A DAD once convicted of molesting a family member has gone to court in a bid to live under the same roof as his young daughter.

The 44-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was in 2013 made subject to a sexual harm prevention order banning him from living in the same house as children. The order was made after he was convicted of sexual activity with a child.

Swindon Crown Court heard that since the order was made the man had started a relationship with a new partner. The couple have a young daughter.

The girl lived in her mother’s house during the week but at weekends stayed with relatives, enabling her father to stay at the family home.

He had brought an application to vary the terms of the sexual harm prevention order on the suggestion of a judge at the family court, where care proceedings aimed at re-uniting the family are currently being heard.

Barrister Tara Wolfe, acting for the man, asked for the wording of the order to be changed to allow the family court to change the rules by which her client must abide.

Judge Jason Taylor QC granted the application.