Bedford sex offender gets 14 months in prison for breaking court rules

Joel Wilson, 34, of St Michaels Road, Bedford,
Joel Wilson, 34, of St Michaels Road, Bedford,

A registered sex offender has been jailed for 14 months and has had a court order extended, after breaching the conditions of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) imposed upon him for a previous conviction.

Joel Wilson, 34, pictured, of St Michaels Road, Bedford, was found guilty at Luton Crown Court on Friday (December 21) and has had a restraining order placed upon him until further notice.

On July 11, Wilson was arrested after visiting the address of a woman he was forbidden to contact.

Following an altercation, he assaulted her.

Then on July 18, whilst on bail, Wilson was further arrested for drinking alcohol in a public place in Bedford town centre, in direct breach of the SHPO he received when previously convicted.

He was sentenced to 14 months in custody. He received a further four months each, but to run concurrently, for the assault and for the public order offence of street drinking. He must also pay a victim surcharge.

PC Gareth Underwood, investigating, said: “Wilson’s behaviour has now resulted in him breaching his court order.

“He clearly didn’t learn his lesson from his initial conviction, and has now received a further jail sentence.”

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