Sex offender jailed after being found in Louth

Court news.
Court news.

A sex offender who failed to give the authorities an address after he was released from jail has been sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Marcus Fraser Bird, 43, was found in Louth after Lincolnshire Police circulated him as wanted following his release from prison in March.

Lincoln Crown Court was told Bird had been jailed on several occasions for failing to tell the authorities where he was living after he was convicted for exposure in 2011.

Steve Taylor, prosecuting, said Bird was only given a community order for the original offence of exposure but he subsequently received longer and longer prison sentences as he failed to co-operate with the authorities.

The court heard Bird was released from jail on March 13 but failed to notify the authorities of an address within the permitted three day period.

Mr Taylor told the court Bird was circulated as wanted and found on March 18 in Louth where he had gone to try and visit his children.

Mark Knowles, mitigating, said Bird knew he was his own worst enemy. “He needs to move to a different area and sort himself out,” Mr Knowles added.

Mr Knowles told the court Bird would live rough after being released from jail and therefore could not give the authorities an address.

Bird, of no fixed address, admitted a single charge of failing to comply with a Sex Offenders notification.

Passing sentence Recorder Gareth Evans QC told Bird if he did not comply the prison sentences would get longer and longer until he reached the maximum of five years.

Recorder Evans said: “The requirement for you to notify the authorities of your address is for a reason.

“They are to protect people from you and to protect you from temptation.”