A REDRUTH man who pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual harm prevention order has been jailed by a court in Cornwall. 

Declan Wilson, aged 25, of no fixed abode, appeared at Truro Crown Court sitting at Truro Magistrates' Court on Thursday, August 31 on one count of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

The offence took place on May 16, 2023, in Camborne where Wilson was, without reasonable excuse, in the company of an underage teenage girl which he was prohibited from doing by a sexual harm prevention order. 

Wilson originally pleaded not guilty to the charge but then later changed his plea to guilty. 

During his sentencing, Wilson was sentenced to 16 months in prison. 

According to the Sentencing Council, breaches of sexual harm prevention orders can carry a maximum sentence of five years' custody, with offences ranging between a fine and prison time. 

Aggravating factors in these cases can include whether the breach was committed immediately or shortly after the order has been made, whether the breach involved a further offence, or whether the breach targets a particular individual that the order was made to protect. 

Factors that could reflect personal mitigation in offences such as these include whether the breach was committed after a long period of compliance, the offender's age and or lack of maturity, and a prompt voluntary surrender or admission of the breach.