Missing sex offender fined £393 for “simple mistake”

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A Faldingworth man on the Sex Offenders Register made a mistake when he was supposed to make his annual sign on and missed the date.

David Timothy Farr, 51, of Boundary Walk, admitted breaching the Sexual Offences Act by failing to complete his periodic notification, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told Farr had been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life following a conviction in 2000 and part of the requirement was that he sign the register annually by October 21, but in 2014 he failed to do so.

When he was contacted two days later he said he thought he had to do it by October 26 and immediately went to Louth police station to do so.

Mitigating, Andrew Goldsborough said Farr worked full time, including night shifts, and as soon as he realised he’d missed his signing in, he went in. “It was a simple mistake,” he said.

Farr was fined £280 and ordered to pay a £28 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.