Child offender failing to comply with reporting obligations: Police v RJR

Arrested for failing to comply with his reporting conditions

Police arrested RJR for failing to comply with his reporting conditions under the Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000.

He 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 placed RJR under arrest.

Section 10 as reporting period was close to finish

RJR pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to comply with reporting obligations, acknowledging that he “made a mistake”.

However, in the sentencing hearing, we submitted that leniency should be appropriate given that RJR was within nine days of completing his 12-year reporting period at the time of the arrest. Accordingly, with this fact in mind, the presiding judge handed down a s10 non-conviction order and dismissed the charges.

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