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sleaze at it again Pervert pair back in court on more charges of targeting children... just like we warned

Locals are concerned as to how a prolific sex offender with more than 100 convictions is consistently being released back to live in the area of his offending

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Thomas McDonagh sent kids into a panic

Thomas McDonagh sent kids into a panic

Thomas McDonagh sent kids into a panic

These are the two perverts the Sunday World warned would strike again - and they've done exactly that.

Both have appeared in court accused of new offences.

In the first case, a school principal had to call the cops on twisted pervert Thomas Bernard McDonagh after he sent kids into a "panic", a court heard.

McDonagh (49), who also goes by the name Brian Joseph McDonagh, of Sydney Lane, Aughnacloy, admitted breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) on multiple occasions including in a hospital and near a playgroup.

He has a shocking criminal record for sex crimes with more than 100 convictions including assaulting a schoolgirl at a bus stop and another for masturbating in the bushes while watching kids in a playpark.

As reported in this paper, the people of Aughnacloy are fed up with his antics and they are now becoming increasingly concerned as to how a prolific sex offender is consistently being released back to live in the area of his offending, and loitering around schools.

McDonagh was recently arrested for breaching the order three times over January 13 and 14. A police officer told Dungannon Magistrates Court that a primary school principal reported a suspicious male hanging around the school gates as children were leaving for the day.

On viewing CCTV footage police identified McDonagh, whom another member of staff also reported seeing in the school yard, causing a number of children to panic.

While police were at the school, officers observed him standing outside the gates, where he was arrested.

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Alan Hamilton is behind bars

Alan Hamilton is behind bars

Alan Hamilton is behind bars

 

Meanwhile, a predatory sex offender who exposed himself to girls in a playpark has been jailed.

However, due to time spent on remand, Alan Hamilton (61), of Drumcoo Green, Dungannon, will be freed in the near future.

Offending occurred in a playpark close to Hamilton's home "in broad daylight" around noon on October 21, 2020.

Hamilton appeared for sentencing at Dungannon Crown Court by video link from Maghaberry Prison having been remanded in custody since his arrest.

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During a previous unsuccessful bail application the defence argued Hamilton could be released to his "settled address where he has lived for many years", although conceded this was in close proximity to the incident.

The eldest child, aged 12, was standing in the park while the two younger girls, aged 11 and nine, played on the swings.

Hamilton walked past the 12-year-old toward the swings and asked the younger girls if they wanted to see his genitals, then unzipped his trousers and exposed himself.

The children were terrified and fled to their older friend and then approached a woman explaining what happened and police were called.

CCTV of the area was checked and officers recognised Hamilton.

He was arrested at his home within 90 minutes of the incident, replying "not guilty" after caution for exposure.

A prosecution lawyer said the matter was aggravated by "previous relevant and recent convictions; the deliberate approach to the young victims and the location of offending at swings in a playpark".

Referring to a pre-sentence report, Judge Peter Irvine QC noted: "It's absolutely clear the defendant expresses no remorse or contrition whatsoever."

Judge Irvine told Hamilton: "There is a highly relevant record in relation to sexual offences, particularly involving young persons.

"You deliberately approached these three young victims with the total audacity of doing so in broad daylight and in a playpark. You are clearly an individual who is prepared to prey on vulnerable, innocent children in order to fulfil your own sexual gratification.

"The breach of the SOPO is a further example of your predatory, sexual deviancy directed towards children. Within two months of the imposition of that SOPO you breached it in the most fundamental and outlandish manner... it was also in very close proximity to the victims."

All three children were left upset and distressed by the incident and for a time their school work was impacted. The youngest child was particularly affected by nightmares and lost trust in people.

Judge Irvine added: "Despite your plea, you are in total denial around these offences."

Hamilton was sentenced to a combined total of two years and seven months, with half spent in custody and half on licence.

A fresh SOPO was imposed which will run for 10 years.

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