Sex offender 'has nowhere to live'

Published Thursday, 21 August 2014
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A barrister has told the Magistrate's Court in Londonderry that his client has been unable to obtain hostel accommodation because of the nature of his criminal record which includes convictions for sex offences.

Sex offender 'has nowhere to live'
Coll appeared at court on Thursday morming, having been arrested hours before. (© UTV)

Eoghan Devlin made the comment on Thursday in the case of Martin Gregory Coll, 52, of no fixed abode.

Coll, who is the subject of a Sexual Offender's Prevention Order because of his offending, was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning after he'd broken into the Translink office at Foyle Street.

He stole charity boxes belonging to the Foyle Hospice, White Oaks and the Friends of Kenya charities.

Mr Devlin said Coll, who admitted the offences, had come to the "adverse attention of paramilitary style organisations because of his criminal record".

He said since his recent release from prison, Coll had been unable to obtain an address because of his criminal record.

A police officer said when he was arrested Coll had a considerable amount of coinage on him.

He initially denied the offences but when he was shown CCTV footage of his offending, he then pleaded guilty.

The officer said the footage also showed Coll urinating outside the Translink office.

District Judge Barney McElholm said the case highlighted the need for a half-way accommodation system in Northern Ireland for released prisoners.

He imposed a four month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered Coll to pay £20 in compensation to each of the three charities.

© UTV News
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6 Comments
Martin in Carrick wrote (62 days ago):
I agree, who cares? no one should care about this piece of scum, but we should care where he lives, if he has nowhere to live he could end up anywhere, even in your area. At least if he had somewhere to live the PSNI would know where he is. And knowing where scumbags like this are is vital for the protection of the public.
Tman in Newtownabbey wrote (62 days ago):
Really, why did this make the news? Who cares about this scumbag?
paul cummings in comber wrote (63 days ago):
big g in the east, your comment is spot on, who cares , I am sure the do gooders in society will look after this sex offender.
karen in belfasj wrote (63 days ago):
who cares this scum has nowhere to go. Really, who cares?
l in Belfast wrote (64 days ago):
poor man NOT!
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