March 2021

Llandrindod Wells sex offender breached court order

Magistrates have fined a sex offender for failing to comply with the requirements of his court order.

As part of Karl Francis signing onto the sex offender’s register in 2016 he must notify police of any change of address for a seven-year period.

In September last year the 23-year-old notified Dyfed Powys Police that he was staying in the Park Crescent area of Llandrindod Wells.

But when they had cause to speak to Francis on November 14 regarding another matter he gave Christchurch as his new address, saying he’d moved there five days earlier.

He hadn’t informed police of this change of address, prosecutor Stephen Davies told Llandrindod Wells Magistrates Court on Wednesday, March 3. Francis pleaded guilty to breaching his notification order.

Gareth Walters, defending Francis, who gave a care of address of High Street, Seven Sisters, Neath, said his life had been in “disarray” at the time of the offence.

“He was living in a tent in Llandrindod Wells,” said Mr Walters.

“He hadn’t notified police when he should have. He is currently of no fixed abode but he is complying with the order.”

Mr Walters added that his client is currently the subject of a suspended prison sentence issued by Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court, which post-dates this offence.

He said the suspended sentence covers four previous breaches as well as a charge of possessing a bladed article.

Probation officer Donna Davies told the court Francis was currently sleeping rough after he was evicted from a premises providing emergency housing in Hereford due to anti-social behaviour.

Magistrates warned Francis that if he committed another breach, the prison sentence would likely be activated.

They fined him £80 fine and he must pay a £34 surcharge as well as £85 costs.