Police v RJR

Key Words: Failing to comply with reporting obligations, Section 17(1) Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000 – plea of guilty – reasons for leniency submitted – non-conviction order, Section 10(a) Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999

Facts:

RJR was arrested for failing to comply with his reporting conditions under the Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000. RJR had moved in with his sister; his sister had an arrangement to look after her grandchildren fortnightly. When notifying police of his change in address, RJR had failed to mention these visits by his sister’s grandchildren. Police discovered that RJR had been staying with children, and RJR was arrested.

Outcome:

RJR plead guilty to the offence of failing to comply with reporting obligations, acknowledging that he “made a mistake”. In the sentencing hearing, it was submitted that leniency should be granted given that RJR was within nine days of completing his 12-year reporting period at the time of the arrest. With this fact in mind, the presiding judge handed down a s10 non-conviction order and dismissed the charges.