July 2019

Sex offender turned up at single mum’s home expecting to be allowed to abuse her child

A sex offender turned up at a single mum’s home in Barrow expecting to be allowed to abuse her child, a court heard.

Matthew Roy, 61, has been jailed for three and a half years after falling for a sick and twisted sex plot by Stuart Callum Westwood, 46, which saw a string of perverts sent to the woman’s front door.

Westwood, a former BAE worker, was jailed for eight years in May after setting up dozens of fake profiles on dating apps including Plenty of Fish and Illicit Encounters.

Posing as the woman he invited strangers to her home to participate in sexual acts with the woman and her young son.

Stuart Callum Westwood was sentence to eight years in May for his part

Roy, of Whitehouse Loan, Gorebridge, Scotland previously worked for the police and the ambulance service, was one of the men lured in by Westwood.

Believing he was talking to the woman, quickly moved the conversation to WhatsApp where he made sordid suggestions of sex acts he wanted to perform on the woman and with her young son.

The woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was so frightened by the men turning up at her door that she installed CCTV and went to live with her parents for safety. On July 30 2018 she was monitoring the camera on her iPad when she saw Roy walk up to her door.

She immediately called the police and Roy was arrested.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to incite an adult to engage in sexual activity with a child at Preston Crown Court.

Judge Robert Altham, sentencing, said: “It is important to understand the gravity of what it was you were attempting to cause.

“On that day you had a mobile phone in your hand.

“The boy’s mother knew why you were there. She knew not because she had any collusion but because of what others had done before by turning up at the house.

“It is absolutely clear from the chat logs that you were pushing the conversation along. You were initiating conversations.

“It is plain you turned up there expecting the boy to be there and expecting him to be abused.”

The judge accepted Roy was not in good health although he said he had not seen any medical evidence to support his claims he had suffered mental health problems since attending as a first responder at the scene of the Lockerbie air disaster.

He said Roy was one of ten men to have turned up at the woman’s house.

The judge added: “The pre sentence reports shows an extraordinary career in public service and it is a tragedy that such a career ends like this.”

Roy will be on the sex offenders register indefinitely and will be referred to the Disclosure and Barring Service which protects children and vulnerable adults.