Prison for former Haywards Heath sex offender

Gerard O'Brien SUS-150313-143540001
Gerard O'Brien SUS-150313-143540001

A former Haywards Heath resident faces prison after not letting the authorities know he intended to travel abroad.

Gerard O’Brien, 24, a landscape gardener, of no fixed address, appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court on Thursday (12 March) charged with failing to notify his address as required as a convicted sex offender in 2013, and with failing to notify his intention of foreign travel.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment for those two offences.

O’Brien was arrested by police at Heathrow on his arrival on a flight from Melbourne via Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (March 11). Sussex officers attended and took him to Sussex where he was interviewed and charged.

He had been sentenced in September 2013 at Crawley Magistrates Court, for two offences of sexual assault against two women and one of exposure, in Hove while he was living at an address in Bentswood Crescent, Haywards Heath. He received a Community Order and was required to register as sex offender for five years.

Detective Chief Inspector Pierre Serra of Sussex Police said: “Due to our close contacts with other agencies, we received intelligence about O’Brien’s travel and arranged for him to be arrested on his arrival in this country.”