Man ad­mits sex­ual of­fence

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

A PER­VERT who sparked a five-hour rooftop stand-off with po­lice has ad­mit­ted two charges of try­ing to meet an un­der-age girl for sex.

The con­fronta­tion be­tween Paul Far­rell and a group of pae­dophile hun­ters was livestreamed onto Face­book af­ter he climbed on the roof of a prop­erty in Ripon Street in Hal­i­fax in June.

The footage cap­tured Far­rell, 30, ex­chang­ing in­sults with peo­ple in the street be­low and he al­legedly hurled tiles off the roof as po­lice of­fi­cers urged the group to stop film­ing.

Po­lice set up a cor­don around the scene and ne­go­tia­tors at­tended the in­ci­dent along with am­bu­lance and fire crews.

At an ear­lier hear­ing at Brad­ford Crown Court Far­rell, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to dam­ag­ing roof tiles at the house, but he de­nied the sex­ual of­fences.

His case was due to be tried at the crown court yes­ter­day, but when he was brought into the dock from cus­tody Far­rell pleaded guilty to two of­fences of at­tempt­ing to meet a girl un­der 16 af­ter sex­ual groom­ing.

The court heard that Far­rell will have spent about six months in cus­tody by the time he is sen­tenced at the end of this month and the Recorder of Brad­ford Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC sug­gested that he could con­sider a lengthy com­mu­nity or­der or a sus­pended sen­tence or­der af­ter a re­port on Far­rell has been pre­pared by the pro­ba­tion ser­vice.

Far­rell was re­manded back into cus­tody un­til his sen­tence hear­ing on Novem­ber 28.

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