Sex offender from Skegness ‘lied about changes of address’

Court news. NNL-170524-154443005
Court news. NNL-170524-154443005

A 64-year-old man on the Sex Offenders’ Register deliberately lied to police abut two changes of address, magistrates in Boston have heard.

Ray Pinnick of Clifton Grove, Skegness, who admitted the offences, faced three charges relating to breaches of the Sexual Offences Act.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace said Pinnick had been given a community order and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years in September 2016 following a conviction for a sexual assault on a 19-year-old work colleague, and had been told and reminded on a number of occasions of what was required

from him.

She said he breached the order by failing to notify the police of two changes of address, when he moved from Sutton Grove to Firbeck Avenue and then to Clifton Grove between July 25 and September 10 2018.

She said that when seen by officers on November 4 last year, he told them he was still resident at Sutton Grove when, in fact, he had left his partner and gone to live in Firbeck Avenue in early August.

He also told them on January 28 this year that he had only moved into his present address in November 2018 when in fact he had moved in during August.

When questioned about this, he told police he had not told them as he had not told his new partner about his history.

Ms Stace said that in fact he had only given a ‘sanitised account of his offending to his new partner’, and that it was Lincolnshire Police policy that partners of sexual offenders should be kept fully informed as to their partner’s offending history.

Pinnick told police that he had ‘just been getting on with life’ and had ‘totally forgotten’ about having to report changes of address to the police.

He also told them he had not known his new partner for long and that as she got ‘very stressed’, he didn’t want to have ‘police knocking on the door’.

Ms Stace said police also discovered Pinnick had been given a new credit card in December 2017, but had not reported the new card details to the police as he was obliged to do.

She said he told officers that he ‘didn’t give a thought’ to doing so.

Mitigating, Terry Boston said that Pinnick was not an habitual sex offender and that until 2016, he had had no contact with police or the court system.

He said that although he had left the Sutton Grove address, he had still been visiting his former partner there four times a day while she was recovering from an operation.

“He forgot to notify changes of his address and the new credit card,” said Mr Boston, “but nothing was done with any malice or attempt to avoid anything.”

“This has been a very salutary lesson for him,” he added.

Imposing a 12 month community order, the magistrates told Pinnick he had been ‘deliberately devious on at least two occasions’ and that he was ‘fully aware’ of what he was required to do.

They ordered him to undergo 10 days of rehabilitation and to undertake 80 hours of unpaid work for the community.

He was also ordered to pay £170 in costs and charges.