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Sex offender back behind bars for West Cumbria offending

Carlisle Crown Court

A CONVICTED child rapist has been jailed again after breaching the terms of a court order he was given for the serious sex attack.

Carlisle Crown Court heard today (MON) how Paul Andrew Roberts had originally been sentenced for that crime in 2003. For raping a child aged under 16, Roberts was given a 10-year prison term by a judge at Chester Crown Court.

As part of that punishment, he was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

But in early October – just weeks after being released from prison for a previous court order breach – he failed to comply with those notification requirements while in the Workington area.

Roberts, of no fixed address, was said to have failed to notify the authorities where he was living – and not disclosing the fact he was staying at an address where a person aged under 18 was present.

Roberts, who admitted the two charges, plus illegal possession of class C diazepam which was discovered upon his arrest, was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Andrew Jefferies QC told him: “This was a deliberate failure to comply with the requirements.”

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