Mary North in May 2017.

He was suspended by the Conservative party when police charged him.

Image caption Unless he resigns voluntarily, Boswell will be removed as a councillor if he is jailed for more than three months

Pembrokeshire council said Boswell will be automatically removed as a councillor if he is jailed for more than three months.

Officials said his post would be declared vacant 28 days after sentencing.

Children's charity the NSPCC said it was right he was now being held accountable for his "appalling actions".

"His victims should be commended for their bravery at speaking out and reporting Boswell's depraved offending," said a spokesman.

"This case shows once again that abuse survivors can be confident to come forward and report what has happened to them, knowing that they will be listened to and that justice can be achieved no matter how much time has passed."

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