A convincted sex offender who failed to tell the authorities where he was living for six years – including almost four years spent back in his home country – was jailed on Tuesday.
Mindaugas Skirmantas (29) of Lynn Road, Wisbech, was sentenced to a total of 30 weeks in prison by magistrates in King’s Lynn after admitting two counts of failing to comply with notification requirements.
Passing sentence, presiding magistrate Anna Piggott said the bench had no option but to jail Skirmantas, partly due to the length of time that he had failed to adhere to the rules.
The court was told Skirmantas had been given a one month suspended prison term by the former Fenland Magistrates’ Court in December 2008 for sexually assaulting a woman.
Although he subsequently served the custodial element of the sentence, other parts of the punishment, including requirements to inform the police of any changes of address or intent to travel abroad, still remained in force.
Susannah Chowdhury, prosecuting, said: “There have been two periods of time when he has left the country to return to Lithuania for work reasons but failed to notify the police.”
George Sorrell, defending, urged the bench to impose a suspended sentence. He said: “It’s another responsibility. Other people have to do it so there’s no reason why he shouldn’t and he understands that.”
Mr Sorrell said that, while there had been some confusion about the original sentence, his client was “quite honest” with police in accepting he should have informed them of his whereabouts.