Sex offender breaks terms

A Stanley Common sex offender was told by a judge that he risks five years in jail if he fails to obey orders enabling police to check him regularly.

The warning came after a court heard that Darren Cox spent nights at his girlfriend’s home in breach of legal orders.

Cox, 44, of Hayeswood Road, admitted failing to comply with notification requirements under the Sex Offences Act.

He was put on probation for a year and must do 80 hours unpaid work.

Judge John Wait said: “He is trying to put the conviction behind him and he is rather resentful of the fact that the authorities are still keeping an overview of him.”

In 2006 Cox was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life, which meant he had to give details of a change of address.

He had begun to spend nights at the home of woman who has a child, the court heard, but failed to tell police.

Cox had breached the order by taking a holiday in Corfu without telling them he planned to travel abroad, she added.

Nicola Hunter, for Cox, said he told his girlfriend about his criminal conviction and is still in a relationship with her.

The judge ordered Cox to pay £235 prosecution costs and told him: “I accept you had been frank with your partner and not attempted to deceive her and there is no suggestion of impropriety towards her child.”

“If the breach is repeated, there would be no alternative to a custodial sentence,” he added.