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Notorious paedophile appears at special court sitting after attending Twelfth

A notorious paedophile has appeared before a special court sitting following arrest for his latest alleged offending which occurred at the Twelfth demonstration in Castlecaulfield, just outside Dungannon.

Robert John Liddle (74) from Moorlough Road Lisnaskea is charged with attending a Twelfth demonstration at which there were females under 18 without prior approval of his designated Risk Manager.

He appeared by video-link from police custody at Dungannon Magistrates’ Court where a detective constable said the charge could be connected.

She explained Liddle is a convicted paedophile and part of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) conditions, ban him from being within 30 meters of any child-centred facility or attraction.

At 10.20am yesterday Liddle was observed at the Castlecaulfield demonstration area and when arrested replied: “If I had went to Enniskillen would it have meant the same thing?”

Objecting to bail the detective said Liddle remains under a SOPO which he has breached eight times, the most recent being dealt with by a suspended sentence at Enniskillen Magistrates’ Court in January.

He is also on Probation for other previous offending.

The detective continued: “He made no efforts to limit interaction with children at the event which had many child-focused attractions such as bouncy castles and ice-cream vans. He has to act responsibly to actively remove himself from any situation by which the SOPO could be breached.”

It was disclosed on July 11, Liddle had discussed the Twelfth parade with his Designated Risk Manager and was reminded he could not be in the vicinity of female children.

However he did not indicate he would be attending the demonstration.

Liddle was not legally represented at court and stated he had been unable to contact his solicitor.

District Judge Alana McSorley refused bail and ordered Liddle to be remanded in custody to appear again by video-link at Dungannon Magistrates Court later this month.

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