A NEWTOWN man has been handed a suspended prison sentence after he breached a court order issued last year for engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Callum Abbott was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) in August last year after admitting engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a girl, aged 14.

Abbott ‘kissed and cuddled’ the girl in Warrington and had booked a hotel room for them.

The 24-year-old, of Back Lane, Newtown, was made the subject of the SHPO, as well as a restraining order, for five years.


But on August 3 this year, in Newtown, Abbott was found in the presence of a young child.

Swansea Crown Court heard on Tuesday, August 29, that Abbott admitted breaching the SHPO, as well as a charge of resisting arrest.

Judge Huw Rees told Abbott he had shown a “great deal of arrogance” by lighting a cannabis joint in front of police officers when he was arrested.

Police were called to the Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve in Newtown at around 9.45pm on August 3.

Prosecutor Craig Jones said that Abbott was found hiding in a tent but tried to conceal his identity and gave a fake name.

He said the defendant also fled from officers before being found and arrested.

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Freddie Lewendon, representing Abbott, said his client regretted his arrogance. He said Abbott has complex mental health issues and difficulty with drugs and alcohol.

Judge Rees jailed Abbott for 20 months in total but suspended the term of imprisonment for two years.

He revoked a community order from last August and resentenced him to a two-year community order which includes attendance on the Horizon programme, 25 rehabilitation days and nine months of drug rehabilitation and monthly testing. The SHPO will remain in place.