Six months for Belfast offender who called girl (11) 'sexy'
A-64-year-old Belfast man who breached the terms of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order by making contact with a "vulnerable" 11-year-old girl has begun a six-month prison sentence.
William McWatters, from Eglantine Avenue, will spend an additional six months on supervised licence when he is released after pleading guilty to four charges. Telling Belfast Crown Court that McWatters made contact with the child "in a most inappropriate fashion", Judge David McFarland said it amounted to a "clear flouting" of the terms of the order, which was imposed for a separate offence.
Crown prosecutor Philip Henry said that the defendant made contact with a woman of a similar age via the internet around February 2012.
It was during this time the defendant came in contact with the woman's grand-daughter, who was 11. McWatters got the girl's mobile number and texted her saying "I wish I was 50 years younger", while in another he called her "sexy". A defence barrister said that while his client admitted all the offences, there was no direct contact made with the youngster in question.