Pervert is ‘on the edge’

York Crown Court

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A convicted fraudster who threatened to stab a witness has been told he is “right on the edge” of being locked up again.

Barry Dockerty, 29, was released from his last jail sentence in December after being convicted of fraud and witness intimidation, but he was soon in trouble again after sending indecent images of children.

Dockerty, from Bridlington, used his Blackberry to distribute the images but the recipient, who had no idea he was being sent the lurid photos, reported him to police.

Dockerty was hauled in by police and charged with distributing indecent material, but pestered the informer to drop the charges.

When the man refused, Dockerty sent him a text warning: “You are going to get stabbed.”

In March this year, Dockerty was spared prison and given a 12-month community punishment with 120 hours’ unpaid work after he admitted three counts of distributing indecent images.

But five months later he breached the order by missing most of his unpaid-work sessions and failing to co-operate with the Probation Service.

As a result, Dockerty, of Vernon Road, was back in the dock at York Crown Court on Friday and due to be re-sentenced for a number of offences including a £500 E-Bay fraud and witness intimidation.

Prosecuting barrister Michael Bosomworth said Dockerty had also breached an ASBO which he had been given for making silent 999 calls.

He said that in the E-Bay fraud, Dockerty and another conman had tricked someone into paying for a computer that never materialised.

Defence barrister Laura Addy said Dockerty had moved from York to the east coast because he had received threats from members of the public who knew about his crimes.

She said he had a very low IQ and felt suicidal during his previous spells behind bars.

Mr Recorder P.W Miller adjourned sentence to November 12 to give Dockerty another chance to prove he could come good on his promise to do the unpaid work.

He said: “I’m giving you a last chance but you’re right on the edge.”

Dockerty was released on bail on condition that he carried out his community work.