A Cwmgors pensioner who raped a little girl has failed to convince senior judges he deserves a sentence cut due to his "age and infirmity".

Frederick Stallwood, now 83, was in his 30s when he repeatedly raped the youngster when she was aged under 10.

Stallwood, of Heol Y Gors, Cwmgors, was jailed for 18 years, with a two-year extended licence period, last October.

He was convicted of a string of "historic" rapes and other sex offences against the girl at Aylesbury Crown Court.

At London's Appeal Court this week, Judge Christopher Kinch QC heard him plead for a shorter sentence.

Ruling on the appeal, the judge said: "Age and infirmity are factors to be taken into account.

"But they have to be balanced against the harm done to victims and the concern of the public that offenders receive appropriate sentences for serious crimes.

"It is said insufficient account was taken of his age and poor health, and that the starting point was manifestly excessive."

But the judge concluded: "The overall sentence of 20 years was just and proportionate.

"This application (for permission to appeal) is wholly without merit and is refused."