20th May, 2019

Sex offender back behind bars after breaching order

Ian Hughes 14th Mar, 2019

A SEX offender from Leamington who breached a court order has been jailed for two years.

Zak Richard Markham-Martin, of Kenilworth Road, breached his sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) in October.

As the 21 year-old was still on licence for previous convictions for possessing and distributing indecent images of children, and a former breach of SHPO, he was recalled to prison.

He admitted possessing an internet device he had not previously declared and initially lying to police about buying the device.

He was jailed for two years when he appeared at Warwick Crown Court.

Police offender manager Jon Burford said: “Sexual harm prevention orders are a powerful tool that help us to manage the behaviour of dangerous sexual offenders as well as protecting vulnerable people.

“As can be seen from this case, police and probation will work together to ensure anyone who breaches an order will face the consequences.

“Breaching a sexual harm prevention order is a serious offence that can carry a significant prison sentence.

“Markham-Martin would have been in no doubt he was breaching his order and he is now paying the price for this.”

Sexual harm prevention orders are designed to prevent someone convicted or suspected of a sexual offence from the likes of coming into contact with children or accessing the internet without permission.

The orders can be made by the magistrates’ or crown court.

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