September 2022

Sex offender breached his restraining order 

A convicted sex offender has breached his restraining order to allow boys to smoke cannabis and cigarettes in his flat

Derek Clayton of Unsworth Way, Oldham, was handed a two-year suspended sentence at Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday, September 12, for 12 offences that breached a restraining order imposed on him in 2002.

The court heard that over a period of two weeks from May 14 to May 29, the 76-year-old had three boys under the age of 18 in his flat, including one that was just 12, and permitted them to smoke cannabis and cigarettes.

The police were alerted, and Clayton was arrested by GMPs Oldham Complex Safeguarding Team and charged with 12 breaches of his restraining order on July 15.

Addressing Clayton at the sentencing, Judge Mark Savill said: You are 76 years of age and to be sentenced by me for 12 offences that breached a restraining order imposed on you in 2002.

Over a lengthy period of time from the 70s, 80s, 90s and culminating in 2002, you were convicted of a number of sexual offences against young males.

“In 2002 you were made the subject of a restraining order indefinitely to which you have fell foul of and are to be sentenced for today.

In mitigation, defence barrister Robert Stewart called for Judge Savill to consider Claytons age, mobility, and ill health when imposing a sentence.

Judge Savill acknowledged the points in mitigation and noted that Clayton had not committed any sexual offences for at least 20 years.

Clayton was handed a suspended sentence of two years, an indefinite restraining order and ordered him to complete a 30-day rehabilitation requirement and 31 days of the Horizon programme.