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Paedophile defied court order and browsed internet on computers at Weymouth Library

Paedophile defied court order and browsed internet on computers at Weymouth Library
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A paedophile who has a record of breaching court orders was caught using computers at Weymouth Library on three separate occasions, a court heard. Victor Peter Balfour, aged 68, was made subject to a lengthy sexual harm prevention order in 2015 after he was caught with indecent images on his mobile phone.

The terms of his court order, which is in force to prevent him to cause further harm to the public, strictly monitors his internet usage and prohibits Balfour from using public computers and devices that cannot record internet browsing history. Balfour breached his sexual harm preventing order on three occasions, namely use the internet on computers at Weymouth Library on December 30, 2021, January 29, 2022 and January 31, 2022.

By using the computers to access the internet, Balfour was in breach of his sexual harm prevention order as the devices wiped his internet history following his session. In a brief hearing at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court, prosecutor Chris Nightingale briefly outlined how he had already breached his court order three times and was previously imprisoned.

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He said: “In 2015, he was subject to a sexual harm prevention order. There were breaches in 2017, another in 2019, and a further offence in November last year. He also has matters at Oxford Crown Court to attend to.”

It was not known what Balfour used the computers to search for or access, but Balfour, of Turton Street in Weymouth, pleaded guilty to breaching his sexual harm prevention order on three occasions. Mitigating, Lee Christmas, agreed with Mr Nightingale that the matters were so serious and limited sentencing powers at a magistrates court meant he must be ruling at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Victor Balfour following his hearing at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court

Magistrates’ chair, Louise Dutton, agreed and called his breaches “serious”. Balfour was released on conditional bail and told not to attend public libraries, not to use any device accessing the internet unless it can record browsing history, and make any devices available for inspection upon request by police. Balfour will be shipping at Bournemouth Crown Court on June 6.

Balfour is also due to be booked at Oxford Crown Court on May 12 for a similar breach of his sexual harm prevention order at Westgate Library in Oxford, where he accessed the internet on November 11, 2021. Balfour’s indefinite sexual harm prevention order came after prior prior breaches, and was previously jailed for 36 months in January 2019 after being caught by paedophile hunters in an online sting.

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