May 2019

Sex offender set up Plenty of Fish profiles to send paedophiles to woman’s home

A convicted paedophile who set up dozens of fake dating profiles to lure paedophiles to a woman’s home has been jailed for eight years.

Stuart Callum Westwood, 46, posed as the woman on Plenty of Fish making up sickening sexual fantasies involving the mother and her child.

He also told co-workers she was into swinging and encouraged them to contact her for sex, Preston Crown Court heard.

Judge Robert Altham, sentencing, said Westwood was ‘a dangerous offender with a febrile, sexual, perverted imagination’. He also said he feared for Westwood’s current partner, who says she is standing by him – despite having children of her own.

Between September 2017 and October 2018, the shipyard worker used pictures of the woman in her wedding dress and family photos from Disneyland to send men to her door at all hours of the day and night.

At least 10 people turned up at her house believing they had been invited to engage in sex acts with the woman and her young child.

In a victim statement the woman said she was an emotional wreck, adding: ‘I feel like my life isn’t my own. I feel like I am being watched.’ She installed CCTV and became obsessive about checking it and had to get her parents to stay with her for her safety.

Paul Evans, prosecuting, said: ‘It is difficult to conceive of a scenario that could have been more troubling for a mother living generally alone with her small child, than the prospect of sex offenders literally knocking on her door.’

One man was seen performing a sex act as he approached the front door at 7am. Another became angry and abusive when the woman’s father tried to send him away. She said: ‘I want the world to know none of the online profiles were me, none of the disgusting words were mine.’

She added: ‘Every part of my life fell apart; my work, social life and my home life. ‘I no longer post events about my life. I feel socially isolated, afraid to go out in public and afraid to interact online.’

Judge Altham said: ‘The effort and thought that has gone into this course of harassment is chilling.’

At one point, the woman wrongly suspected her ex husband was her secret stalker and turned to Westwood for support. Westwood was only stopped when one man was so disturbed by his twisted propositions he handed his Plenty of Fish profile over to the police for them to reel him in.

Westwood was arrested at his house in Andover Street, coming out of the bathroom with a mobile phone described by the prosecution as ‘a smoking gun’.

As officers burst through the door of Westwood’s home he was in the process of sending the woman’s postcode to an undercover officer, believing he was setting up another paedophile.

He denied he was the woman’s stalker despite having the evidence in his hand and in a pre-sentence report, maintained his innocence – despite being found guilty by a jury. In 2013 he was jailed for possessing extreme porngraphy and indecent images and publishing sick fantasies about a former partner, her child and her family pet.

Judge Altham said: ‘This is a man with little idea about the border between fantasy and reality. ‘He poses a real risk to any partners or children and that risk is obvious and serious.’

He jailed Westwood for eight years with a two year extended licence and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

October 2013

Barrow man who looked at child abuse images avoids prison

A pervert who downloaded more than 160 indecent photographs and videos of children and people performing sex acts on live animals has avoided a jail sentence.

Stuart Westwood was given a 10-month prison term suspended for two years when he appeared at Preston Crown Court on Friday.

He has been put on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

The 40-year-old pleaded guilty last month to downloading child abuse images of young boys and girls. He also admitted storing hundreds of pictures and video footage of people performing sex acts on live animals including dogs, horses, a goat, a monkey, a pig and an eel.

Westwood, of Andover Street, Barrow, was charged with a total of 13 counts, including possessing 18 “level four” indecent images of children, publishing two “obscene articles” during internet text chats, and possessing 144 extreme pornographic images of animals.

Police seized a computer, laptop, external hard drive and memory stick from Westwood’s home address in July.

The charges date back to April 17 2009, with the most recent offences taking place on July 26.

Children in the explicit images were aged between five and 15.

When Westwood appeared at Funress Magistrates’ Court on September 19, Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, told the court: “This is a very serious matter as level four images are the most extreme. The case relates to incidents over many years.”

September 2013

Pervert faces prison sentence

A perevrt who downloaded more than 160 indecent photographs and videos of children as young as five over a period of four years faces jail.

Stuart Westwood, 40, of Andover Street, Barrow, pleaded guilty to downloading child abuse imges of young boys and girls at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He also admitted storing hundreds of pictures and video footage of people performing sex acts on live animals including dogs, horses, a goat, a monkey, a pig and an eel.

He was charged with a total of 13 counts, including possessing 18 “level four” indecent images of children, publishing two “obscene articles” during internet text chats, and possessing 144 extreme pornographic images of animals.

Westwood spoke only to confirm his name and address, and to plead guilty to all charges at yesterday’s hearing. Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, told the court: “This is a very serious matter as level four images are the most extreme.

“The case relates to incidents over many years.”

Police seized a computer, laptop, external hard drive and memory stick from Mr Westwood’s home address in July.

The charges date back to April 17 2009, with the most recent offences taking place on July 26 2013.

Children in the explicit images were aged between five and 15.

Magistrates committed Mr Westwood to sentence at Preston Crown Court on October 11 as they believed their sentencing powers were limited.

A pre-sentence report was ordered for the Crown Court judge.

Chairman of magistrates, Bob Fletcher, said: “These charges against you will now be heard at the Crown Court because of their seriousness.”

Mr Westwood was granted conditional bail until October 11 and is forbidden from unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16 unless it unavoidable and cannot visit the Isle of Man without informing investigating officers.