A SEX offender has been jailed for eight months for failing to tell police where he was living – for the 13th time.
Clive Morrison was given a four-year prison sentence for indecent assault in 1996.
As a result of that conviction, the 49-year-old is required to sign the sex offenders’ register for life, and he must notify the police of any change of address within three days of moving.
Morrison had moved out of a hostel in Beach Road, South Shields, on Tuesday, August 13, but was not seen by police again until he was arrested on Saturday, September 7.
He admitted breaching his notification requirements at a previous hearing and was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: “There are 12 previous breaches of him failing to notify his whereabouts.”
Andrew Walker, defending, said Morrison had been staying with friends after he left the hostel and had not realised he could simply register as homeless.
Mr Walker said: “He knows it now.
“He has never had suitable accommodation. He has either been on the streets or moving door to door.”
Sentencing Morrison, Mr Recorder Kramer told him: “This is so serious a custodial sentence is necessary in this case.
“This is a deliberate flouting of the court’s order.
“I take the view it is deliberate, and you must have realised you should have reported to the police.”