January 2019

Paedophile caught with van-load of possessions at port was moving to Ireland to flee police monitoring

A paedophile who wanted to start a new life away from police monitoring was caught trying to flee Wales.

Dennis Christopher Bull was booked on a ferry from Pembrokeshire to Ireland – but was arrested when he arrived at the terminal for the crossing.

Swansea Crown Court heard Bull was born in Cwmbran and then moved to New Zealand where he has an extensive criminal record, including numerous sex offences. His sexual offending continued when he returned to Wales.

Dyfed Thomas, prosecuting, said on November 18 last year police were alerted to a Ford Mondeo car full of “household items” which was being prepared to be loaded onto a ferry as freight at Fishguard harbour.

The court heard while police were examining the car 67-year-old Bull arrived at the terminal in an LDV van full of further personal items. He filled in an embarkation card and went to wait for the ferry but was instead picked up by police.

Mr Thomas said as part of the registration requirements of being a sex offender Bull had to notify police in advance of any intention to travel abroad – something he had not done.

The court heard Bull had ended his tenancy on his home near Aberystwyth and had found casual farm work in Ireland through an employment agency.

In his police interview Bull said he wanted to move to Ireland because he didn’t like the conditions imposed on him in the UK following his conviction for possessing indecent images of children and wanted to go somewhere where he wouldn’t be monitored by the authorities.

Bull, of Bow Street near Aberystwyth, pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

The court heard he had convictions in New Zealand for offences including indecent exposure, outraging public decency, gross indecency with a child, child cruelty, assault, and motoring matters.

He subsequently returned to Wales where in 2016 he was jailed at Caernarfon Crown Court for possessing indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography.

He was put on the sex offenders’ register and made the subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order. He also has two convictions for breaching the order by not telling police about new mobile phones and other devices he had acquired.

Judge Geraint Walters described Bull’s plan to move to Ireland as a “determined attempt to avoid detection” by the police but one that had been thwarted by the “eagle eye of the port authorities”.

He said: “You are defiant of court orders that are there to protect others.

“It is time to learn, Mr Bull, when a court makes these orders and people breach them they can expect to be dealt with firmly.

“You are determined to try to avoid the consequences of your sex offending – and that is truly disturbing.”

Bull was jailed for 16 months.