June 2020

Dangerous Derby pervert poses serious threat to underage girls

A vile Derby paedophile wanted to sexually abuse a 12-year-old and buy her “sexy underwear”.

Peter Hamlet wanted to spend 45 hours in bed with what he thought was a pre-teen girl and sent disgusting messages over Facebook asking for intercourse.

52-year-old Hamlet asked the “girl” not to tell anyone about him and that he would be gentle with her.

But the recipient was not a young girl, but a self-styled paedophile hunter pretending to be a girl online.

Hamlet, of St Mary’s Wharf Road, Chester Green, was sentenced to six years in prison at Derby Crown Court last Tuesday.

The lengthy sentence was in part because this crime breached a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) he was subject to for previous sexual offences.

Sarah Slater, prosecuting, said: “He started to talk to her on February 16. Initially it was a fairly innocent conversation, but he moves quickly to telling her she was gorgeous.

“He would send her messages on Facebook Messenger with kisses attached to it.

“He was asking her to send photographs and if she was wearing her school uniform.

“He wished that they could go out with each other and that he wants her to be his girlfriend.”

The court heard how Hamlet said he wanted to meet up with the “girl” in Derby.

Miss Slater said: “He told her: ‘I know you are 12 but if you wanted to have sex I would. Please do not tell anyone, I could get into trouble.’”

Hamlet was previously convicted in June 2018 of a similar offence. On that occasion he was confronted by “paedophile hunters” as he got off a train intending to meet another young girl.

He was sentenced to 11 months in prison at Nottingham Crown Court and given an SHPO for 10 years for that offence.

Miss Slater said: “As a result he was prohibited from using or possessing a device capable of accessing the internet unless he informed the police.”

But Hamlet was found with a mobile phone and tablet when police searched his flat for the most recent offence.

Miss Slater continued: “He did not tell police that he had it, or that he was using it to contact what he thought was a 12-year-old girl.”

At Derby Crown Court, Hamlet pleaded guilty to arranging the commission of a child sexual offence, attempting to engage in sexual activity with a child and breaching an SHPO.

Jailing Hamlet for six years, Judge Robert Egbuna said his previous convictions left him with no doubt the defendant was dangerous and posed a serious risk of harm to girls aged 11 to 16.

He said: “On February 16 a decoy was set up of a girl purporting to be aged 12. You used an alias of Peter Doyle and straight away sent her messages of a grooming nature.

“You made it clear you wanted to have sexual intercourse with her – a 12-year-old girl.

“I have seen some of the messages you sent her.

“They include you telling her to come to Derby and stay at your house, that you would like to spend 45 hours in bed with her.

“You said you would like to be the first to go to bed with her and that you would be gentle.

“You said you would take her shopping and buy her sexy underwear.

“You were persistent, you used two Facebook profiles, you told her she should keep what you were telling her private as it would get you into trouble.

“There was a clear degree of planning and you were persistent in your approach.”

Judge Egbuna reminded Hamlet he will remain on the sex offender register for life and was still subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.