Serving police officer charged with attempted rape

PC Gary Donnelly

A serving police officer is accused of indecent assault and attempted rape.

The charges against PC Gary Donnelly – who is currently suspended from North Wales Police – date back 10 years to 2002 and involve allegations of offences against two teenage girls.

Donnelly, of Bryniau Road, Llandudno, a well known community beat officer in the town, appeared at a three minute preliminary hearing at Mold Crown Court yesterday morning.

The 47-year-old entered the dock with the aid of a single crutch.

Judge Niclas Parry set a timetable for the case and bailed the defendant until the end of January when he will be asked to enter pleas to the charges.

Prosecuting barrister John Wyn Williams said that the defendant faces charges of attempted rape and indecent assault on two young people dating back ten years.

Nicholas Walker, defending, asked that the defendant be released on the same bail conditions as before.

Donnelly, who joined the Force in 2003, is held in high regard by his colleagues, winning the North Wales Police Federation’s Community Service Award for 2011. The federation represents ranks and file officers.

He was also nominated for an all-Wales community award for his work on the Llandudno Business Against Crime initiative.

In 2010 he gave Carwyn Jones a tour of his beat in Llandudno when the first minister came to the town’s police station to meet officers.

He had also done a 24-hour charity patrol in aid of Ty Gobaith and St David’s Hospices.

A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “Mr Donnelly, a serving Police Officer in North Wales Police has been suspended since the allegations came to light in October 2012.

“He is next appearing at Mold Crown Court on 28th January 2013 for a Plea Case and Management Hearing.

“As this matter has now entered the court system it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

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