A convicted pervert tried to hide the fact that he was surreptitiously using social media by smashing his cellphone, a court heard on Tuesday.
However, Craigavon Crown Court also heard that dangerous but dorky Dale Walsh broke the wrong phone and police were able to track down the fake social media account he created.
The prosecutor’s attorney Nicola Auret also revealed that while the police were examining the phone, a woman called her and when the cops spoke to her, it turned out that Walsh had started a romantic relationship with her without disclosing to her. his catalog of sexual convictions.
Appearing in court by video link from Walsh Jail, with an address at an Edward Street hostel in Portadown, pleaded guilty to two offenses of breaching his prevention of sexual offenses order and one of breaching offender register requirements sex by not disclosing that he was using a different name.
He was initially accused of being in a relationship without disclosing his beliefs, but that was withdrawn by the PPS earlier.
Ms Auret explained how Walsh was found guilty of harassment by the Limavady court last October, but days later sent his victim a Facebook friend request using the name Ross Hill.
On October 25, police came to Walsh’s hostel to speak to him and officers were able to see that he had a cell phone in his trouser pocket and another in his hoodie pocket, but Ms Auret pointed out that under her “full SOPO”, Walsh only allows one that must be registered with her designated risk manager.
As officers followed him to his room Walsh smashed one of the phones but ironically he smashed the cell phone he was actually allowed to have and that’s when the cops looked at the unregistered phone that the violations have been discovered.
The convicted paedophile, classified as a level three offender, meaning he poses a high risk of committing further offenses and causing serious harm, was jailed in May 2018 after being found guilty of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and sexual activity with a child. .
The schoolgirl was found by police, wearing only her bra and trousers, after breaking down her bedroom door.
Released from prison a year later, a few days later, Walsh began bombarding a 23-year-old mother of two with 58 text messages and a photo of himself from June 6 to June 11 and was jailed for a year for harassment.
In court on Tuesday, defense barrister Richard McConkey acknowledged that Walsh had been convicted on several occasions for breaching his SOPO, but urged Judge Patrick Lynch QC to deal with the Tue case without further reports because Walsh “just wants that the case is dealt with”, adding that probation “is not likely to change the opinion that he is considered dangerous.
Adjourning the case for reports until July 22, the judge told the lawyer given the background and assessment: “I would need evidence on this – I can’t really speculate because it obviously has consequences for your client”.
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