November 2011

Paedophile’s trips breached order

A CONVICTED paedophile who brought a boy home from West Africa and sexually abused him has appeared in court after he travelled back to the country without telling police.

Melvyn Speaks was convicted of child sex offences in 2007 and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

The 64-year-old, of Balcary Grove, in Bolton, was jailed for three years for sexually abusing two boys over a 17- year period.

In 1969, Speaks, who was then in his early 20s, travelled to Senegal where he befriended a family and offered to bring their young son back to England for a better education.

But Speaks sexually abused the boy and 16 years later, in 1985, he befriended a nine-year-old boy who he also abused.

A condition of his release from prison was to inform the police of any change of address and notify them seven days before leaving the country.

But in August this year, Speaks moved house and went on two holidays — one to Spain and one to West Africa — without telling police.

Speaks had earlier appeared at Bolton Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty to the three charges of breaching the Sex Offenders Register.

The court heard that on August 19, he sold his house, moved in with his elderly mother and travelled to Majorca on a family holiday.

Police discovered his empty house and arrested Speaks at Manchester Airport on August 25.

Speaks told the arresting officers of his plans to travel to Senegal the next day, and was taken to Bolton Police Station, but failed to give police sufficient notice and flew to West Africa on August 27.

He claimed the holidays were last-minute decisions and that the police station was shut when he tried to tell officers.

At Bolton Crown Court, Judge Guy Mathieson sentenced Speaks to six months in jail, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work.