Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pervert's Human Rights Breached; North Sex Offender Wins Appeal

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pervert's Human Rights Breached; North Sex Offender Wins Appeal

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Byline: Sam Wood

APERVERT has won a landmark Appeal Court ruling which could result in thousands of criminals from across the country having their names removed from the Sex Offenders' Register.

Angus Aubrey Thompson, of Cowgate, Newcastle, was jailed for five years in 1996 for two indecent assaults against a woman and other assault offences. He was also put on the sex offenders' register for life.

But the 51-year-old claimed the restrictions imposed upon him since his conviction are a breach of his human rights.

In December last year he won a High Court judgement in his favour. The Home Office appealed but the Appeal Court upheld the decision.

The court in London heard Aubrey had suffered a series of heart attacks and is stricken by arthritis, and believes that the stress of being indefinitely on the Sex Offenders' Register and continued police involvement in his life has contributed to his ill health.

And in a landmark decision Appeal Court judges ruled that the human rights of Aubrey had been violated.

The ruling prompted a furious reaction from victims groups last night.

Neil Atkinson, from the National Victims' Association, said: "We think this is an unbelievably bad move. It is catastrophic for society.

"These people are capable of tricking professionals into believing they pose no harm, then they drop off the radar and can commit offences again.

"They say its about human rights but what about the rights of the victim.

"Society should be deeply concerned about the development."

And Clare Phillipson, director of Wearside Women in Need, a charity which was set up to help female victims of domestic violence, said: "This is yet another ruling which gives human rights a bad name."

Thompson was released on licence in 2000 and has not been in trouble since. …

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