May 2022

Paedophile jailed for repeatedly breaching order at Weymouth Library

A convicted paedophile who repeatedly breached a court order by using a computer at Weymouth Library has been jailed.

Victor Peter Balfour, aged 65, appeared in Oxford Crown Court on Thursday, May 12, for breaching the terms of a lengthy Sexual Harm Prevention Order which bans him from using any internet-enabled device unless it can save the web history.

Prosecuting, Tom Cockroft, told the court that Balfour’s sexual harm prevention order was first imposed at Cardiff Crown Court in 2015 after he was convicted of having indecent images of children.

The court heard that the order was extended indefinitely in January 2019 when he was jailed for 32 months at Bournemouth Crown Court for breaching the order and going to meet what he thought was a young person with whom he had been chatting with online.

Balfour, of Turton Street in Weymouth, breached his sexual harm prevention order on the same day he was released from prison by using computers at Westgate Library in Oxford on November 11.

He appeared before Judge Ian Pringle QC in December last year who gave the defendant a chance and deferred his sentence for four months, urging him not to commit any further offences within that period of time.

However, just one week later Balfour was said to have entered Weymouth Library to use a computer again.

Mr Cockroft said that Balfour approached an assistant at Weymouth Library on December 30 last year and told her he did not have a library card. The assistant said she could help him get on a computer on a guest account and Balfour was said to have asked her whether the computers kept the history of websites accessed which she said they did not, and confirmed that the computers were on a private browsing mode.

Balfour was said to have returned to Weymouth Library to use the internet on the computers again on January 29 and two days later, on January 31, this year.

The defendant was arrested and in police interview claimed that he was not aware library computers did not retain their internet history.

Judge Pringle said: “On the 23rd of December last year you and I met and, through the skill of your council, I was persuaded to give you a deferred sentence.

“One of the things I said to you very clearly at the time was that I would defer your sentence for a period of up to four months, until April, and I insisted that you did not commit any further offences.

“Well, one week later you wandered into the library at Weymouth and went onto a library computer which you were prevented from doing.

“I’m quite satisfied that you were well aware of what you were doing.

“I have no doubt at all that these offences pass the custody threshold.”

For the offences, Judge Pringle sentenced Balfour to a total of 20 months imprisonment.

Paedophile defied court order and browsed internet on computers at Weymouth Library

A pervert caught by paedophile hunting team UK database back in 2019 who has a record of breaching court orders was caught using computers at Weymouth Library on three separate occasions 

Victor Peter Balfour, aged 68, was made subject to a lengthy sexual harm prevention order in 2015 after he was caught with indecent images on his mobile phone and in 2019, he was caught by the UK database after he arranged to meet a 13 year old girl following sexual grooming

The terms of his court order, which is in force to prevent him to cause further harm to the public, strictly monitors his internet usage and prohibits Balfour from using public computers and devices that cannot record internet browsing history.

Balfour breached his sexual harm prevention order on three occasions, namely use the internet on computers at Weymouth Library on December 30, 2021, January 29, 2022 and January 31, 2022.

By using the computers to access the internet, Balfour was in breach of his sexual harm prevention order as the devices wiped his internet history following his session.

In a brief hearing at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court, prosecutor Chris Nightingale briefly outlined how he had already breached his court order three times and was previously imprisoned.

He said: “In 2015, he was subject to a sexual harm prevention order. There were breaches in 2017, another in 2019, and subsequently a further offence in November last year. He also has matters at Oxford Crown Court to attend to.”

It was not known what Balfour used the computers to search for or access, but Balfour, of Turton Street in Weymouth, pleaded guilty to breaching his sexual harm prevention order on three occasions. 

Magistrates’ chair, Louise Dutton called his breaches “serious”.

Balfour was released on conditional bail and told not to attend public libraries, not to use any device accessing the internet unless it can record browsing history, and make any devices available for inspection upon request by police.

Balfour will be sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on June 6.

Balfour is also due to be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on May 12 for a similar breach of his sexual harm prevention order at Westgate Library in Oxford, where he accessed the internet on November 11, 2021.

Balfour’s indefinite sexual harm prevention order came after prior breaches, and was previously jailed for 36 months in January 2019 after being caught by paedophile hunters in an online sting.

