December 2019

‘Hunter group’ catches man who travelled to Ballymena in run up Christmas expecting to meet ‘eleven-year-old girl’

A pervert who was caught by a ‘paedophile hunter group’ had travelled to Ballymena thinking he was meeting an eleven-year-old girl, the town’s Magistrates Court heard on Thursday.

David Norman Nixon (49), with an address listed as Ballynahinch, County Down, was confronted at Ballymena’s bus/railway station in the run up to Christmas two years ago.

He appeared at court via video link and pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and attempted sexual communication with a child relating to December 2017.

The court heard the defendant had been on an over-18 dating site and contact with a ‘decoy’ then moved to WhatsApp.

A prosecutor said the defendant had communicated with a ‘decoy’ pretending to be an eleven-year-old girl for around three weeks when Nixon had made “sexual” comments and he sent three images of his “private parts”.

The defendant had then travelled to Ballymena.

A defence barrister said the defendant, who is unemployed and has no children, “lives a fairly isolated lifestyle”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said an aggravating feature in the case was that Nixon had travelled to Ballymena in the expectation of meeting someone the defendant believed was an 11-year-old girl.

Nixon was given a four months jail term and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for seven years.

He was also made the subject of a five year long Sexual Offences Prevention Order with conditions regarding contact with children and internet access.