January 2021

‘Evil’ sex offender jailed for another ‘heinous’ crime

A repeat sex offender who hid from justice while under investigation for another “heinous” crime has been sent back to prison.

Alan Fitzpatrick, of Edmonton Road, Kesgrave, was jailed for almost three years at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday for sexually assaulting another man last February. 

The 49-year-old fled to Dublin the day after his arrest – but was eventually caught up with in April and recalled to prison.

He later admitted one count of sexual touching without consent and two counts of breaching notification requirements imposed following his conviction for previous offences. 

The detective in charge of bringing Fitzpatrick to justice said his victim had shown tremendous courage and astounding support for the investigation.

Fitzpatrick was jailed for 13 years in 2008 for the rape, attempted rape and sexual assault of two young girls and boys, while living in the Great Yarmouth area, between 1987 and 2005.

He had already been jailed for seven months in Croydon in 1992 for assaults on children and was locked up in Dublin for three years in 1997 for indecent assault on a female.

In February last year, Fitzpatrick sexually assaulted a sleeping man, aged in his 20s, at his Kesgrave home.

The victim, who awoke during the assault, left immediately and contacted the police, who arrested Fitzpatrick hours later.

After answering no comment to all questions put by Detective Constable Jared Fortune, he was released and swiftly broke probation conditions by driving to the Port of Holyhead and boarding a ferry to Dublin, where he stayed until arrest and prison recall on April 7.

Appearing in custody after being recalled to prison, Fitzpatrick was sentenced to 32 months in custody by Recorder Heather Rogers QC, who also imposed further sex offender notification requirements for another 10 years.

July 2008

Paedophile admits string of offences

A “predatory paedophile” who carried out a string of serious sexual assaults on four children – raping one of them – was jailed for the protection of the public.

Alan Fitzpatrick, 37, filmed an act of sexual abuse he carried out on one of his victims and offered to pay for a phone top-up for another child after he had sexually assaulted her, Norwich Crown Court heard,

He was arrested after one of his victims made a complaint – but he then tried to commit suicide in Ireland by taking a cocktail of tablets and alcohol.

Norfolk police tracked him down.

The court heard Fitzpatrick already had convictions for assaulting boys under 14 while working as a Scout master in Croydon in 1992, for which he was jailed for seven months.

He was also jailed for three years in Dublin in 1997 for indecently assaulting a young girl.

On his release he came to live in Yarmouth, which is where he was arrested for his most recent sex abuse of children.

Fitzpatrick admitted two counts of raping a boy and one indecent assault on the same victim. He also admitted attempted rape of a girl aged 15 and two indecent assaults on the same girl.

He also admitted attempted rape and one indecent assault on another girl and two sex assaults on another young boy.

Andrew Baxter, prosecuting, said when arrested, Fitzpatrick admitted he was sexually attracted to children and needed help for his problem.

Judge Paul Downes imposed an indeterminate sentence on Friday under which Fitzpatrick will not be considered for release until he is no longer considered a risk to the public. He will have to serve at least 6½ years before he is considered for release.

Judge Downes told him: “You have been candid about your sexual preferences and regard yourself as a paedophile. You are described as being alarmingly predatory.”

He also placed him on the sex- offender register for life and banned him from working with children.

Fitzpatrick is also prohibited under a sexual-offences prevention order from ever being alone with a child under 16.