November 2017

Sex offender ex-policeman exposed himself to young girls in store

A former policeman who exposed himself and touched his private parts in front of a woman and her two young daughters in a busy Belfast store has been spared jail.

John Douglas Stanfield, who turns 84 next month, has an extensive criminal record for similar offences and was in breach of a prior Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) when he was seen rubbing his genitals in Homebase last summer.

Belfast Crown Court heard Stanfield’s latest offending – committing an act outraging public decency in the Galwally branch of the store – was “deliberately” carried out in front of two girls aged seven and eight.

The incident occurred last June, and was reported a few months later after the woman saw reports in the media about Stanfield’s previous offending.

The pensioner, from Rosetta Road in Belfast, was handed an 18-month sentence, which was suspended for two years, by Judge David McFarland.

When he was arrested in November 2016 and asked about the incident in Homebase, Stanfield said he couldn’t remember.

When an officer pointed out that the allegation made by the woman matched the type of behaviour he indulged in, and when asked if he could have committed the offence, he said: “I probably did.”

Judge McFarland noted Stanfield has “numerous convictions for this type of activity”, and pointed out the pensioner both breached bail and the terms of his SOPO by offending last June

Saying he was taking into consideration the pensioner’s age and his responsibilities to his wife, Judge McFarland handed Stanfield a suspended sentence.

November 2017

Pervert ex-cop admits more offences

A PERVERT ex-cop is still walking the streets despite being convicted of two new sex crimes and breaching a suspended prison sentence.

John Stanfield (83) was in Belfast Crown Court last week to admit openly rubbing his private parts at a Homebase DIY store and flaunting the terms of Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

But the pensioner was yet again freed on bail despite being one of the most prolific perverts in Northern Ireland.

Since 2010 ‘Dirty John’ – as he is known to neighbours in the Rosetta area of south Belfast – has been convicted of a staggering 19 sex crimes.

However, he has only spent a total of four weeks behind bars.

Lat year, he admitted three counts of committing an act outraging public decency; five of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO); four of engaging in sexual activity in front of a child aged under 13.

However the former RUC man has now been told to come back to the Crown Court on November 28 for sentencing for his latest offence, which occurred in the aisle of Homebase on the Saintfield Road in June last year.

The creep was seen shamelessly caressing his genitals by disgusted customers. They alerted staff who called police.

Stanfield, who is well-known to local PSNI officers as he is banned from entering parks and some supermarkets, was later arrested.

He was also in breach of his SOPO, which prevents him from being near anyone under the age of 18 without prior approval because he is considered such a risk.

The court, which last year suspended his two-year prison sentence for three years, made the order after Stanfield was caught touching himself in front of kids at a Tesco store in south Belfast.

He claimed he was scratching his psoriasis, but police inquiries found he had behaved in a similar fashion at a nearby Sainsbury’s supermarket. Officers showed Stanfield CCTV footage of his lewd behaviour, but he denied any wrongdoing.

A court was later told the recordings clearly displayed the paedophile “actively seeking out children in the aisles” before acting indecently in their presence.

Stanfield was first put on the Sex Offenders’ Register in 2010.

Two years later he was in the dock at Antrim Crown Court to be convicted of flashing kids at Castlerock beach near Portstewart and pleasuring himself in public.

Disgusted onlookers told police Stanfield had his hand down his trousers and was “playing with himself” and “shuffling”.

Since then the pensioner has been in court more than a dozen times to answer new sex offence charges.

He picked up the ‘Dirty John’ nickname after buying Viagra-style pills from local teenage drug dealers.

November 2016

Ex police officer avoids prison again


An 82-year-old former police officer has avoided jail again despite being convicted of his 17th sex crime

John Stanfield had a two year jail sentence suspended for three years when he appeared in the dock of Downpatrick Crown Court last Thursday

The pensioner admitted three counts of committing an act outraging public decency; five of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO); four of engaging in sexual activity in front of a child aged under 13.

The convictions relate to incidents earlier this year when Stanfield fondled himself in various supermarkets near his home on the Rosetta Road in south Belfast. The incidents were caught on CCTV. After being arrested he claimed to have been scratching his psoriasis.

Despite being convicted of 17 sex crimes since 2010 Stanfield has only ever served four weeks in prison.

That was last month when he was remanded in custody ahead of being given a suspended sentence and freed on Thursday.

Stanfield is now back living in the Rosetta area, much to the fury of neighbours who had hoped to see the back of him.

Locals had previously been in touch with DUP peer Lord Morrow who asked the Department of Justice to carry out a serious case review because of the paedophile’s constant re-offending. But the politician was told that this was not possible because Stanfield’s latest crimes were non-contact.

Despite being on the sex offender’s register and subject to a SOPO the pervert was allowed to go on a recent cruise. He is also a familiar sight in cafes around the Ormeau Road.

A source said: “It seems Stanfield cannot control himself and given his past record it will only be a matter of time before he is in trouble again.”

Stanfield also has convictions for fondling himself in front of children on beaches. He was nicknamed ‘Dirty John’ by teenagers in Rosetta after buying Viagra-type sex pills from young dealers.

January 2016

Pervert pensioner ‘touched himself in front of children’


A convicted sex offender accused of acting indecently towards children in two supermarkets has been granted bail despite police objections.

At Newtownards Magistrates Court, John Douglas Stanfield (82) confirmed that he understood the 16 charges against him.

Stanfield, from Rosetta Road, east Belfast, is accused of six charges of breaching his sexual offences prevention order (SOPO), six of engaging in sexual acts in the presence of children, three of indecent behaviour and one of failing to comply with the sex offenders’ register.

All are alleged to have occurred in February, March, November and December last year.

Giving evidence to the court, a detective constable said she believed she could connect Stanfield to each of the charges.

A prosecuting lawyer said although it was an “unusual application”, given that Stanfield was released on police bail after he was initially charged, the PPS was asking for the pensioner to be remanded into custody.

The detective described how police were called to a supermarket at the Forestside shopping centre in Belfast on December 10 last year following reports of Stanfield “touching himself in front of children” in an incident captured on CCTV.

Police seized and watched the footage and Stanfield was arrested at his home. The officer revealed that enquiries uncovered two similar but earlier incidents in the same shop.

All three incidents had been recorded on security cameras and the officer described how Stanfield could be seen “actively seeking out children in the aisles” before acting indecently in their presence.

District judge Mark Hamill asked if Stanfield exposed himself while engaging in the alleged activity or if he spoke to or touched the children, but the officer said:”It’s over his clothing He doesn’t talk to them and he didn’t touch them but his behaviour is concerning.”

Arrested and interviewed, Stanfield was shown footage from each incident but each time his explanation “was that he was scratching his psoriasis”.

Defence solicitor Hugh Edgar told the court there was “medical evidence” about Stanfield’s condition, submitting that the pensioner should be released again, given that he was freed on police bail in the first place.

Releasing Stanfield on his own bail of £500, judge Hamill barred the pensioner from entering any supermarket or its car park and from having contact with children. He warned that the prosecution did not “contemplate for a moment prosecuting this in the magistrates” and said a “bad character application is staring you in the face”.

Stanfield was ordered to come back to court on February 9 and was warned that any breach of his bail or SOPO would mean that “he would go back into custody”.