A CHILD molester, who breached the terms of a court order designed to protect youngsters, has been put back behind bars for four months.
A court heard Paul Robson was jailed for 12 months in November 2004, and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.
Conditions of this included him notifying police of his address and additional places he stayed at.
But following an anonymous tip-off in June this year that he was staying in a house where there were children, police went to a property in Poolstock, said Andrew Downie, prosecuting.
They arrived shortly before midnight and found him hiding behind a double mattress under a sheet.
He admitted he should have been at his home in Warrington Road, Goose Green, but said it was “a one-off” event.
The next evening, July 23, police returned to the house, where his girlfriend lived with her son and daughter, and again found him there.
When quizzed, he admitted he had been staying there every other weekend for two years, said Mr Downie.
Peter Moran, defending, said Robson only stayed with his girlfriend while her children were staying with their father, and he pointed out that she was sitting in the public gallery supporting him.
Judge Bryn Holloway said: “Her behaviour is quite irresponsible towards the safety of her own children.”
Mr Moran said that 27-year-old Robson has learning difficulties and is illiterate, but admits he knew the terms of the order.
He works for his uncle, a builder, and is still in a relationship with his girlfriend.
It was possible that if he had told the police about the relationship he might have been allowed to stay there, he added.
Robson, of Linney Square, Scholes, pleaded guilty to breaching the order.
Judge Holloway told him: “The law is there to protect young people.
“It is not for parents to decide.
“It is there to protect children and you were fully aware of your position.”
He described his actions as “devious and under-hand” and said an immediate custodial sentence was needed, otherwise people would take the view it did not matter if orders were breached.