April 2015

Sex offender who lives on boat fails in bid to overturn jail term

A sex offender who lives on a boat on the Bridgewater Canal in Stretford has failed in an Appeal Court bid to overturn his latest jail term.

Robert Quinlan, 54, was jailed for nine months at Warrington Crown Court in 2008 after he admitted three counts of voyeurism and two of possessing indecent images of a child.

Quinlan set up video cameras to record images of a teenage girl and was found in possession of low-level pornographic photos of the youngster.

As a sex offender, Quinlan was also hit with strict “notification requirements”, compelling him to keep police informed of his doings and whereabouts.

He was hauled back to court in February last year after he failed to provide police with details of his bank accounts.

He was given an eight-month term jail term at Manchester Crown Court after he was convicted of failing to comply with the notification requirements.

Mr Justice Nicol told London’s Appeal Court that Quinlan had received previous sentences, in 2009 and 2013, for failing to comply with the same requirements.

Quinlan travelled down from Stretford to put his case to the appeal judge, sitting with Lord Justice Jackson and Mr Justice King, challenging both his conviction and sentence.

He said he believed the police had all the necessary information, and that his life was in a chaotic state at the time since he was only recently out of jail.

His boat was being squatted by “homeless” people and he had to relocate his vessel in order to escape them, he told the court.

But Mr Justice Nicol said he had “no reasonable excuse” for withholding information from the police, concluding that his conviction challenge was “hopeless”.

Also upholding his sentence, the judge said: “He has breached these requirements twice before. His present offence took place only days after his release from a prison sentence for a like matter.”

October 2008

Pervert jailed for filming teenage girl

A FORMER Lymm man has been jailed after pleading guilty to voyeurism and possessing indecent photographs of a child.

Robert Quinlan, aged 47, of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, in Manchester, was sentenced at Warrington Crown Court on Friday.

Quinlan, who refused legal representation, was red-faced as the court heard how he had set up video cameras to record images of a 15-year-old girl and was also found in possession of low-level pornographic photos of the youngster.

Indecent photographs of children are classified in five categories ranging from level one images where children are posing naked to level five where children are depicted in the most disturbing sexual acts.

The unemployed 47-year-old was found with 54 level one images of the girl and one level two photo.

Quinlan was arrested on August 31 last year after the teenager realised she was being recorded upon discovering one of the cameras.

He admitted hiding the recording equipment and said he was infatuated with her. He also admitted fantasising about the youngster and masturbating over the images.

Quinlan, who spent 12 months in prison in 2000 for theft, possession of a prohibitive weapon, affray and criminal damage, spoke in his own defence.

He said: “This was an incident that involved no-one else and although the word child is used, she was developed as a woman.

“I have been under investigation for 13 months and nothing else has been uncovered.”

Jailing Quinlan for nine months, the Recorder of Chester, Elgan Edwards, said: “This kind of behaviour cannot be tolerated. It is quite disgusting.

“I appreciate you were infatuated but you ought not to have been and to have taken the sneaky images is not acceptable.

“You ought to be ashamed of yourself.”

Quinlan was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register and was disqualified from working with children.