April 2019

Man made ‘blatant attempt to have sex’ with young girls and urged one to have sex with a dog

A DANGEROUS and determined paedophile who attempted to have sex with at least seven young girls has been jailed for four and a half years with a six-year extended licence period.

Malcolm Bellwood, 63, made internet contact with what he believed were children aged between 12 and 15 and urged them to commit acts of penetrative sexual activity on themselves and to take part in depraved acts of bestiality.

Bellwood, of Discovery House, Barkerend Road, Bradford, was labelled a danger to the public, especially little girls, by Judge Jonathan Rose at Bradford Crown Court today.

Bellwood committed a string of new offences just 28 days after he was sentenced to a three year community order and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, on June 25 last year, for attempting to incite a girl aged 14 to engage in sexual activity.

He was netted by a vigilante group after arranging to meet up with what he thought was the child.

Bellwood pleaded guilty to seven new similar charges when he was brought back to court from prison in November.

He admitted two counts of attempting to incite a girl under 13 to engage in penetrative sexual activity, three offences of attempting to incite a girl under 16 to engage in penetrative sexual activity and attempting sexual communication with a child under 16.

The court heard that Bellwood was of very low intelligence and no real young girls were involved in the offending. He confessed he had been interested in young girls for about 20 years. Bellwood said he contacted the “children” because he felt lonely and isolated.

Judge Rose said the defendant exhibited a “determined and continuing” interest in young children.

In June last year, he was sentenced to a community order for contacting what he believed was a girl over the internet and encouraging her to have sex with a dog.

Days later, he was contacting what he believed were girls aged as young as 12.

He encouraged them to have sex with him and to engage in sexual activity with each other. Bellwood sent a photo of his penis and asked for indecent photos in return.

He was prepared to travel as far as the south of England to have sex with one girl.

Judge Rose revoked the community order and told Bellwood he was to be sentenced for a total of ten offences involving at least seven young girls.

“It was a definite and blatant attempt to have sex with children just weeks after the community order was imposed,” the judge said.

Bellwood, who had been held in custody, had undoubtedly believed they were real children he was in touch with.

Judge Rose said Bellwood could not control or manage his sexual urges and lacked insight into his behaviour. He continued to deny his sexual interest in children.

“You are indeed a dangerous individual,” Judge Rose said.

The sexual harm prevention order stays in place for the rest of Bellwood’s life and he must sign on the sex offender register, also for life.

November 2018

‘Determined and persistent’ Bradford paedophile behind bars awaiting long prison sentence

A “Determined and persistent” Bradford paedophile is behind bars awaiting a long prison sentence for attempting to meet up with girls as young as 12 for sex.

Malcolm Bellwood, 63, committed a raft of new offences just 28 days after a judge at Bradford Crown Court sentenced him to a community order and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for similar behaviour.

He was arrested after contacting adults posing as young girls on the internet (Paedophile hunting team Catching Online Predators) and making disgusting and perverted suggestions to them.

Bellwood, of Discovery House, Barkerend Road, Bradford, pleaded guilty to seven charges on Friday when he was brought back to court from prison.

He admitted two counts of attempting to incite a girl under 13 to engage in penetrative sexual activity, three offences of attempting to incite a girl under 16 to engage in penetrative sexual activity and attempting sexual communication with a child under 16.

Bellwood also pleaded guilty to attempting to contact a number of people on the internet that he believed to be girls under 16 that he was prohibited from doing by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order that had been made on June 25.

Bellwood’s barrister, Jayne Beckett, said he had a low IQ but he was not thought to have any psychiatric issues.

Judge Jonathan Rose adjourned the case until January 25 for a pre-sentence report from the probation service to address the level of danger Bellwood posed to young girls.

“He receives a community order and in 28 days he is doing exactly the same thing,” the judge said.

“He is showing a very clear and determined interest in young children and having sexual involvement with them.

“I consider the question of dangerousness is very much a live issue.”

Bellwood will receive a substantial prison sentence that could be extended by placing him on a long and closely monitored licence period after his release.

Judge Rose said Bellwood’s response to the community order was to commit a raft of further offences.

“It shows a persistent and determined effort to meet children for sexual activity,” he stated.

Mrs Beckett said the psychiatrist who previously dealt with Bellwood would be asked to produce a new report for his sentencing hearing.

That report would address his reoffending.

Bellwood was remanded back to prison to await sentence.

Judge Rose told him: “Mr Bellwood, I gave you an opportunity in June to receive assistance.

“The only outcome for you now is a lengthy prison sentence.”