April 2019

Wirral man Daniel McKinlay jailed for sex with vulnerable teenager

Daniel McKinlay

A sex offender jailed for inciting young girls to behave indecently during video calls went on to have sex with an under-age vulnerable youngster, a court has heard.

Daniel McKinlay, who admitted a string of offences, was today jailed for four and a half years after a Liverpool Crown Court trial.

McKinlay had told a 14-year-old girl that he was 16 but he was actually three years older than that when they met in Birkenhead Park in December 2017.

They had begun communicating after he favourably commented on a photograph she posted on Instagram and they subsequently agreed to meet at the park.

The couple went back to his flat where they had sex. They arranged to meet again the next day, said Louise McCloskey, prosecuting.

He knew she was only 14 and she became suspicious about his purported age when they met and he eventually accepted he was older than he had told her.

Miss McCloskey said that the girl, who had had previous sexual partners, told an assistant at her school that she was having sex with an 18-year-old called Dan.

Her mother was told and she called the police. When interviewed he admitted responsibility.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that in June 2016 he was sentenced to 18 months detention after admitting inciting two girls, aged 12 and 15, to engage in sexual activity by exposing their breasts during video calls and to touch themselves inappropriately.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for ten years, meaning he had to tell police about any change of address or going abroad.

However last December he went to stay with relatives in Southern Ireland without registering that fact apart from leaving a text message on a police officer’s phone.

He attended a voluntary meeting about that on January 13, a day later than arranged, and apologised

He was arrested at his home two days later and a search revealed cocaine which he admitted was for his own personal use.

McKinlay, 21, of Marshall Close, Bromborough, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with notification requirements – her fourth such offence – and possessing cocaine, meeting a child following sexual grooming, two offences of sexual activity with a child and breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, said that although McKinlay was comparatively young “you have an unhealthy interest in young children. There can be no doubt in the court’s judgement that you represent a risk to such children as far as the future is concerned.”

He ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

July 2016

Teen jailed after grooming and blackmailing two young girls

A teen has been locked up for grooming two young girls and threatening to post indecent pictures of them on Facebook if they failed to comply with his demands.

Daniel McKinlay, from Rutland Court, Connah’s Quay, was jailed for 18 months yesterday at Mold Crown Court after “targeting” two girls as young as 12.

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three counts of engaging in sexually activity with a child and two counts of blackmail.

Judge Niclas Parry warned of the dangers of the “phenomenon” known as sexting.

“Young girls need to understand when they are persuaded to send images that their dignity, modesty and privacy may be lost forever,” he said.

McKinlay, who was just 15 when the offences started, first convinced a 12-year-old victim to send him a picture of her wearing a bra, said barrister Anna Pope, prosecuting.

The defendant, now 18, then got back in touch with the same victim three years later asking her for more images and reminding her that he still had pictures from the past.

When he asked the girl for another image she refused and blocked him on Facebook.

He then gave her an option of performing oral sex on him or he would post an image of her on the internet.

In “an act of great bravery” she posted the conversation on the social media site – “exposing McKinlay as a bully and to be blackmailing her”, the judge said.

McKinlay also turned his attention to targeting a 14-year-old girl. 

The pair shared Snapchat messages before speaking on FaceTime – a form of communication which offers live video footage of each other.

Miss Pope said: “On one occasion she was in bed and he was on the sofa. He asked her to expose her breast and she did.

“He then asked her to touch herself between her legs.

“She turned the camera to show her performing a sexual act on herself, but she became concerned after hearing clicks, as if the defendant was taking screenshots.”

The court heard how McKinlay would then pester the youngster and told her there was no point in refusing to send future pictures because “she had already done it”.

He also told her that if she did not send more images he would post pictures of her on Facebook, said Miss Pope.

McKinlay was arrested on December 4 and admitted to threatening to post pictures of the victims, but said he did not have any images of them. No images were found on his phone.

Barrister John Hedgecoe, defending, said McKinlay had demonstrated remorse on a number of occasions. “This young man has learnt his lesson,” he said.

Mr Hedgecoe said the defendant was a naive character who had not realised the seriousness of the offences until he was arrested.

Judge Parry told McKinlay: “You targeted two young girls.

“By your flattery you were activity grooming these girls, and by the second victim, you knew what you were doing.”

Jailing McKinlay, the judge warned that in the “modern age” offences such as these needed to be deterred.

As well as 18 months custody, he must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

He is also not allowed to have contact with children under the age of 16 unless their parents are aware of the offences and give consent.

He was also given restrictions on future use of the internet – preventing him from having any storage software or from deleting his search history.