December 2019

Pervert slept where children lived

A paedophile’s friend let him sleep at his house for a week – even though his three children lived there.

Pervert Robert Taws slept there after being made homeless when his haul of sick images of children were exposed.

A court heard how the friend let Taws stay even though he knew about his conviction and lust for minors.

Now Taws – who wore a Jurassic Park-style t-shirt to court – has been prosecuted again.

The 29-year-old was placed on the sex offenders’ register earlier this year following a conviction for possessing indecent images.

As part of his sentence, he must notify police if he moves house or stays at an address for more than 12 hours.

However, South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court heard police found him “clearly residing” at his friend’s property on September 11.

Taws, who has been convicted of possessing Category A child abuse images as well as pornographic images of dogs and horses, admitted breaching the terms of the sex offenders’ register.

“He was in a pretty desperate situation,” said his solicitor, Paul Dunn.

“He was very much at a low ebb and was considering self-harm.”

Mitigating, he told Taws’ sentencing hearing that the friend reached out and that Taws posed “no risk” to the children.

“This was a friend in need who was facing the prospect of sleeping rough,” added Mr Dunn.

“He was happy for Mr Taws to stay at his house for a couple of nights.”

However, the court heard that Taws is classed by probation as a medium risk to children.

Magistrates almost jailed him for what was his first breach of the order amid concerns he had been given such close access to the children – which he knew he shouldn’t have had.

Taws , who is now renting a private property in Kearsley Close, Seaton Delaval, was handed an 18-week sentence suspended for a year by chair of the bench Lewis Bartoli.