Paedophile Tory mayor David Boswell to be paid while behind bars

David Boswell, 58, was convicted of a string of historic sex attacks against two schoolgirls. Pictured: Outside Swansea Crown Court

A former Conservative mayor convicted of raping a schoolgirl will continue to be paid for the next three months, despite being jailed for 18 years for rape.

David Boswell, 58, was convicted of a string of historic sex attacks against two underage girls.

But the former mayor of Pembroke, West Wales, is still a county councillor and can pick up his earnings while behind bars as he appeals his conviction. 

The former soldier and lorry driver faces being sacked as a county councillor but remains on the payrole until his appeal is heard due to existing legislation and red tape.

Pembrokeshire County Council has admitted Boswell will still collect his £1,133-a-month wage despite being jailed for the sex offences earlier this month.

Boswell raped a nine-year-old girl and indecently assaulted another youngster aged under 13 between 1990 and 1994.   

The NSPCC said: ‘Boswell was convicted of appalling sex offences against children and it is right that he now faces many years behind bars where he cannot harm others.

‘It is wrong that someone convicted of sexual crimes against children can continue to serve as an elected official for any period of time, and we support a change to the law to ensure situations like this are not repeated.’

Boswell dressed in his finery while serving as Pembroke mayor. Pictured: with his wife Denise

Boswell dressed in his finery while serving as Pembroke mayor. Pictured: with his wife Denise

A spokesman for the Welsh Local Government Association blamed a ‘legal anomaly’ for the situation.

He said: ‘The issue in question is a legal anomaly in the current framework that needs to be urgently addressed. A guilty verdict does mean an automatic disqualification, following a 28-day window for a possible appeal.

‘This is where the problem is located and needs urgent review, especially as this deplorable offence is a fundamental breach of the statutory duty that councillors have to ensure that all children within local authority areas are safeguarded and protected.’ 

Boswell denied the allegations, saying they were ‘complete lies’ and urged police to make him undergo a lie detector test.

Despite his pleas, a jury at Swansea Crown Court found him guilty of four counts of indecent assault and one count of rape. 

Boswell raped a nine-year-old girl and indecently assaulted another youngster aged under 13 between 1990 and 1994

Boswell also worked as a soldier and lorry driver

Boswell raped a nine-year-old girl and indecently assaulted another youngster aged under 13 between 1990 and 1994. He also worked as a soldier and lorry driver

He was the serving mayor of Pembroke when he was charged in August last year.

The then-Conservative councillor had won the Pembroke St Mary North election just three months earlier by just six votes.

Boswell was suspended from the Conservative Party after he was charged and stepped down from his mayoral duties.

Boswell, of Pembroke Dock, was jailed for 18 years and told he must serve an extra two on licence.

He was also handed a sexual harm prevention order and a restraining order preventing him from contacting children under the age of 16.

Boswell was acquitted of a further three counts of indecent assault involving the same complainants.

Judge Keith Thomas said: ‘This was a gross abuse of trust. The children were particularly vulnerable because of their extreme youth.’ 

Pembrokeshire County Council has confirmed Boswell will still pick up his wages

Pembrokeshire County Council has confirmed Boswell will still pick up his wages



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