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Paedophile loyalist Mark Harbinson avoids jail for breaching a court order

By John Cassidy

Leading loyalist and paedophile Mark Harbinson has been handed a suspended prison sentence for breaching a court order just three weeks after he was released from jail.

Harbinson (47), of Sheepwalk Road, Ballynadolly, Co Antrim, received a three-month suspended sentence yesterday at Craigavon Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, for breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

Harbinson was freed from prison in May 2013 after he was convicted of sexually molesting a 13-year-old girl and having indecent photographs of a child.

The court was told Harbinson's teenage victim had been a member of Pride of the Village Flute Band in Stoneyford, which Harbinson was a member of.

As part of his sexual offences prevention order (SOPO), he was barred from participating in its activities.

But in the same month he was released, Harbinson emailed the Parades Commission to complain about marching restrictions placed on his band.

A judge told Harbinson that if he breached his SOPO again he would go to prison for three months.

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