Reporting ban lifted by court

First published in News

MAGISTRATES in Llanelli have overturned their decision to ban publication of the address of a former Ammanford man accused of a string of child rape charges.

Phillip Adrian Morgan, now living at 29 St Mary Street, Neath, “adamantly denies” all charges, which relate to a series of accusations stretching from March 12, 2009 until July 13, 2012.

The 45-year-old faces 13 specimen charges alleging that during the three-year period he raped, attempted to rape and indecently assaulted the girl.

Morgan is also accused of inciting the youngster to carry out sex acts on him throughout the same period.

The allegations relate to a period from when the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was aged five until she was eight.

At a hearing on January 17 magistrates imposed a Section 11 of the Contempt of Court Act order forbidding publication of Morgan’s address and sent him to appear at Swansea Crown Court last Friday.

The decision came after defence solicitor Steve Lloyd told the court that such was the “emotional response” to the allegations, Morgan felt in danger.

Despite representations by the Guardian’s reporter and other members of the press that the order was misplaced, court officials refused to ask magistrates to reconsider their decision.

But in a surprise move, Morgan’s case was relisted to appear again at Llanelli last Wednesday when magistrates reconsidered their decision.

Defence solicitor David Elvy, who appeared for Morgan in Mr Lloyd’s absence, said the defence had reconsidered its original application.

“In the circumstances it has been decided that we are not going to advance an application [for a Section 11] today,” said Mr Elvy.

Andrew Hughes, senior legal officer to Llanelli court, told magistrates: “The Section 11 order has now been lifted and is no longer in effect.”

●Morgan attended a preliminary hearing at Swansea Crown Court on Friday when a plea and case management hearing was set for April 19. Morgan was granted bail meanwhile.

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