Sex offender failed to report move to Mackay, put on parole

A 55-YEAR-OLD convicted sex offender has been placed on parole after he failed to report his relocation to Mackay.

Prosecutor Constable Duncan Erskine told the Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday that Malcolm John Ridden had been charged with failing to inform police and child protection services that he'd moved from New South Wales.

He said Ridden was taken to the Mackay Police Station on August 17.

When interviewed, Ridden told police that he had not committed offences against children since imprisonment "and that because he'd been good, he shouldn't have to report," said Const Erskine.

Ridden had been living in Mackay for around four weeks at the time.

Defence solicitor David Strutyski told the court that Ridden was sentenced in 2001 for crimes that had occurred between 1988 and 1992. He said the father-of-two had spent roughly five years in jail, and was released early 2007.

Mr Strutynski said Ridden had not been convicted of any similar crimes since his release.

He said Ridden's reporting conditions meant he had to report to police twice weekly, and make known any changes of personal details.

He also had to report any contact with children and new Facebook accounts.

Mr Strutynski said Ridden had previously been sentenced for failing to report, and in 2014 had received 18 months imprisonment in Tamworth for failing to report between November 2013 and June 2014.

Mr Strutynski said Ridden had wanted to return to Mackay because he had a bond with the town.

He said reporting the interstate move to police had "escaped" Ridden.

Magistrate Nerida Wilson sentenced Ridden to 12 months jail, with immediate eligibility for parole.



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