July 2006


A MAN who admitted sex offences involving two Barrow boys will be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

Philip Lockett had been monitored by police for 10 years before being arrested.

The 39-year-old has also been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for the rest of his life.

He was made the subject of an hospital order by a judge at Preston Crown Court who said he had a history of behaving inappropriately towards young boys.

He had approached two 11-year-old boys, in separate incidents, at Barrow and asked them to urinate for him.

He later pleaded guilty to two charges of inciting a boy to engage in sexual activity.

Miss Rachael Woods, prosecuting, said it was June last year that the sexual offences occurred.

One of the children was playing with a friend when the defendant approached and asked him if he wanted to urinate.

The defendant went on to show him his underwear.

That same month, another boy was approached by Lockett on a Barrow street.

Again, the defendant asked the youngster to urinate, in return for money.

He also refused and was able to give a good description of the man. On both occasions, Lockett had been wearing a cap with ratboy written on the front — which had apparently been his nickname some time ago.

When questioned by police, he alleged the complaints were fabrications.

But the boys picked him out on identity parades.

Passing sentence, Judge Christopher Cornwall said that over the past 10 years or so, police had been gathering information on Lockett, as a result of reports made to them about his conduct.

Defence barrister Mr Mark Kellet said “All the doctors’ reports make it clear that he suffers from very extreme difficulties in terms of psychological disorders.”

Mr Kellet asked the court to make a hospital order alone, arguing that a restriction order was not necessary.

Judge Cornwall told Lockett: “I take the view the risk of a boy suffering serious harm, as a result of an approach by you, is such that it is necessary to make a restriction order.”

The judge also directed that Lockett would be on the Sex Offenders Register for the rest of his life.

He will also be subject to a sex offences prevention order, barring him from living within a thousand metres of any school, college, kindergarten or nursery.

In addition, he must not have unsupervised contact with a child under 16.