Paedophile sent back to prison

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A CONVICTED paedophile has been sent back to jail after he approached a group of teenagers in the centre of Stamford.

Peter Goodwin, 38, of Chapel Lane, Barnack, who has previously served a five-year jail sentence for offences against a young girl, had been banned from approaching anyone under the age of 16.

But, Lincoln Crown Court was told, he became aggressive towards a group of teenagers in High Street, Stamford and made an inappropriate comment to a girl of 15.

Judge Michael Heath told him: “You were prohibited from speaking to children under 16. These orders must be obeyed. They are imposed to prevent serious harm occurring to members of the public.

“You have a bad record in relation to sexual offences. There must be a sentence of immediate imprisonment in this case.”

The court was told the latest incident happened in November.

Stephen Veitch prosecuting, said Goodwin appeared to be drunk and at one point walked up to a noticeboard containing a town map and punched it, injuring his own hand.

He then walked up to a 15-year-old girl outside the town library and made the inappropriate comment.

Police were called and Goodwin continued to be aggressive as he was arrested and taken to a police station.

The court heard Goodwin was convicted in February, 2000, of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl on a passenger train.

In March, 2006, he was jailed for five years for offences against a five-year-old girl.

At Lincoln Crown Court this week Goodwin admitted breaching a sexual offences prevention order on November 5, 2010. He was jailed for nine months.

Christopher Milligan, mitigating, told the court Goodwin accepted he was wrong to approach the teenagers but denied he made the inappropriate comment reported in court.

“His problem at the moment is drink,” Mr Milligan said. “He has described himself as an alcoholic.

“The combination of his alcohol problems with the offences he has committed in the past must lead to him posing a significant risk.”

Mr Milligan asked that Goodwin be given the opportunity of assessment for his suitability to undergo an alcohol treatment programme.

“He asks for a chance to try to kick his drink habit,” Mr Milligan added.