play_arrow #Has_BeenJune 19, 2019
The son of a fugitive dubbed Wales’ most wanted man allowed his paedophile father to hide in his house, a court heard.
Brian Ward fled during a trial at Newport Crown Court in November 2013 where a jury went on to find him guilty in his absence of gross indecency with a child under 16 and four counts of indecent assault on a female.
The 62-year-old was arrested at the scene when he was discovered last December and subsequently appeared at Cardiff Crown Court where his sentence of five years and 20 weeks was read out before him.
Brian Ward is now behind bars (Image: South Wales Police)His 20-year-old son was accused of allowing his father to hide inside a cavity wall in Duncansby House on December 6, 2018, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse with intent to impede his apprehension or prosecution.
Joseph Ward, of Dunraven Road, in Cardiff , pleaded guilty to the charge on the basis he may not have known of the hiding place – a cavity wall – but that by delaying the officers at the door he allowed his father to hide.
Joseph Ward leaving Cardiff Crown Court after the hearing (Image: Wales News Service)While outside the address, where Joseph Ward was living temporarily, the officer called a phone that was being linked to Brian Ward and he heard the ringtone inside the flat.
Sentencing was adjourned to Thursday, July 11, for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
Granting Joseph Ward bail, Judge Neil Bidder QC warned him: “A custodial sentence is very much on the cards.”
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