London: Convicted Sex Offenders Win Appeal Over (Life Entry) On Offenders Register

16 Feb

Paedophiles and rapists are to be given the right to appeal against being on the sex offenders register for life.

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Criminals in England and Wales would be able to argue that their names and addresses should be deleted from the database because they are no longer a risk to the public, it is being reported.

Ministers are due to announce the proposals following a decision at the Supreme Court last year.

Five Justices of the Supreme Court, the highest in the land, rejected a Home Office challenge to rulings that it breaches the human rights of rapists and paedophiles to be on the register for life with no chance of review.

When the ruling was given, the president of the court, Lord Phillips, said it was obvious that there must be some circumstances in which an appropriate tribunal could reliably conclude that the risk of an individual carrying out a further sexual offence could be discounted.

Two convicted sex offenders went to the High Court in 2008 where three judges ruled that their “indefinite” registration with no right of review was “incompatible” with their rights to privacy.

This decision, won by a teenager referred to as JF, and Angus Thompson from Newcastle upon Tyne, was upheld by three judges at the Court of Appeal in 2009.

Currently anyone sentenced to at least 30 months in prison for a sexual offence is placed on the register for life.

They have to notify the police of their personal details, any change of address and when they travel abroad.

A Home Office spokesman said a draft order needed to be laid down and the proposals debated in Parliament, but there is no timetable for this at the moment.

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