Judge questions bail of Dungannon sex offender


A DISTRICT judge has questioned why a registered sex offender was given police bail after he breached an order to stay away from children.

Rodney Seffen, 42, of Cherry Tree Court, Dungannon was convicted of voyeurism offences in 2009 and was prevented from having any contact with children or residing at any other address other than his own without prior permission.

A Dungannon court was told of how Seffen had been spending several nights per week at an address in Coalisland with his partner who has two children under the age of 18 also living at the same address.

A court was also told how Seffen was found in possession of a tablet computer when he was also prohibited under his sexual offences prevention order from having any device capable of internet access without prior to approval from police. He denies the charges.

District Judge John Meehan said: “Why on earth did police grant bail in this case? The defendant is a registered sex offender and it is suspected he moved himself into a house with two vulnerable children. The public have a right to be protected.”

Judge Meehan imposed a number of strict conditions including an overnight curfew and signing with police on weekdays.

The case was adjourned to 18th December.