A JUDGE has deferred passing sentence on a notorious paedophile who admitted trying to look up schoolgirls’ skirts
Robert John Liddle pleaded guilty to outraging public decency in February this year by “committing an act of lewd, obscene and disgusting nature and outraging public decency by deliberately placing yourself in a position to look up the skirts of schoolgirls”. A prosecuting lawyer said security staff at a Tesco supermarket in the Newtownbreda area of South Belfast became suspicious of Liddle and watched him track a group of schoolgirls as they walked past him. The 65-year-old, from Moorlough Road in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, could be seen on CCTV trying to look up the skirts of two school-girls in their early teens wearing school uniforms as they went up the stairs. Security staff alerted police and told officers that he had “regularly attending the store”. Once described as a “high-risk” paedophile, Liddle is on a three year sexual offenders rehabilitation probation programme after he breached a Sexual Offences Prevention Order by going without permission to a swimming pool at a Ballycastle caravan park in July 2011.
Liddle, who has convictions for sexually abusing children as young as six, was described in 2000 as a “danger to young girls” when he was jailed for two years for indecently assaulting an 11-year-old and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years. However, he also has previous court appearances dating back to 1983 and 1990 when he sexually molested a 12-year-old and a girl of seven during his work as a gardener. Revealing that Liddle was in his way to a probation appointment at the time of his latest offence, Downpatrick Crown Court Judge Gordon Kerr told him that in five months there was a glowing probation report proving that he was “actively participating” in a treatment programme designed to address his deviant offending, he would suspend the two-month jail term he was minded to impose. He warned the pensioner, however, that if he reoffended, breached any of the court orders he is under or simply turned up for his counselling sessions and didn’t fully participate, he would go to jail.
With many thanks to: The Irish News