My Husband The Paedophile
Like any newly-married couple, Kelvin and Sarah Wagstaff lovingly show off their wedding rings. But behind their display of affection is an act of defiance, as the bride vows to stand by her paedophile husband. Speaking at the end of their first full day as man and wife, Sarah said she will support him even if he goes to prison for his vile crimes.
Her perverted partner hit the headlines this week after he admitted in court he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl by touching her bottom and performed a sex act in front of her and her seven-year-old sister. Cardiff Crown Court judge Phillip Richards was heavily criticised when he gave the 36-year-old Wagstaff permission to break his bail conditions so he could spend his wedding night in a hotel.
He married his lover of two years at a brief register office ceremony in Bridgend on Friday. But the public outcry forced them to cancel their special night in an £85 room at the four-star Vale Hotel Golf and Spa Resort in Hensol, near Cardiff.
Most of their guests cancelled at the last minute for fear of having their pictures in the papers, and the couple hid in a lane to avoid photographers waiting outside. Instead, they spent the night at their Bryncethin home.
Sarah, 33, said: “I imagined my wedding day would be nice and quiet with lots of friends, but the press put a stop to that. We tried to not let it ruin our day. We’ve been planning our wedding for over a year but, obviously, it was ruined.
“As soon as I knew it was in the papers I called up the hotel and cancelled. We phoned our guests up and we gave everybody the chance and said it might be best if they didn’t come.”
Wagstaff added he didn’t see why the judge’s decision caused uproar. “I was over the moon,” he said. “If it was a hotel with a lot of children I could understand. If the judge thought I was any risk he wouldn’t have given me bail. I’ve gone five months without breaking a bail condition.”
The Wagstaffs have six children between them but have no plans to have any together. Sarah’s kids live in the Midlands with their father and grandmother but they remain in contact. Wagstaff has a son, who has left home, and two daughters, who live in America with their mother.
He said: “My daughters are the same age as the girls involved. My daughters have never been at any risk from me in the past. It makes me understand how people feel. I feel I’ve got control now but know it’s too late. I just didn’t know what the hell I was doing.”
The couple first met in a nightclub in the Midlands where Sarah was living at the time. She said it was love at first sight and, after two months, moved to Wales to live with him.
“We clicked straight away,” she said. “People don’t believe in love at first sight but that’s how it was. I love him and I’m going to stand by him. I go to all the court cases with him and know everything that has happened. I know he needs lot of help and a bit of understanding.
“At first I was upset but I’ve come round. I’m just taking it day by day. You have your angry stage but I think I’ve come out of that. I’ll see him through it. If I can be there for him I’ll be there for him.
“The papers said we’ve got no shame. We have got shame – we’ve got hearts at the end of the day. If you love someone you are going to stand by them and do what you can to help.”
Wagstaff, who will be sentenced later this month, said: “I’m surprised that she’s stuck by me but she’s given me more motivation to get the help I need.”