Home of sex offender comes under attack

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The home of a convicted sex offender staying on Union Street, Lurgan, came under attack last night (Thursday, May 10) after he was identified in a Facebook post.

The man was escorted from the premises by police after a social media storm over his identity and location.

It has also been learned that another home in the area was attacked earlier in the week in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

In last night’s attack paint was daubed on the doors and windows of the offender’s rented accommodation with the words ‘Peado out’ (a misspelling of paedo).

The offender had been jailed for eight and a half years in 2009 after he raped a schoolgirl in a flat in Bangor, County Down.

David Adams, then aged 40, was branded a “serious risk to children”.

Adams was found guilty by a jury of raping the girl, committing her to perform an act of gross indecency and indecent assault.

The girl was between 13 and 14-years-old when the offences occurred in 2006.

Despite being found guilty, Adams still denied the charges.

The jury heard the incidents took place at a flat in Bangor which was occupied by a friend of Adams and frequented by the teenager.

Downpatrick Crown Court heard that on the day of the rape, Adams and the girl were alone in the flat and they went into the bedroom.

“I agreed to have sex with him but when I asked him to stop he wouldn’t stop,” she told police.

She said that after the incident, Adams moved to Scotland, but sent her text messages telling her he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. She said he had asked her to run away with him.

Adams was arrested in Glasgow in June 2007 and brought back to Northern Ireland for questioning.

Defence barrister David Hopley told the judge his client had a “pretty appalling childhood” and was himself the victim of sexual abuse.

He said the impact of the abuse had a “tremendous effect” on Adams, adding his client was a “very vulnerable and fragile individual” who has “difficulty reading and writing”.

Judge Loughran told Adams that while the teenage girl frequented the flat that did not “in any way reduce the culpability in taking advantage of her” for “sexual gratification”.

“At the time of the offences she was aged between 13 and 14. At the time of the offences, you were 37,” she said. “She was a child, you were an adult.”

She sentenced Adams to serve eight years in prison for raping the girl with two additional three-month consecutive sentences for gross indecency and indecent assault.