September 2017

Sex offender didnt tell police about pilgrimage trip to Middle East

A sex offender was “too excited” about his pilgrimage trip to the Middle East that he failed to tell police was leaving the country.

Liaqat Ali, 33, was convicted for exposure in 2011 and put on the sex offenders register for seven years, which imposed travel restrictions.

But on June 15 this year he left the country for a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and did not return until July 11.

He admitted that he’d failed to tell authorities over his movements at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

Alan Davison, prosecuting, said: “He hadn’t taken the necessary documents to inform police about his travel arrangements but admits had been too excited about the trip that he forgot to do so.”

The court heard that police had then found out that Ali had travelled abroad.

Gary Wood, defending, said his client “fully accepts that he was in breach of the notification requirement”.

“The nature of the breach is not particularly serious in my submission, there is no suggestion of any other wrong doing,” he told the court.

Magistrates fined Ali, of Yarm Lane, central Stockton, £120 and ordered him to pay £120 costs.

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