July 2021

Convicted Washington rapist jailed after ‘misleading’ police about where he was living

A convicted rapist has been sent back to prison after failing to update police with his details because it was “easier” not to.

Darryn Seaman was given a five year sentence in 2007 for rape and was made to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

The 52-year-old must follow strict conditions so he can be monitored by the authorities, including making them aware of where he is living and who he is staying with.

The court heard how Seaman, of Southcroft, Fatfield, Washington, has 10 previous convictions for 14 offences.

Since his rape conviction, he had failed to comply with notification requirements in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 with the latest resulting in a 13-week custodial sentence.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Seaman had failed to notify police his address had changed following the breakdown in his relationship with his ex-partner in May last year.

He moved out of their home in Southcroft, Washington, but did occasionally stay at the address up until September.

Seaman lived in a number of premises over a 12-month period, including at Toll Bar House on Ryhope Road, Sunderland.

On a number of occasions he was living in a van, but Seaman claimed he did not know he had to tell police this.

Michael Bunch, prosecuting, said: “He failed to notify police of those changes of address and indeed in September of last year and April of this year provided the police with the same address of Southcroft [Washington] being his current home address.

“In May of this year he gave a further address of Penyghent Way [in Washington] as being his new permanent address.

“Effectively therefore from May 10 last year when he left Southcroft until May 13 this year when he registered his new address, police were ignorant to the fact he had moved and no longer residing at the address they held for him.

“In fact he actively misled them as to the location of which he was living.”

Seaman was arrested on June 16 and accepted he had been living at various addresses and failed to tell the police because it was “easier”.

He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday after admitting to failing to comply with a notification requirement.

Recorder Carl Gumsley sentenced Seaman to 24 weeks in prison, of which he will serve half in custody.

He told him: “You still don’t seem to be getting the message and you’re going to head towards that five-year sentence in the future unless you actually do what you are told to do.

“You have to learn to obey court orders.”

Seaman was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge.