Woman, 77, failed to comply wish Sex Offenders’ Act legislation

Court news
Court news

A 77-year-old woman on the Sex Offenders’ Register from an offence in the 1980s, went to the wrong police station for her annual report and then failed to go to the right one, a court has been told.

Donna Smith of Waterloo Road, Mablethorpe, admitted failing to comply with the Sex Offenders’ Act legislation when she appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that she had been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register in 2010 because of her conviction for offences in the 1980s and that she was required to report to the police once a year at a designated police station.

It was said that on May 15 she went to Mablethorpe police station to report but was told that it was not a designated police station and that she would have to go to Louth or Skegness, but she failed to do so because, she later told her offender manager, she had no transport.

Mitigating, Nicholas Alderson said that no allegations had been made against her since the offences for which she was convicted 35 years ago.

“She was clearly aware of what was required of her and did attend a police station in the required time, but Mablethorpe is not a designated one,” he said.

He told the magistrates that her whereabouts and everything about her was known to the authorities and she was ‘not a risk to anyone’.

“She has health problems but she can get to one of the designated police stations if a friend will drive her,” he said.

The magistrates imposed a two year conditional discharge and ordered her to pay £280 in costs and charges.