December 2020

Dangerous paedophile working as maintenance man in family homes

A dangerous paedophile from Seacombe has been working as a maintenance man in family homes

Philip Jones made thousands of searches on internet rape sites before drugging a woman’s drink so he could sexually assault her.

The former soldier was branded a danger to women after being caught putting powder into his victim’s drink by doormen at a Wirral pub.

Jones, then 52, who also downloaded child sex abuse images, was jailed for five years, with an extended three years on licence, in 2014.

He was released from prison in April 2018 and had to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and follow a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

But the pervert ignored both his notification requirements and the SOPO by setting up a secret bank account and hiding a second mobile phone.

Liverpool Crown Court heard a sex offender manager, working for Merseyside Police, launched an investigation after receiving a tip-off about Jones.

Sarah Holt, prosecuting, said this confirmed he was using a Nationwide account and a phone which wasn’t disclosed to the police or Probation Service.

Officers raided the now 59-year-old’s new home in Poulton Road, Seacombe on November 4 this year, when he initially refused to answer the door.

However, when police started to force entry Jones appeared and two mobile phones chargers were discovered plugged in next to his bedside table.

Ms Holt said Jones was asked about this, but maintained he only had one mobile phone, which was a device police already had the number for.

She said: “During the course of the search a mobile phone was then heard ringing. The officers traced the noise to a kitchen area.

“It transpired a mobile phone was hidden beneath the back panel of one of the cupboards, attached there by string.”

The paedophile gave a no comment interview, but later admitted failing to comply with his notification requirements and breaching the SOPO.

Ms Holt said it was a serious case because of what the bank account and phone could have allowed Jones to do without the knowledge of the authorities, including work.

She said it was known Jones had been “undertaking work as a maintenance man” and added: “It appears he had been undertaking work at addresses certainly where children lived. Whether they were present or not at the time is another matter.”

Judge Stuart Driver, QC, said Jones hadn’t been charged with carrying out work at homes that he wasn’t entitled to do, but agreed with Ms Holt that the pervert had made determined attempts to keep the fact he had the account and phone from the police.

Jones, formerly of Trafalgar Road, Birkenhead, has previous convictions for wounding and buggery.

He became a HGV driver after leaving the Army, before targeting a 24-year-old woman at The Tap, in Charing Cross, Birkenhead, in February 2013.

Jones was seen to drop a date rape drug in her lager by a customer who alerted a doorman, who knocked the drink over, pretending it was an accident.

Prosecutors said the woman was “incredulous” that Jones had tried to drug her and replied “you’re having a laugh”, before spotting powder in the bottom of the glass.

CCTV footage showed Jones spiking her drink and tests found he had used nitrazapam, which is prescribed for insomnia and is related to the date rape drug Rohypnol.

Jones claimed he had put crushed-up painkillers in her drink as she had been complaining of back ache, but couldn’t explain why he did it without her knowledge.

When his computer was seized and examined, 183 indecent images of children were found, along with extreme porn.

The predator had searching the internet using the term “date rape” on 52 occasions and visited a rape site 23,500 times.

He admitted administering noxious substances for the purpose of facilitating sexual activity and 15 offences involving downloading and possessing indecent images and extreme porn.

Judge Driver said Jones made a “determined attempt to avoid detection” of the bank account and had “carefully hidden” the mobile phone, the latter of which was “a very serious breach”.

The judge jailed Jones for 20 months and imposed a new Sexual Harm Prevention Order – an updated version of the SOPO – which along with signing on the Sex Offenders Register he must now comply with for life.

June 2014

Pervert who dropped date rape drug into woman’s drink & also had child abuse images is jailed

A former soldier who drugged a woman’s drink so he could sexually assault her had made thousands of searches on internet rape sites.

Philip Jones, 52, was branded a danger to women after being caught putting powder into his victim’s drink by security staff at a Wirral pub.

Liverpool Crown Court heard how Jones, who became an HGV driver after leaving the Army, was with his 24-year-old victim at The Tap, in Charing Cross, Birkenhead , in February last year,  when he was seen dropping a date rape drug in her lager.

A customer alerted the doorman who then knocked the drink over, pretending it was an accident.

Michael Stephenson, prosecuting, said the woman was “incredulous” that he had tried to drug her and replied: “You’re having a laugh”.

But she then saw powder in the bottom of her glass.

When police checked CCTV, Jones, of Trafalgar Road, Birkenhead, could be seen dropping the drug in her drink.

Tests found she had been poisoned with nitrazapam, which is prescribed for insomnia and is related to the date rape drug Rohypnol. Jones was arrested and he claimed he had put some crushed-up pain killers in her drink as she had been complaining of back ache but could not explain why he had done it without her knowledge.

When his computer was seized and examined, 183 indecent child abuse images were found including “extreme porn” images.

It was also found that he had been searching internet sites including “date rape” on 52 occasions and a rape site on 23,500 occasions.  He pleaded guilty to administering noxious substances for the purpose of facilitating sexual activity and 15 offences involving possessing and making indecent images.

Jones has previous convictions for wounding and a serious sexual offence.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, said he remained a danger to women and jailed him for five years plus an extended licence of three years.