Febuary 2011

Tattooist sex offender given extra six months in prison after victims read paper

A TATTOOIST who sexually assaulted young girls in his parlour has been given a longer sentence.

Andrew Simpson, 38, who owned Zoo Tattoo & Piercing, sexually assaulted four girls whilst giving them tattoos.

He had admitted assaulting two girls and was warned by the judge to expect a nine month jail term.

But after the Mail published his picture, another two victims came forward and he is now beginning a 15 month prison sentence.

Prosecutor Jharna Jobes said: “Two further complainants came forward alleging similar activity. They made complaints when they heard about the matter when it was reported in the Hull Daily Mail.”

Simpson, of Kissingate, Burton Pidsea, targeted girls aged 15 and 16 and two aged 17 when they visited his shop in Holderness Road, east Hull between September 2009 and January last year.

He also admitted tattooing them illegally as they were aged under 18.

Simpson denied a further charge of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old woman who had visited his shop to have her belly-button pierced.

Simpson has been jailed for 15 months and has been given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from contact with girls under 18 for five years.

Simpson, who was a co-organiser of Hull Ink, the city’s first tattoo convention, has also been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

The Honorary Recorder of Hull and the East Riding Judge Michael Mettyear said: “As you were carrying out your occupation, you ensured the girls were at your mercy and no one else was there to witness what was going on. “