Company director sexually abuses young girls ‘in plain sight’

A company director who sexually assaulted three young children has been described as “an abuser hiding in plain sight”.

Joseph D’Agnilli, 71, of Dinas Powis, Valley of Glamorgan, sexually abused a child in the 1980s and attacked his other two victims in the past decade.

The abuse was kept secret for years and the defendant lived a prosperous and dignified life – but its true nature was revealed when its victims, who remain anonymity for life, contacted the police.

The children’s parents said that D’Agnilli had destroyed their lives and inflicted severe psychological trauma on their victims, from which they would never recover.

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Dryla’s defendants denied such abuse, but after a trial at Cardiff Crown Court, she was found guilty of one count of indecency with a child and seven counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.

At D’Agnilli’s sentencing hearing on Thursday, prosecutor James Wilson read a personal victim statement from one of his victims.

She said: “What he did to me as a child still affects my life. I feel out of control and unable to sleep for years. I have thought and felt suicidal twice that my children would be better off without me. This has had a significant detrimental effect on my mental health and I have situational depression associated with PTSD, linked to my abuse. I can’t talk about my childhood, it’s my Too many triggers negative thoughts…

“The personal trauma caused me to have low self-worth and self-confidence that made it difficult for me to relate with others. I didn’t like other people. He could choose to plead guilty and withhold the torture of a Crown Court trial.” Was. “

The statements of two mothers of the victim were also read in the court.

The first statement read: “Since the abuse my daughter has been suffering from nightmares, anxiety and low mood. She believes she needs medical attention, but no one will take counseling what someone has done to you. What can’t stop you from being triggered is news, film, television or music. If she had accepted her guilt she would have been able to find support years ago.

“She is resilient but suffers through ups and downs and tough times in her life. One minute can be the best of times and someone says or does something and she gets triggered.

“I am angry and ashamed that I am unable to keep my daughter safe, I am beyond angry. She has never accepted responsibility for all the pain the children cause. My main fear as a mother is this That she would blame me for not protecting her.”

She continued: “(My daughter) was a happy-go-lucky girl, vibrant and full of life, but she became clingy in age and completely distanced herself from situations she considered a risk.” She believed that all men are hunters and are a threat to her personal safety. She is constantly on alert and unable to rest.”

The mother of the second victim said that her daughter has frequent nightmares and often finds her crying silently on the bed. She said: “She is no longer full of pranks and laughter.”

“Even if she wears a dress she feels confident, she will go to school and it hits her like a punch, she feels like people are watching her and it won’t stop. I wanna fix it and i can’t. everyday i feel like i’m failing her that’s like not breathing. she’ll crinkle her hands and shut down sometimes. Will stop answering questions, just keeps staring.”

She continued: “She was the first to get involved and now you see her questioning herself and she’s worried about portraying herself wrong. I feel like she’s been robbed of part of her life. She suffers from bullying but shows zero emotion, her reaction simply blacked out.

“We’ve been separated from it and faced our pain by pushing it down. It has robbed the trust and love of our child and family.”

In mitigation, Philip Gibbs asked the court to take into account the defendant’s age, his health, and the fact that he would spend the latter phase of his life in prison away from his wife of 49 years.

Sentencing, Judge Timothy Petes said D’Agnelli was a man of good character, retired from a respectable job and well respected.

He continued: “But as the prosecution said you were an abuser who was just plain disguised.

“I think you have caused serious psychological harm to all three of your victims.”

D’Agnilli was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment and made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 15 years. They were made subject to notification requirements for life.

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