Belfast Telegraph

OAP faces prison for breaching sex order

By Paul Higgins

A pensioner faces up to five years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to multiple breaches of a court-imposed order to keep him away from children.

Standing in the dock of Newry Crown Court, 72-year-old Robert McComb pleaded guilty to four counts of breaching the court-imposed sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) a number of times between September 12 and October 18 last year.

No facts of the case were heard, but details of the charges disclose how McComb had unsupervised contact with a child without prior approval from Social Services and loitered near Banbridge Leisure Centre and Assumption Grammar School.

The SOPO, along with a three-month suspended jail term, was put in place on September 5, 2013 by District Judge Mervyn Bates after McComb admitted sexually assaulting a girl under 13 in the middle of a busy supermarket on July 25, 2012.

The judge heard that a week after the incident the girl's mother told police how her young daughter had been sexually assaulted in the middle of Asda supermarket in Portadown and the schoolgirl herself said a man had "slapped her bottom".

McComb was handed a further suspended term earlier this year after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman. Judge Kevin Finnegan QC adjourned passing sentence until June 5, releasing McComb on continuing bail in the meantime, advising him to co-operate with the probation officer who will write a report on him.

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