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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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Barrow sex offender handed curfew over breach

A BARROW sex offender who failed to tell police when he moved home has avoided a jail term.

Kenneth Cardy-Neil informed the local council and the probation service of his move, but not Cumbria police.

That meant he had committed an offence by not notifying police of a change of address within a three day period.

The 51-year-old was sentenced to a three month curfew, from 7pm-7am each night.

He had pleaded guilty to failing to comply with notification requirements. The offence put him in breach of a suspended sentence.

Mr Andrew Scott, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said Cardy-Neil had notified police of a change of address, following his release from prison in April 2012.

The defendant was on the sex offenders register in relation to two offences of sexual assault. In July last year he was cautioned for failing to make a periodic notification.

Then in October last year, offender managers from Cumbria police visited his home in Egerton Court, Barrow.

However, when some officers returned for a further visit in January, there was no reply and the address looked empty.

Inquiries showed Cardy-Neil had registered a change of address with the local council and the probation service.

It was discovered he was living in Low White Close, Barrow.

He later told police he had moved out from his previous property because he was struggling to pay the rent.

Mr Richard Bennett, defending, said that no real harm had been done by what he called a “negligent oversight”.

He said: “He now knows full well what his requirements are.”

Sentencing, judge Jacqueline Beech told Cardy-Neil: “I don’t agree this was a negligent disregard. I am giving you another chance.

“You have been otherwise complying with the suspended sentence order and didn’t disappear off the radar.”

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