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Suspended sentence for North Wootton man who breached sexual offences prevention order




A jail term is hanging over a North Wootton man for two years after he breached a sexual offences prevention order by using Snapchat.

Robert Matthew Jermany installed and used the instant messaging app before deleting it to try and cover his tracks.

Lynn Magistrates' Court was told that knowingly deleted his internet activity was prohibited by the order made at Norwich Crown Court six years ago.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (39098373)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (39098373)

Prosecutor Denise Holland told the bench on Thursday that Jermany had initially denied using Snapchat but later admitted it when presented with evidence.

"The Crown would say this was a deliberate breach," added Mrs Holland.

Jermany, of Hugh Close, had admitted the breach at a hearing last month.

Mitigating, solicitor Charlotte Winchester said: "He's told me that he set up a Tinder profile to try and find a partner and this was agreed with his (Probation) officer.

"He was matched with a woman who was over 18. She put a great deal of pressure on him to get Snapchat."

Miss Winchester, who described Jermany as a "very immature" 26-year-old and "quite vulnerable", said he initially refused to get the app but later agreed and used it.

"He did delete it to try and disguise the trail," she added.

The bench heard a good reference from the defendant's pig farm employer.

Jermany was given four months' custody, suspended for two years. He must partake in a Horizon sexual offender programme and complete ten rehabilitation activity requirement days.

He was ordered to pay £145 costs and £128 victim surcharge.



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