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High risk paedophile breached sex order

A high risk paedophile who travelled across Northern Ireland to go bathing in a holiday centre has admitted doing so in breach of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order.



The 63-year-old child molester Robert John Liddle admitted travelling from his Co Fermanagh home to the Silver Cliffs Holiday Village in Co Antrim last July “which afforded him access to a child or young person”.

Under the SOPO, Liddle, of Moorlough Road, Lisnaskea, should have obtained “consent from his designated risk manager” before making the unauthorised trip to the Clare Road holiday village in Ballycastle on July 11 last year.

Liddle, who has convictions for sexually abusing children as young as six and in 2000 was described as a “high risk” and a “danger to young girls” when jailed for two years for indecently assaulting an 11-year-old.

Liddle, who could face up to five years in jail for breaching his order, will be sentenced next month by Antrim Crown Court.

The SOPO was imposed by Fermanagh Magistrates Court in March 2010 on the retired lorry driver after the court had initially granted an intrim order allowing police to keep an eye on him.

Liddle, with previous court appearances in 1983 and 1990, was originally put on the Sex Offenders' Register in 1999 for 10 years for his sex crimes.

Under the terms of the register, Liddle had to inform police of his movements. However, in November 2009 the order lapsed, and worried police, anxious to have some other method of keeping an eye on him, applied for the SOPO.

District Judge Bernadette Kelly granted the order after a police inspector claimed: “The difficulty is, this man is using public transport every day. Nobody knows him or the dangers posed by him.”

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