November 2018

‘Determined and persistent’ Bradford paedophile behind bars awaiting long prison sentence

A “Determined and persistent” Bradford paedophile is behind bars awaiting a long prison sentence for attempting to meet up with girls as young as 12 for sex.

Malcolm Bellwood, 63, committed a raft of new offences just 28 days after a judge at Bradford Crown Court sentenced him to a community order and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for similar behaviour.

He was arrested after contacting adults posing as young girls on the internet (Paedophile hunting team Catching Online Predators) and making disgusting and perverted suggestions to them.

Bellwood, of Discovery House, Barkerend Road, Bradford, pleaded guilty to seven charges on Friday when he was brought back to court from prison.

He admitted two counts of attempting to incite a girl under 13 to engage in penetrative sexual activity, three offences of attempting to incite a girl under 16 to engage in penetrative sexual activity and attempting sexual communication with a child under 16.

Bellwood also pleaded guilty to attempting to contact a number of people on the internet that he believed to be girls under 16 that he was prohibited from doing by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order that had been made on June 25.

Bellwood’s barrister, Jayne Beckett, said he had a low IQ but he was not thought to have any psychiatric issues.

Judge Jonathan Rose adjourned the case until January 25 for a pre-sentence report from the probation service to address the level of danger Bellwood posed to young girls.

“He receives a community order and in 28 days he is doing exactly the same thing,” the judge said.

“He is showing a very clear and determined interest in young children and having sexual involvement with them.

“I consider the question of dangerousness is very much a live issue.”

Bellwood will receive a substantial prison sentence that could be extended by placing him on a long and closely monitored licence period after his release.

Judge Rose said Bellwood’s response to the community order was to commit a raft of further offences.

“It shows a persistent and determined effort to meet children for sexual activity,” he stated.

Mrs Beckett said the psychiatrist who previously dealt with Bellwood would be asked to produce a new report for his sentencing hearing.

That report would address his reoffending.

Bellwood was remanded back to prison to await sentence.

Judge Rose told him: “Mr Bellwood, I gave you an opportunity in June to receive assistance.

“The only outcome for you now is a lengthy prison sentence.”