Saturday, 4 May 2013

So Much For Crying For Help

3 May 2013 Last updated at 12:58

Sex offender must compensate Foyle Search & Rescue

"A convicted sex offender was ordered to pay £500 in compensation to Foyle Search and Rescue by a judge at Londonderry Magistrates' Court.

WJO'C, 48, from [redacted], on the outskirts of Derry, was jailed for three years in 2008 for two sex assaults on a teenage girl.

In February, O'C breached his sexual offences prevention order by going to Dublin for a week without telling the authorities.

He also phoned the police on several occasions, saying he was on the Foyle bridge and that he intended to harm himself.

The court was told that the police and ambulance service as well as Foyle Search and Rescue were deployed following the phone calls. O'C was later found living in a derelict house in Derry.

Mr McElholm imposed a five-month jail sentence on O'C for two breaches of the order. The sentence was suspended for three years.

He was also ordered to pay compensation to Foyle Search and Rescue for what the judge called "wasting their time" [sic]."

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