September 2020

Pensioner, 77, admits abducting child and breaching sex offender order

A pensioner has admitted abducting a child and breaching a sex offender order before the commencement of his trial.

The trial of Brian Willis was due to begin on Tuesday morning at Teesside Crown Court.

But a jury was not required and the proceedings were scrapped today after the 77-year-old pleaded guilty to the two charges he faced.

Willis admitted taking a child under 16 and removing the child from an adult’s lawful control.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of breaching a sexual offences prevention order – which was made in 2009 – by being in the company of a child.

Willis, of Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, was originally due begin the two-day trial in April, but that was pushed back to this month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He initially denied the offences, which were carried out on October 19, last year.

Willis appeared at court today via video link from HMP Durham.

Judge Howard Crowson told Willis he would next appear at the court on Monday, November 9, when he will be sentenced.

He was remanded in custody until that date.

No details of the offences he carried out were divulged in court.