October 2019

Derbyshire sex offender jailed after falling out with probation officer

A sex offender from Derbyshire made “a mockery of the court” when he breached the terms of his order after falling out with his probation officer.

Derby Crown Court heard how Aaron Colson stopped attending appointments designed to rehabilitate him when he was laughed at by a new supervising officer.

Her reaction prompted the 33-year-old walk out of their meeting and not return.

This was a breach the terms of a suspended sentence imposed earlier this year for two counts of sexual assault.

And Colson’s barrister’s pleas to the judge not to send his client to jail fell on deaf ears.

Jailing him for two months, Judge Robert Egbuna said: “It makes a mockery of the court to give you a chance and you not to comply with it.

“When you appeared before me on the last occasion I made it absolutely clear to you what would happen if you failed to comply with the order.

“You knew the score and I could not have made it any clearer to you.

“You come back before the court saying you had a dispute with your probation officer and as a consequence you breached your order?

“I am sorry but you are not getting another chance.”

The hearing was told how Colson, of Long Eaton, was handed a four-month jail term, suspended for two years in January for two counts of sexual assault. The details of that offence were not revealed.

As part of the conditions of the suspended sentence order, he had to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work which he failed to do. He was then handed an additional 20 hours to carry out.

Colson, of Bridge Street, was also ordered to attend what are called rehabilitation activity requirement days with the probation service. These see offenders work to address the reasons they carried out the crimes they committed.

However he stopped attending them when he fell out with a new officer who was assigned to him.