Paedophile in court over breach faces a new charge
A convicted paedophile due to be sentenced for breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), is facing a further similar charge which allegedly occurred just before Christmas.
Robert John Liddle (70) from Moorlough Road, Lisnaskea breached the order at Castle Archdale Country Park on June 16, 2018, by being within 30m of a play area and marina, where children were present.
He pleaded guilty at Dungannon Crown Court last November. The case was adjourned for reports. Sentencing was due on Tuesday, but a defence lawyer requested an adjournment as the assessment had not been conducted. This was agreed by Judge Neil Rafferty.
However, a prosecution lawyer said he was aware of a further alleged SOPO breach for which Liddle was due to appear before Enniskillen Magistrates Court.
This involved alleged communication with children at Tesco in Enniskillen on December 19.
The defence confirmed the charge but added: "My client denies any wrongdoing."
The prosecutor said: "This individual was to be sentenced and a new charge is pending. This is indicative of ongoing risk and that is certainly a concern."
He suggested Liddle was remanded in custody, although the investigating officer was not in attendance as had been hoped.
The defence argued that police were content to release Liddle on bail following arrest, and repeated that the offence was denied.
Judge Rafferty declined to remand Liddle, ruling: "I would be acting without a basis to do so."
Liddle left the Dungannon court on existing bail of £500 to appear again on February 25.
He appeared yesterday at Enniskillen Magistrates Court, where police said the new allegation could be connected to him.
Liddle was released on continuing bail to return on March 4.