June 2017

Convicted child rapist found living with 16-year-old girl

A convicted child rapist who was found living in the same house as a 16-year-old girl has been sent back to jail.

Damien Minett breached a life-time sex offenders registration order which banned him from living in the same property as any child under the age of 18 without permission.

Lincoln Crown Court was told that it was the seventh time Minett had broken the order since his released from a jail sentence imposed at Nottingham Crown Court in 2005 for rape of a boy under the age of 13.

Minett ,29, of Swallowfields Court, Skegness, admitted failing to comply with the notification requirements of the sex offender order.

He was jailed for 14 months.

Judge Simon Hirst told him: “This is your seventh breach of this order. You take the view that you can do whatever you like and this order does not mean a thing.

“At some point you might wake up and realise it does mean something.

“The only sentence I can pass is one of immediate custody. If you come back before this court for breach of this order again the sentence will go up and up.”

Jeremy Janes, prosecuting, said that the offence came to light earlier this year when police interviewed a 16 year old girl about an allegation.

May 2017

Sex offender broke rules by failing to tell police he was living with child

A sex offender was caught living with a 16-year-old girl and her mother on eight occasions.

Damien Alexander Minett, 29, admitted that he failed to tell his risk officer that he was living with a person under the age of 18, breaking the terms of his entry on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare said Minett, formerly of Swallowfields Court, Skegness, and now of no fixed address, had served a term in prison after being convicted on three charges of the rape of a male child under the age of 13 in May 2005 and, since his release from prison, had been informed of the rules on numerous occasions.

He said that one of the rules was that he must notify his risk officer within three days if he shared a residence with any young person under 18.

Mr Clare said that in early April officers saw that a 16-year-old girl had given, as her address, Minett’s home address in Swallowfields Court and that he had also attended the police station as her ‘appropriate adult’.

He said that on April 12 Minett was seen by his risk officer and accepted the child had been living with her partner at his address since March 20.

Mr Clare said Minett now had eight convictions for failing to comply with notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act and on the last occasion had been sent to prison for ten months.

The magistrates’ ruled they had insufficient powers to deal with Minett and he was sent on unconditional bail to Lincoln Crown Court for sentence on a date to be notified.

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