Sex offender who said he lived at bus stop remanded in custody

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A homeless man, once jailed for looking at child abuse images in Central Library, has been remanded in custody charged with disorderly behaviour.

A police constable told Belfast Magistrates Court she believed she could connect 43-year-old John George Kennedy Reid to the charge, adding that with 140 previous criminal convictions – including 11 for similar offences – police were objecting to bail on the grounds that he would reoffend and did not have a suitable address.

The disorderly behaviour offence was said to have taken place on High Street in Belfast on Friday.

His solicitor submitted that previous courts had accepted his address, given as the bus stop beside the Europa Hotel on Glengall Street, and that he “wished to apologise” to the court for his behaviour which he cannot remember because he was so drunk.

Back in 2011, after he had been extradited from Gibraltar, Reid was jailed for a year and had a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order imposed on him after he admitted using computers at Belfast Central Library on two consecutive days in June 2008 to look at images and videos of children being abused.

It was the second time Reid had used a public computer to look at indecent images of children after he used a Queen’s University library computer in 2006.

Today, district judge George Conner said that there was “too high a risk” of him reoffending so he was remanding him into custody to appear again on Thursday May 1 by videolink.