August 2021

Elusive paedophile and prolific menace Andrew Opie finally in prison

A paedophile and prolific nuisance is finally in custody after turning up for court at the fifth time of asking.

Last week how Andrew Opie failed to turn up for court to be sentenced twice last week, making it four times overall.

On Wednesday, Judge Robert Linford ordered Opie take a PCR test after he informed the court he had Covid symptoms on the morning he was meant to learn his fate.

On Friday the case was listed again but Opie again failed to attend Truro Crown Court saying he hadn’t received his results through.

Judge Robert Linford said he was sceptical of the claims and ruled that if Opie didn’t produce a positive test result he must attend court on Monday.

On Monday the court was told that Opie had tested negative but he was having trouble arranging a lift to Truro. However, two hours after the case was due to be heard he eventually appeared.

Due to time constraints involving an ongoing trial Judge Simon Carr said he didn’t have time to sentence Opie, but due to fears he won’t turn up again remanded him into custody. The sentencing hearing will take place either on Friday or Tuesday next week depending on barrister availability. Opie will remain in HMP Exeter until then.

Opie, 31, of no fixed abode, had previously appeared at Truro Crown Court and pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child.

The offences took place in Falmouth in 2018 and 2019.

August 2021

Paedophile due in court tells judge he has Covid symptoms

A paedophile has been ordered by a judge to take a Covid test immediately after he informed the court of symptoms on sentencing day.

Andrew Opie, 31, has had two previous hearings adjourned after making similar claims.

Opie, of no fixed abode, had previously appeared at Truro Crown Court and pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child.

The offences took place in Falmouth in 2018 and 2019.

After hearing that Opie’s partner contacted the court on Monday morning, hours before sentencing was due, Judge Robert Linford said he was “slightly sceptical” about the claims

He then ordered Opie to take a PCR test, saying if it is positive the case will be adjourned for an appropriate amount of time, and if it’s negative Opie must appear and learn his fate on Wednesday.