April 2017

Kidsgrove rapist, 66, fined after taking too long to notify police of whereabouts

Sex offender Arthur Hughes has been fined after he was late notifying the police of his whereabouts.

The 66-year-old was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life after he was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court in 1990 of serious sexual offences including rape and sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

But North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard Hughes, of Victoria Avenue, Kidsgrove, was three days late attending the police station to complete his annual notification.

Prosecutor Omar Majid said: “He has to annually notify the police of his circumstances and details. In 2015 he notified on November 11. But in 2016 he notified on November 14. He was three days late in terms of his notification in 2016.”

In his police interview, the defendant said he had made a mistake. He believed he was early but accepted he had got it wrong.

Hughes pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the notification requirements of the sex offenders’ register.

Zoe Leese, mitigating, said: “It was not a deliberate breach. He has not meant to mislead anybody.”

Magistrates fined Hughes £140 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.