March 2019

Sexual predator from Hartlepool jailed after he struck again two days after being released from prison

A Hartlepool sexual predator has been locked up again for targeting an underage girl just days after he was released from prison for a previous offence.

Brandon Swinney, 21, from Hartlepool, was caught using Facebook under an alias to contact a schoolgirl he had lured into sex years before.

Swinney had just completed a 30-month jail sentence for sexual offences against another teenage girl and he was living in a bail hostel in South Bank, Middlesbrough.

A manager monitoring his behaviour found that he had been using social media to contact a 15 year old girl, which was he banned by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Swinney, also known as Healer, tried to get the girl to send sexual photographs to him, Teesside Crown Court was told.

Prosecutor Richard Bennett said the vulnerable girl had agreed to meet Swinney in a park. When he arrived he smelled of drink and he pushed her up against a fence and he had sex with her.

The girl said in a victim impact statement that Swinney was a sexual predator who told her that he loved her, but she realised that he only wanted her for sex.

She said: ”I don’t think I would be able to trust a lad again. “I am so glad that the police have intervened and stopped us from meeting. I hope it has stopped him from doing it to other girls.”

Swinney was living in Burbank Street, Hartlepool, when he was jailed in July 2015 and described as “rootless” as he moved around in pursuit of girls. He was released in September 2016.

Swinney, of Westmorland Road, Newcastle, who appeared over a videolink from Durham Prison, was jailed for three years and given an indefinite Sexual Offence’s Prevention Order restricting his contact with under-age girls after he pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child and breaching the earlier order.

He will be on the Sex Offender’s Register for life.

July 2015

Teenager jailed for two-and-a-half years for child abuse

A teenage sex offender is behind bars for abusing a child while leading “a rootless and itinerant existence”.

Brandon Swinney was locked up for two-and-a-half years after he admitted three sexual assault charges.

Brandon Swinney was locked up for two-and-a-half years after he admitted three sexual assault charges.

At Teesside Crown Court, the 18-year-old, from Hartlepool, was also banned for life from working with children.

Judge Neil Davey, QC, also imposed a ten-year prohibition on Swinney having unsupervised contact with girls under 16.

The court heard that the offences were committed when the defendant lived in east Durham between the ages of 14 and 16.

In an impact statement, the victim said she struggled for some time to get her life back on track after being molested.

“I noticed changes in my own personality,” she said. “I was getting into trouble at school and lashing out because I was angry.

“I do feel a bit better now, but I’m still frightened to walk anywhere by myself . . . I don’t like being out on my own.”

Judge Davey told Swinney, of Burbank Street, Hartlepool: “You did not have the sort of guidance luckier children have.

“But you knew what you were doing was wrong, and you carried on doing it for your own sexual gratification.”

A probation officer wrote: “He was fearful she would disclose what was happening, and knew that his actions were wrong.

“He begged her not to say anything, and admits that her silence allowed him to continue to abuse her.”