May 2018

Pervert guilty of grooming child online

A married father-of-one was snared by ‘paedophile hunters’ after attempting to meet a 13-year-old girl – while his daughter and wife were in a hospital just minutes away.

Brian Turnbull was confronted by members of the online vigilante group Dark Justice, after travelling from Cumbria to Newcastle to meet the underage girl.

Turnbull and his wife had made the 80-mile drive with their daughter for an appointment at the skin graft clinic at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

But as the women waited in the hospital he went to the nearby Exhibition Park to meet the underage girl for ‘kissing and cuddling’. 

The 60-year-old, who described his wife as ‘the worst luck’, had been chatting to the fake girl on the dating app Whatsapp – telling her she was gorgeous and sending explicit pictures of himself. 

He also told the decoy girl his wife was ‘a pain in the a**e. 

‘Winging n wining all the time.’ (SIC) But after being accosted by Dark Justice, he told them he ‘wouldn’t have classed his behaviour as sexual grooming’ and said that it was ‘just a laugh’. 

He was arrested and admitted inciting a child in sexual activity. 

A member of Dark Justice said: ‘This was a weird case in total. He was coming to Newcastle with his wife and daughter so she could go to the skin graft clinic at the RVI. 

‘While she was in there he wanted to meet this child. It baffles your mind, the lengths these people will go to to groom children.

‘He said that he was getting a divorce and that his wife would leave him after this. 

‘He is one of the older ones we have caught.’ 

At Carlisle Crown Court, Turnbull, of Aspatria, Wigton, was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years. 

He was also ordered to complete a 30 day rehabilitation requirement and must sign the sex offenders register for seven years. 

March 2018

Brian Turnbull 60, of St Mungos Park, Aspatria thought he was chatting to a 14-year-old girl online

Turnbull started sending the 14-year-old explicit texts and pictures before he suggested meeting up.

He then travelled 60 miles from Newcastle to Carlisle to meet her – only to meet the two members of Dark Justice.

This morning (5th March), Turnbull pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child under 16 following sexual grooming. He will be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court on 27th April.

During a previous short hearing the allegation shown on court papers said: on one or more occasions met or communicated with a 13-year-old girl, not reasonably believing she was aged 16 or over, attempted to meet her and intended to do something to or in respect of her during or after the meeting, which, if done, would have involved the commission of a relevant offence defined under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, allegedly have sex with her.