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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Disabled sex offender jailed for breaching court order

A disabled sex offender who stole from two angling clubs has been jailed for repeatedly breaching a court order.

Gary Davies, of Firth View Walk, Workington, was handed the sexual offences prevention order in 2004 for nine counts of making indecent photos of children.

The 57-year-old had already breached the order, which means he must not use the internet without police monitoring him, four times dating back to April last year, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

Davies, who suffers various health problems and is wheelchair bound, had also previously been handed a two-year jail term suspended for two years for stealing thousands of pounds from two angling clubs.

He was brought to court again after police discovered he had been accessing the internet on a Blackberry mobile phone, which was not being monitored.

Davies was caught out in March after officers detected that his laptop, which did have monitoring software installed, had connected to the Blackberry.

He had told police that he only owned a basic mobile which could not access the internet. Officers visited his home two months later and found the Blackberry by his laptop.

Davies admitted straight away that he had bought the phone on eBay and was aware he had breached the court order.

But he had only visited “normal, everyday” sites like Facebook and eBay.

The court also heard how he had broken the order in June 2012 when he was treasurer of Workington and District Sea Angling Club.

A 15-year-old boy visited his home twice – once to order fishing hooks and on another occasion to use his Paypal account.

Other previous breaches included buying an iPhone and using another laptop.

The court was told how Davies had stolen more than £1,500 from the North West Sea Angling League, and nearly £1,000 from the Workington club while acting as treasurer.

At the time he claimed he was being blackmailed by a man named “Johnno”, before he later admitted the theft.

Mark Shepherd, defending, said Davies had “thrown caution to the wind” by connecting to the internet on his Blackberry, but accepted that he shouldn’t have done.

He added that both Davies and his wife are in poor physical health.

Davies’ health is deteriorating and he has heart trouble, suspected renal failure, and suffers from bi-polar disorder, Mr Shepherd said. “His home is specially adapted for his physical needs and he would lose that accommodation if he is sentenced to prison.”

Jailing him, Judge Barbara Forrester told Davies: “You are unwilling to comply with court orders.”

Davies was handed a total of 10 months in prison with Judge Forrester activating a six-month suspended sentence, which had previously been imposed, alongside four months for the latest breach of the order to run concurrently. He must also pay a £100 surcharge.

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