Kettering paedophile 'went into panic mode' when police checked on him

He's been back in court after refusing to let officers into his home

Friday, 12th March 2021, 8:19 am

A convicted Kettering paedophile who is "terrified" of answering the door refused to let police into his house on a routine monitoring check.

Brendan Rush, 34, was previously given a community order at Northampton Crown Court in 2017 after watching vile child abuse videos because he was "bored and lonely".

He had admitted crimes relating to 37 sick files with the court hearing he watched live streams involving young girls and had downloaded some of the videos, as well as searching for how to hide his IP address.

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Northampton Magistrates' Court.
Northampton Magistrates' Court.

As part of his sentence he was put on the register for sex offenders and told he would be subject to a five-year sexual harm prevention order. The sentence placed restrictions on his use of devices and meant he would have to present them to police whenever they wanted to check what he had been up to.

Last year, on August 18, officers attended his Windmill Avenue home as part of a routine monitoring visit - only for Rush to breach the court order by simply refusing to let them in.

On Wednesday (March 10) Northampton Magistrates' Court heard Rush didn't answer the door and his offender manager was called, with the convicted criminal telling them he wouldn't be opening it.

Prosecutor Victoria Walker said Rush's mum then let officers in - only for her son to run into the kitchen and barricade himself inside. Police soon managed to enter.

Mitigating, Bal Kalirai said: "He went into panic mode."

Police then seized and analysed what they wanted to and found no indecent images of children, the court heard.

Mr Kalirai said Rush fully accepted that he should have let police in but didn't like answering the door and is "terrified" of doing it.

He added that probation officers could see "he could do with some help".

Rush, who admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order, was sentenced to a 12-month community order with rehabilitation activities.

Chairman of the bench John Baker told him his refusal to let police in was a "fairly stupid" thing to do.

He said: "Take the help that probation are going to give you...we do not want to see you back in court again."

Rush was also told he would have to pay costs of £85 and a surcharge to fund victim services of £95.