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Rapist ‘complained he was treated like a sex offender’

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A RAPIST stormed out of a South Tyneside police station after he objected to the way he was spoken to.

Robert Pallister, 28, was arrested in Sunderland and appeared before city magistrates on Wednesday.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said he accused a police station worker in South Shields of being “snotty” and left without signing vital paperwork.

Homeless Pallister has been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life and had turned up for this weekly appointment on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty to failing to sign the register and, therefore, breaching the order of the court.

Kate Meek, defending, said Pallister did go to the police station and had been signing on every week, even while he was homeless.

She said: “He made the choice to leave, but he was there.

“He literally did not sign the paper. He was there and in a back room.

“He has been homeless for four months and goes every seven days to sign on.

“He went on September 30 and it was the first time he did not turn up again.

“There is four months of compliance while he is homeless and many years of compliance before that.”

Miss Meek added that Pallister complained that the woman treated him like a sex offender.

She said: “He understands that people will not always be completely welcoming to him, but she was particularly unwelcoming towards him.”

Sentencing him, District Judge Roger Elsey said: “The offence to which you plead guilty is serious and it is made more serious by your previous convictions.”

He added that it was Pallister’s first breach of the order and he had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Pallister was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for six months.

He must pay £40 court costs.

Pallister was placed on the sex offenders’ register after attacking a schoolgirl in 2003.

He pleaded guilty, and was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court.

 
 
 

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