April 2018

Tonbridge sex offender who got a teenage girl pregnant is now living in the woods

A convicted paedophile from Tonbridge has been breaking the terms of the sex offenders’ register while living in local woodland, a court heard.

Robert Homewood, 36, was jailed for 42 months for having sex with an underage girl in 2008 and had been living with his disabled mother in Tonbridge.

But after a row with the council Homewood was issued with a restraining order and told he he had to leave the Tonbridge property in November last year.

Appearing before Sevenoaks magistrates, Homewood admitted failing to register at Tonbridge Police Station on four separate occasions, a legal requirement for someone on the sex offences register.

Probation officer, David Mowbray said Homewood’s life had “descended into chaos” since the eviction and he had difficulty in remembering.

He told the court “things had got on the top of him – he is homeless at the moment and has been for some time.”

“He had been living with his mother but after an altercation with the council they said he could not live at the property and he now has a restraining order placed on him.

“Since that day in 2017 he has been living in local woods under makeshift branches.”

He said Homewood suffered from a number of mental health issues, mood swings, paranoia and early on-set dementia and had a complicated life – including two children with the teenage victim he had sexually abused.

“What is abundantly clear is that here are a myriad of issues that need to be addressed,” he added.

“He does not appear to have had any significant support in the community.

And once living at a permanent address he could return to notifying police of his whereabouts on an annual basis, he said.

Chairman of the magistrates bench, Anne Lightbody sentenced Homewood to a 12 month community order – including 30 days of rehabilitation activity with the probation service. She said she hoped this would help “address some of the issues” Homewood had. He was also ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge.