Published on Sunday 20 May 2012 11:52
‘Townsend case shows worthlessness of Sexual Offence orders’ - Lord Morrow
LORD Morrow has called into question the effectiveness of Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOP0) after the MAIL exposed a convicted sex offender’s attempts at running a charity event.
Last week we revealed how Magherafelt man ST was planning a ‘Take Me Out’ style event in Derry city which he claimed to be in aid of a children’s charity.
We exposed how the event was a farce, but only after T, who was previously handed a jail sentence for sending sexually explicit texts to school boys, recruited scores of young people to take part, booked a former X-Factor star to perform and had taken ticket money from unsuspecting revellers.
Neither the police, Derry City Council or even the charity, the NSPCC, knew he was planning such an event.
Last Thursday the 20 year-old pleaded guilty to seven breaches of a SOPO, which bans him from having a mobile phone, between November 11, last year and January 17, this year. Six other charges of breaching the order were withdrawn by the prosecution at a hearing in Derry Magistrates Court on the same date."
Thursday 10 May 2012 12:22
SEX OFFENDER ‘TO HOLD EVENT FOR KIDS’ CHARITY’
Over 500 people in Northern Ireland on Sex Offence Prevention Orders
Maurice George Morrow, Baron Morrow
"Maurice George Morrow, Baron Morrow (born 1948) is a Northern Irish unionist politician. He is one of two Democratic Unionist MLAs for Fermanagh and South Tyrone alongside Arlene Foster, and was made a life peer in June 2006. He is also a councillor on Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council representing Dungannon Town."
Lord Morrow, DUP Peer, DUP MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
9 January 2006, 2:43pm
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"As for the DUP, they are almost certain to be defeated in the Lords this evening. For their core voters back home in Belfast, speaking the language of bigotry and homophobia will only serve to increase their loyalty to the party.
In wrapping themselves in the flag of religious intolerance, they are continuing a tried and tested vote-winning strategy."
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We will be critiquing the whole inappropriate application of SOPOs, in the future.
For now, all that is obvious, is that this case confirms how 'effective' (if grossly-draconian) SOPOs are.