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Pervert accused of breaching order by approaching girl (10)

Custody: Robert Liddle
Custody: Robert Liddle

By Staff Reporter

A notorious paedophile from Co Fermanagh currently in prison is back in court after an alleged breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (Sopo) - an approach to a young girl in an Enniskillen store.

Robert John Liddle (71), from Moorlough Road, Lisnaskea, had served consecutive custodial sentences for a similar offence.

Last month, Liddle was jailed after admitting a sixth Sopo breach, which occurred while on bail awaiting trial for the same charge.

When dealt with for that, he was already serving a prison term for being in a country park where children and young people were gathered.

In total, he was sentenced to five months imprisonment for both sets of offences - but it is now alleged that after he was released earlier this month, another breach occurred within days.

Liddle is now charged with approaching a 10-year-old girl on July 3 in Tesco, Enniskillen. He was brought before a special court sitting and remanded in custody. He will appear by video-link at Enniskillen Magistrates Court later this month.

Just four weeks ago, Liddle was jailed for a month after he breached his Sopo by communicating with a child last December 19.

This offence occurred in Tesco, Enniskillen, the scene of the latest alleged breach, where a school choir was singing Christmas carols. Liddle approached a male pupil who was watching from the side. Staff alerted police and Liddle was arrested.

During interview he accepted being in the shop and speaking to the boy, but described it as "a Mickey Mouse" breach. That was his sixth breach conviction - and was committed while on bail ahead of sentencing for another breach before that.

He appeared at Dungannon Crown Court in April for his then fifth breach, having admitted being within 30m of a children's play area and a marina.

That occurred on June 16, 2018, at Castle Archdale Country Park and resulted in a four-month sentence.

Last month Judge Neil Rafferty QC added four weeks to Liddle's existing prison term, warning him: "There is no such thing as a 'Mickey Mouse breach' of an order. You are subject to a Sopo for a reason. Every term in that order is for public protection. That is how you will live your life." Judge Rafferty ruled the Sopo would remain until further notice.

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