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Child abuser breached sexual offences order

A convicted child molester described as a high-risk sex offender has been given a suspended jail sentence for breaching a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO).

Liam Tully (24) pleaded guilty at Belfast Magistrates Court to breaching the order between November last year and January 2011.

Tully, originally from west Belfast but now living in a hostel, was jailed for four years in 2007 for abusing young boys.

The court heard yesterday that police were investigating the activities of another man when they discovered that Tully had been in contact with him in contravention of the SOPO.

A prosecution lawyer said the two men were not supposed to have any contact with each other but it was established that they had exchanged texts.

Tully's solicitor said his client had been attacked a number of times due to media coverage. He said Tully now planned to leave the province.

Resident Magistrate Fiona Bagnall said the breach of the order was a serious matter and imposed a three-month jail term suspended for two years.

Belfast Telegraph