January 2019

Convicted paedophile caught by paedophile hunting team

An already convicted paedophile who arranged to meet a 13 year old girl following sexual grooming has been jailed

Victor Balfour, 64 years old of Westwey Road, Weymouth appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court toady where he had previously admitted:

  • – Sexual communication with a child

  • – Inciting a child into sexual activity

  • – Attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming

  • Breaching a previous sexual harm prevention order

Balfour, who was already under a sexual harm prevention order, and who was supposed to have his internet activity monitored by police contacted the online profile of who he believed belonged to a schoolgirl

Balfour sent highly sexually explicit chat with the full intent of meeting the child and engaging her into sexual activity

Balfour told the child to get on a train and travel to Weymouth so she could sleep at his house. 

The court heard was told that Balfour arrived at Weymouth train station in November of this year to greet the girl he had arranged to meet following several months of online sexual grooming.

However, he was met by members of two paedophile hunting teams called ‘UK database & ‘Protecting Pompey’s Innocent’

The teams explained who they were, and what they did before questioning Balfour on his internet activity.

Balfour initially denied he had contacted the girl. However, after the teams presented him with their evidence he fully admitted he sent sexually explicit messages to the girl

The team told a shocked Balfour that the 13 year old girl he had been speaking to was actually a decoy from the UK database.

Decoys are adult members of the team that pose online as underage girls in order to catch sexual predators that target children. The decoy was Chantii Decoy

The police were called and Balfour was arrested at the scene

Today, the judge sentenced Balfour to three years imprisonment

A sexual harm prevention order was imposed until further notice and Balfour was told that he must register as a sex offender for life

Previous offending:

During sentencing, the court was told that Balfour had a significant criminal past

In 2015, Balfour (then of Cardiff) was handed a community order after he groomed a real nine year old girl on WhatsApp.

During that investigation, the police discovered indecent images and movies of children on his mobile phone – some classed in the most serious category and of girls as young as nine

A search of the device’s internet browsing history revealed terms such as “young teens wanting sex”

In May 2018, Balfour breached his sexual harm prevention order and received a suspended sentence

May 2018

Pervert breached sexual offences prevention order

Victor Peter Balfour, also known as Victor James Balfour, aged 64, of Westwey Road, Weymouth.

Admitted without reasonable excuse, did something, namely accessed social networking sites, which he was prohibited from doing by a sexual harm prevention order.

Committed to prison for 4 months suspended for 18 months. To pay costs of £85.

Also admitted without reasonable excuse, did something, namely deleted internet history, which he was prohibited from doing by a sexual harm prevention order.

Committed to prison for 4 months concurrent suspended for 18 months. Overall length of sentence is 4 months.

December 2015

Man who had indecent images of girls as young as nine avoids prison

A “thoroughly dishonest” 62-year-old man who had indecent images of children – some in the most serious category – on his smartphone has been ordered to take part in sex offenders’ treatment programmes.

Victor James Balfour, of Penarth Road, Grangetown , Cardiff , had admitted two offences of possessing indecent images of girls as young as nine.

Police carrying out a search warrant at his home confiscated a mobile phone which was later found to include three downloaded photographs and a video in category A and a photograph in category B.

A search of the device’s internet browsing history revealed terms such as “young teens wanting sex”, prosecutor Richard Ace told Cardiff Crown Court on Monday.

Mr Ace also revealed that Balfour had told police who interviewed him the images had been sent to him via messaging service WhatsApp by a nine year old girl he was chatting to.

He claimed to police the girls in the pictures were adults and actors – and insisted he had simply forgotten to delete the images after they had been sent to him.

The court heard Balfour had a significant criminal past, although none for similar offences.

Condemning his “terrible record of convictions”, Judge Jonathan Furness QC told Balfour: “You are a thoroughly dishonest man who’s lived an unlawful lifestyle throughout your life.

“There seems to be little appreciation on your part for the harm your offending can cause.

“You are not directly abusing these girls but you are indirectly doing so and you are providing the market which creates the situation where they are abused.

“It’s a filthy, horrid crime and undoubtedly what you need is to learn that.”

Told he did not appear to understand the suffering which results from his crime, the defendant was handed a three-year community order, told to take part in the treatment programme and was made the subject of a five-year sexual harm prevention order.

He must also pay court charges totalling £960.

The order sets out a series of measures with which Balfour must comply, including compelling him to make his internet browsing history available to police on request and banning him from having unsupervised contact with children.

Meanwhile, Judge Furness imposed a similar sentence on 49-year-old Nigel Hughes, of Lynmouth Crescent, Rumney , Cardiff, who admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of boys as young as 11.

Detectives found two category A pictures, nine in category B and four in category C on a Samsung Galaxy tablet belonging to Hughes, who had no previous convictions.