Jonathan Drakeford (31) – the son of Welsh Labour leadership contender Mark Drakeford – has been jailed for 8 years and 8 months for a “sustained” rape, and for committing actual bodily harm.
The court was told Jonathan Drakeford has a low IQ and had been assessed as being “autistic”.
Jonathan Drakeford, who lives in Cardiff , had earlier admitted to a child sexual offence after he communicated on Facebook with a girl whom he thought was aged 15. Cardiff Crown Court heard the rape was committed as a “punishment”.
The rape – described as a violent, prolonged ordeal – was committed in November 2016. The court was told it had left the victim mentally and emotionally affected . In a statement to the court she said “The effect this rape has had on my life is huge – emotionally, mentally and physically. Since the rape, I have shut myself off emotionally and mentally. It has caused me a lot of stress, including an unborn child. I don’t want to be touched by anyone, including my partner.”
Jonathan Drakeford has been added to the sex offenders’ register for life
Jonathan Drakeford’s father Mark Drakeford, who is Finance Minister in the Welsh Labour Government ,is currently vying with Penarth AM Vaughan Gething to become Welsh Labour Leader.
Mark Drakeford has said “This has been a distressing period for our family. Our thoughts are with all those caught up in it, especially the victim.” He says he will not be adding anything to that statement .
Mark Drakeford has also described the case as a “personal and private matter”.