October 2019

Derby sex offender found cowering under mattress after fleeing police

A sex offender from Derby was found hiding under a mattress after running away from a police station when he was told he was about to be arrested.

Officers found Matty Matthews cowering in the bedroom when they were told he was holed up at a property in Spondon.

The 34-year-old, who is also known as Matty Taylor, was supposed to tell the police where he was living under the terms of his sex offender register notification.

But Derby Crown Court heard how during August and September he registered a number of different city addresses with police where he claimed to be living.

These included Rivermead House, in Bath Street, Arnhem Terrace, in Spondon and Willowcroft Road, in Spondon, the home of his new partner.

Joey Kwong, prosecuting, said: “Visits by officers found that he was no longer living at either Rivermead House or Arnhem Terrace.

“On September 25, Mr Matthews walked into St Mary’s Wharf and asked if he was going to be arrested.

“When the officer said ‘yes’ he ran off up Prime Parkway.

“Two days later police went to an address in Willowcroft Road where they spoke to a female who denied he was there.

“But they searched the house and found him hiding under a mattress and he was arrested.”

Mr Kwong said Matthews, of Willowcroft Road, had a number of previous convictions, including serious sexual offences, but the details of them were not read out in court.

He also said the defendant had a bad record for complying with the terms of the sex offender register and had previously been handed jail terms of up to three years for breaching its terms.

Matthews’ latest offence saw him plead guilty to failing to comply with the terms of the register.

Jailing Matthews for 18 months, Recorder Paul Mann QC said: “You have a bad history of offending so far as sexual offences are concerned and you have a bad history of breaching the terms of your requirements.

“You have, over recent years, served long prison sentences as a result of this.”