February 2010

Denholme man remanded in custody

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A sex offender who served a jail term for possessing indecent photographs breached a prevention order by being in possession of computer memory sticks, magistrates were told today.

Derek Duffy had the two sticks on a keyring when he was being interviewed by his probation officer on January 22 in Keighley.

The 44-year-old, of New Road, Denholme, pleaded guilty at court inBingley to breaking the sex-offender order.

He was on licence at the time of the offence and was immediately recalled to prison from where he appeared in court today.

Duffy received an 18-month prison sentence in July 2007 and had been the subject of a Sex Offencers Prevention Order.

Mark Steeples, prosecuting, said the memory sticks were discovered on the keyring. Duffy claimed they were on the keyring of the car which he had borrowed from his son.

The bench was told that it was a genuine mistake and he was unaware the sticks were there until he dropped the keyring.

Duffy was remanded in custody until March 9 for pre-sentence reports to be compiled.

August 2007

Child-abuse images pervert is locked up

A HALIFAX paedophile has been jailed for 18 months for having more than 2,700 indecent images of boys on his computer.

Derek Duffy, 42, was convicted of 13 offences of possessing indecent photographs of children after a four-day trial last month.

On release, he will be subject to a three and a half year extended licence and a sexual offences prevention order was made to stop him being alone with children.

At Bradford Crown Court, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC branded Duffy’s activities as “sordid.”

He told him: “You have an intense and unshakeable interest in the company of under 16-year-old boys.”

Duffy, of Highlands Lane, Halifax, was cleared of sexually abusing three schoolboys, now aged 21, 17 and 16.

He was acquitted of indecent assault, indecency with a child, sexual activity with a child, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The jury was directed to return a not guilty verdict on a further charge of indecency with a child.

The court heard that Duffy, a sheet-metal worker, had two previous convictions for sex offences.

The first was when he showed an adult porn film to two boys, the second for indecently assaulting a boy under 14. 

James Ward, for Duffy, said he did not accept his guilt and was adamant the three boys downloaded the porn.

He said the boys had been put up to making the allegations by his former gay lover. The boys claimed they were groomed by Duffy, who gave them cash and cigarettes.

Detective Constable Brian Burke, the investigating officer, received a commendation from Judge Durham Hall.

The sentence was welcomed by Detective Sergeant Gary Stephenson, who said: “It reflects the serious nature of the offences.”

The first offence relates to showing adult porn to two young boys when he was living in Scotland in the 1990s and the second is for sexually assaulting a boy under the age of 14.

He told the court that the father of one of the boys in this case had put them up to lying to the police about the abuse.

He admitted that he and the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been lovers.

They fell out three or four years ago over a car and Duffy claims since then, his ex-boyfriend had spread rumours about him being a paedophile.

Duffy told the court the man, who he said collected Nazi memorabilia, was now homophobic and said his views were akin to that of Hitler’s.