Schizophrenic sex offender a “long way” from release

Schizophrenic sex offender a “long way” from release

By Michael Upton | 15/09/2020

Schizophrenic sex offender a “long way” from release

 

A MENTAL health patient who sexually assaulted staff at the unit where he was living has been told he is a “long way” from being released into the community.

John Addis (49) was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday for three offences of sexually touching staff without consent at a South Yorkshire unit in late 2018 and early 2019.

Currently resident at Rampton Hospital in Nottinghamshire, Addis was described as schizophrenic.

The court heard he had a history of such attacks, dating back to when he was a teenager.

Dr Tarek Abdelrazek, from the hospital, said the risk of Addis committing further offences was “seriously high”.

A hospital order and a restriction order under the Mental Health Act – the latter of which means the person it is imposed on cannot leave secure accommodation without the approval of the Ministry of Justice or a legal tribunal - were already in place, the court heard.

Judge Roger Thomas, who described the offences as “concerning”, said Addis had a long history of sexual offending.

He had sentenced to eight years in prison in 2008 for sexual offences and was made subject to a hospital and limitation order, the judge said.

Judge Thomas said Addis had been in hospital “for a good number of years” and ordered him to continue to be detained at Rampton.

“The more protection that can be given the better,” he said, telling Addis: “You have a long way to go to see if you can eventually be safely discharged into the community.

“Your illness sounds like it is difficult to treat.

“In hospital you will stay, courtesy of the order and the orders made today."

Addis remains on the sex offenders’ register.

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