A CROWN court trial is planned for a north Cumbrian man who has been accused of twice of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

Gerard Philip Wilson, 65, whose current address was given as Morpeth, Northumberland, has been charged with two offences. At Carlisle’s Rickergate court, the defendant was told that the allegations are as follows:

  • That between December 18, 2021, and January 6, 2022, in Carlisle, he deleted or made inaccessible his internet history from a Lenovo laptop computer – something that was prohibited by a sexual harm prevention order made at Preston Crown Court in August, 2017.
  • And that during the same time period, also in Carlisle, the defendant possessed a device capable of “concealing, disguising or encrypting” data stored on the same laptop computer. This also was prohibited by the 2017 court order.

The court heard that there will be a trial by jury, though the defendant did not formally enter a plea to either allegation. The case will be considered at at hearing before the city’s crown court on June 10.

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