Sex offender was detained in Bury St Edmunds courthouse

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A man on the sex offenders’ register failed to sign on, as required, at Bury St Edmunds Police Station.

Simon Edgar Henning Fisk, 57, was convicted of six sex offences, including rape, in July 1993.

Prosecuting at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday, Emma Howson said, now without a permanent address, Fisk was required to sign on every seven days.

She told the court he had already been ‘given the benefit of the doubt’ on another occasion and had failed to sign on again between October 11 and 14.

Mrs Howson said Fisk, of no fixed abode, would not be specific about the area he was currently staying in, listing the Bury, Sudbury, Cambridge and Newmarket areas.

Fisk pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the notification requirements.

In mitigation, Claire Lockwood said Fisk had signed on late previously because he had been serving a custodial sentence ‘that was nothing to do with his previous offences’.

She said he had failed to sign on by October 11 because he was helping his ex-partner with a family emergency.

“But he accepts he could have called police and told them,” she said, adding that he had signed on three days later.

Mrs Lockwood said Fisk was currently ‘sofa surfing’ in various areas, relying on friends and family.

In sentencing Fisk, presiding magistrate Sue Burton-Griffiths said: “Just make sure that you report in time in future so this doesn’t happen again.”

Fisk was detained in custody until court finished on Friday.