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Monday 18 December 2017

Sex offender failed to tell gardai he had moved for four weeks

Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith

A registered sex offender who was caring for his sick and elderly parents failed to tell gardai that he had changed his address.

Kevin Smith (50) did not tell gardai for four weeks that he had moved.

He was moving back and forth between two addresses as he cared for his parents.

A court heard that his father has since passed away.

Judge John Cheatle applied the Probation Act.

The defendant, of Rolestown West in Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to failing to notify gardai of a change of address, as per his obligations under the sex offenders register.

Garda Nicky Duane said that, during a four-week period between May and June 2017, Smith failed to notify gardai that he had changed address.

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Gda Duane said that he called out to see the defendant and he was not at his registered address.

Defence lawyer Annette Kealy said that Smith was moving back and forward between his partner's address in Skerries and his parents' home. She said the defendant's parents were both sick at the time and he was caring for them.

She said that Smith's father has sadly passed away since.

Gda Duane said Smith has seven days to notify gardai if he charges address, but gardai were not informed for four weeks.

Ms Kealy said the defendant was under pressure at the time as he was caring for his parents and it had slipped his mind.

She said Smith wished to apologise to gardai and said he was now in regular contact with Gda Duane, as he continues to care for his mother.

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