A CHILD sex offender has been brought back before magistrates — after he bought a Kindle and failed to tell police.

David Thorne, 72, of Main Road, Havenstreet, admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order when he appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

The order was put in place after he was convicted of making indecent photographs of children two years ago. He was given a suspended sentence and placed on the sex offenders' register for ten years.

The sexual harm prevention order included a requirement that Thorne declare any electronic device that could be used to access the internet.

Prosecutor Ann Smout said: "Police will make occasional random visits to Mr Thorne's property to check he is adhering to the order.

"When police visited the property on November 27, he showed them a Kindle he had been using that the police were not aware of.

"While his details were registered on the device, he said he had bought it for an elderly neighbour.

"There is no evidence it was used for anything nefarious."

Thorne, who defended himself, said: "I bought the kindle for my neighbour. She needed a device to look at her CCTV and do her shopping.

"When the police came round, I didn't think there was any problem with it. I wasn't planning on keeping it."

Magistrates fined Thorne £146. He was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a surcharge of £90.

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