Paedophile David Boswell’s portrait was left hanging in Pembroke Town Hall until days ago.
The photograph of child rapist David Boswell, 60, was displayed in a gallery with other former mayors in the town hall.
Boswell, who served in the Army for more than 12 years and was a marshal for the Royal British Legion, was the serving mayor of Pembroke when he was charged in August 2018 for rape and indecent assault.
Boswell denied the allegations, saying they girls were “complete lies”, and even urged police to make him undergo a lie detector test. However, a jury at Swansea Crown Court found him guilty of three counts of indecent assault and one count of rape. He was jailed for 18 years. In November his bid to challenge his convictions was rejected by senior judges.
Despite being found guilty and jailed for 18 years, his photo has remained hanging in the prestigious gallery in the town hall alongside other former mayors of the town.
The council who has since been slammed for failing to remove the portrait of Boswell when he was convicted for abusing two young girls and has finally taken the picture down, though it has been stated that council chiefs have yet to decide whether the portrait will be removed permanently or not.
According to reports from local media Wales online, hundreds of residents have expressed their “disgust” that Pembroke Town Council believed they should maintain a portrait of their convicted paedophile ex-mayor Dai Boswell in a place of honour alongside other former mayors to be seen by the public.
A spokesman for Pembroke Town Council said: “The picture has been taken down already pending final decision by council at the next meeting.”
Pembroke councillor John Harvey said that the photograph coming down was a “good start” now pending on a decision to whether it is permanently removed or not. Adding that it would be advisable, given the “understandable public outcry” for the council to hold an “extraordinary meeting” rather than wait until the next scheduled meeting.
Boswell, from Pembroke Dock, was suspended from the Conservative party after he was charged and stepped down from his mayoral duties.