April 2021

Judge warns paedophile he faces jail after admitting vile charges

A Billingham man has admitted child sex offences, but must wait to learn if he’ll be sent to jail.

Jordan Holroyd appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Monday where he entered guilty pleas to three charges.

They are: attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and two counts of attempting to sexually communicate with a child.

Nigel Soppitt, defending, said Holroyd, 27, indicated his guilt in the Magistrates’ Court, adding “there seems to be a number of mental health problems”.

He requested sentencing be adjourned for the preparation of a psychiatric report

Judge Stephen Ashurst said the court would benefit from the preparation of reports and set June 18 for sentence.

He told Holroyd, of Kennedy Gardens, Billingham: “Your case will be listed for sentence on Friday the 18th of June.

“You can have bail between now and then.”

The Judge added there were “no promises” over sentence and “nothing is ruled in or ruled out at the moment”.