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A convicted sex offender from Calne who breached his sexual harm prevention order within months of it being imposed, will have a judge decide his sentencing in summer.

Swindon magistrates court 616x385Bruce Wayne of Watermint Way in Calne, was convicted in 2011 of a child sex offence under the name Andrew Jason Phillips but he breached notification requirements in 2014.

In 2020 he was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order which he breached within months of it being imposed by volunteering at Calne Central, as a fire warden and maintenance man.

Appearing at Swindon Crown Court last week, Mr Wayne denied claims put forward by the prosecution that he had volunteered at Calne Central in a 'cynical attempt' to gain contact with vulnerable people.

Defence solicitor, Andrew Stone told the court that Wayne had been given permission by his police offender manager to attend Calne Central community centre as a 'punter'. The court heard it had become apparent to Wayne that he was able to help in an informal capacity with things around the place and at no point had he considered himself an official volunteer.

However, Judge Jason Taylor QC said that he did not accept that Wayne’s actions were as innocent as he was making out and that he read the actions as 'predatory behaviour'. He said: "When you look into the backdrop, it seems to me that if he wants to say ‘I went there for genuinely innocent reasons, nothing sinister’ that is going to make a difference to sentence.”

The judge ordered further statements to be gathered and adjourned the case for what is expected to be a Newton hearing - used where the two sides offer such conflicting evidence that a judge sitting without a jury will hear the evidence and decide the basis for sentencing.

The hearing is expected to take place in the summer.