Dangerous paedo avoids extra jail time
A dangerous paedophile, who was chased out of Ireland, ranted in court after his computer, cameras and mobile phone were forfeited.
Anthony Luckwill was also angry that his plans to set up a new home in Fife have been ruined. He says he will have to sell his flat in Inverkeithing after media exposure of his criminal past.
Luckwill (44) moved Scotland after his accommodation in Dublin was burned down following Irish press coverage of his predatory offending.
His parents bought him a flat at The Maltings, Inverkeithing, but he soon ended up behind bars after breaching his Sex Offences Prevention Order.
In September, Luckwill was jailed for ten months at Dunfermline Sheriff Court for a second breach of the order when he was found with a computer.
He has now returned to court to be sentenced for his first breach of the order, committed just days after he arrived in Scotland.
He claimed he thought the SOPO did not apply in Scotland and was found in possession of banned devices, including a laptop.
Luckwill admitted breaching the terms of the SOPO imposed at Mold Crown Court, Wales, by having ownership and possession of a lap-top computer, two cameras and a mobile phone at an Inverkeithing hotel on 4th June.
Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said that when police found the items in his hotel, Luckwill “became angry and said the order was a severe restriction of his civil liberties.”
It is expected that an application for new SOPO will be made before Luckwill is released from jail.
Defence solicitor Elaine Buist said, “He was of the view that the order did not cover Scotland. He had come from Ireland where the order did not apply.
“It’s fair to say that in Ireland he was hounded by the press and it had resulted in a house fire. He had moved to Scotland in the hope of moving on with his life.
“Unfortunately that has not happened. As a result of his court appearances he’s received wide coverage in the press here. His parents purchased the property for him but he’s of the view that it will probably have to be sold.”
The paedophile, branded “a grave risk to society” by an Irish judge, has a long history of convictions.
When Sheriff Alison McKay granted a Crown motion for forfeiture of items seized by police Luckwill became agitated in the dock.
He complained, “That means I won’t have a computer. I can’t afford to buy another one.”
However, Luckwill will not have to serve any extra jail time. Sheriff McKay imposed a three-month sentence but it will run concurrently with his current term.