A HEREFORDSHIRE sex offender has been in court for staying at an address in Hereford where a child lives without telling the police.

Brian Halpin, 80, was put on the sex offenders register after he was convicted of a sexual offence.

But he failed to comply with it when he spent at least 12 hours in Hereford at a household which had a child under 18, prosecutor Thomas Wickstead told Hereford Magistrates Court.

He stayed at the home on April 18, later appearing in court on June 5.


The register restricts him to being at an address for only 12 hours or less if people under 18 are present.

Under the terms of the register, police must also be notified if he stays at a house where a youngster is present.

Halpin, represented at the hearing by defence solicitor Matthew Lewis, admitted a breach of the terms and pleaded guilty to one count of failing to comply with notification requirements of the sex offenders register.

He was remanded on unconditional bail to appear in court again in July. He must not allow any children to reside at his home address, in Much Birch, or reside at any other addresses where under 18s stay.