November 2016

Paedophile is on the run after judge made ‘mistake’ by granting him bail


A CONVICTED paedophile who moved to Scotland and kept offending has gone on the run.

Antony Hunter was warned a jail sentence was “almost inevitable” when he previously appeared in court for his latest offences.

Dunfermline sheriff Charles Macnair admitted yesterday that his decision to grant Hunter bail was “a mistake” after defence solicitor Roshni Joshi said her client was not present for sentencing.

The 35-year-old admitted downloading more than 300 illegal images of children while staying with his mother in Rosyth, Fife.

He told police he was attracted to girls aged over 14, admitting: “I know I have a problem and I need help.”

The paedophile also admitted breaching an order by the courts that meant he had to tell police where he was living – but failed to do so when he moved from Loughborough to Fife.

Hunter, who was jailed in 2011 for having sex with a 15-year-old girl, also admitted breaching a sexual Offences Prevention order (SOPO).

He had unsupervised contact with two girls aged five and 10 in Burntisland, Fife, between August 10 and August 24 last year, while sharing a room with the younger girl.

Despite admitting the offences, Hunter was bailed and failed to appear for sentencing.

Sheriff Macnair had told Hunter: “It’s very concerning you committed a serious sexual offence on a child in 2011.

“You were placed on a SOPO. You breached it by staying with these young children and having unsupervised contact with them. During this time you downloaded child pornography.”

Macnair called for reports and a psychological assessment, adding it was “almost inevitable” Hunter would be jailed. But he allowed bail to continue