A paedophile has had his sentencing postponed so that he can go on holiday to the Lake District with his family. Kristopher Cook was due to be sentenced last week for the crime of attempting ‘penetrative sexual activity’ with a child, but the Judge decided that he should be able to go on holiday and enjoy himself with his family before any possible jail tine. Cook will now be sentenced a week later for his sexual offense in a move dubbed a 'joke' by many online. Paedophile hunter group Dark Justice said: "What sort of message does that send out to victims? He’s been told to go and enjoy himself, when any potential victims may have had their lives ruined. He has committed a crime so he should be punished, not told to go on holiday."
Cook is understood to be from South Shields, and he plead guilty to the charge of attempting to engage a child under 16 in sexual activity at an earlier hearing on March 14. The 24 year old had been warned he faced jail time by Judge Amanda Rippon, but she then agreed to the defence’s request of a delay for the holiday which was apparently already booked and paid for. Dark Justice pointed out that: "It shouldn’t matter if it was pre-booked. If he’s committed a crime, that should be more important than if he’s got a holiday booked." It is thought Cook, of South Shields, South Tyneside, chatted online with an adult posing as an underage girl who then informed police. He admitted attempting to engage a child in sexual activity at Newcastle crown court, which has a 14-year maximum term.
A psychiatric report is due to be carried out after the court heard that an unshaven and dishevelled Cook suffered from "a number of educational and emotional difficulties". Ordering an all options report, Judge Rippon told him: "I’m releasing you on unconditional bail so you are free to go on that holiday with your family. It is possible you may be looking at a jail sentence."