Sex offender failed to tell of move
A CONVICTED sex offender is today behind bars after failing to tell police he had moved home.Stuart Wood, 29, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court charged with failing to notify police of his address as he was required to do under the Sex Offenders Act.
A CONVICTED sex offender is today behind bars after failing to tell police he had moved home.
Stuart Wood, 29, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court charged with failing to notify police of his address as he was required to do under the Sex Offenders Act.
The court was told that Wood had been ordered to notify police of any change of address since his conviction in 1997 for sexual offences.
He had been living in Peterhouse Close, Ipswich since 2002.
Prosecutor Peter Gair said that sometime before October 10 he had left the flat but this was only discovered when there was a fire at the flat and police and fire crews discovered no one was living there.
Wood was next seen by police on November 14 when they were called to a property in Bramford Road on another matter and discovered him there.
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He told police he was of no fixed abode and was charged with failing to comply with the Notification Order.
Wood pleaded guilty and in mitigation Guy Ayers said: "He failed to notify when he became of no fixed abode. It is rather difficult to tell someone your new address when you don't have one."
Sentencing Wood, Judge Alistair Darroch said: "You know you have to register and you know why you have to register. For this there will be a prison sentence of four months."