November 2018

Sex offender back behind bars for West Cumbria offending

A convicted child rapist has been jailed again after breaching the terms of a court order he was given for the serious sex attack.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Paul Andrew Roberts had originally been sentenced for that crime in 2003 for raping a child aged under 16. Roberts was given a 10-year prison term by a judge at Chester Crown Court.

As part of that punishment, he was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

But in early October – just weeks after being released from prison for a previous court order breach – he failed to comply with those notification requirements while in the Workington area.

Roberts, of no fixed address, was said to have failed to notify the authorities where he was living – and not disclosing the fact he was staying at an address where a person aged under 18 was present.

Roberts, who admitted the two charges, plus illegal possession of class C diazepam which was discovered upon his arrest, was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Andrew Jefferies QC told him: “This was a deliberate failure to comply with the requirements.”