February 2021

Sex offender’s life ‘spiralled out of control’ after becoming addicted to drink and drugs

A man placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for exposure was jailed after failing to comply with the requirements of the order.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that David Moriarty, 69, had repeatedly breached the terms of the register.

The most recent was in October of last year, when he failed to notify police he was of no fixed abode after being released from prison for another offence.

The court heard Moriarty was a “hard working and intelligent man” whose life spiralled out of control after he became addicted to drink and drugs.

Michael Stephenson, prosecuting, said Moriarty was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years in October 2015 after being jailed for exposure.

One of the terms of the order was that Moriarty should notify police of any change of address within three days.

Mr Stephenson said: “Mr Moriarty was arrested and sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment last October for possession of a controlled drug.

“On his release, he should have attended a police station within three days to notify them that he was of no fixed abode.

“He did not do so. Instead he voluntarily attended St Anne Street police station some six days later to say he’d forgotten because he’d got out of the habit, whereupon he was arrested for the offence.

“He should have been aware of his obligations and it was a deliberate breach.”

He had been held in custody since November 4 for the breach, to which he had pleaded guilty.

Judge Louise Brandon told Moriarty, who appeared via videolink from HMP Altcourse: “You have been a hard-working and intelligent man in your life, but since your lapse your life has been chaotic.”

He was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison.