Drunken Sunderland man arrested hours after release from Durham Prison having groped girl and woman

The Northern Echo: Durham Crown Court hears that drunken man was arrested for sexually assaulting a girl and woman within hours of his release from city's prison Durham Crown Court hears that drunken man was arrested for sexually assaulting a girl and woman within hours of his release from city's prison

A FORMER sex offender was quickly back behind bars after committing two indecent assaults and stealing a bag of crisps within hours of his release from prison.

Instead of using his subsistence, or ‘gate money’, to arrange accommodation, Kevin Ambler went on a drinking spree after being released from Durham Prison, on September 2.

Durham Crown Court heard that on leaving a city centre pub he groped a 12-year-old girl in the street, leaving her distressed, before heading for Starbuck’s coffee shop on Framwelgate Bridge, where he pinched the bottom of a woman in her 30s.

Chris Baker, prosecuting, said, when confronted by a member of staff, Ambler left the premises with a 90p bag of cheese and onion crisps.

He then shouted abusively to passers-by outside, before police arrived.

Mr Baker said Ambler, who appeared “extremely drunk”, continued to be abusive on arrest and later exposed himself to officers in the police custody suite.

He made no reply in interview, but admitted two charges of sexual assault and one of theft at a previous hearing.

The court heard he has previously served prison sentences of 30 months and four years for sex assaults on underage girls.

But, since 1998, his only brushes with the law have been for drunkenness and shoplifting, for which he served a short prison sentence prior to the offences on release, on September 2.

Ambler, 43, originally from Ryhope, Sunderland, was in custody for more than three months until a suitable vacancy arose at a bail hostel, before Christmas.

He was bailed on condition that he complied with the hostel rules.

A report on his compliance was presented to today’s (Friday, January 10) sentencing hearing.

Julie Clemitson, mitigating, said as Ambler is already subject to lifelong registration as a sex offender, there was no need, in his case, for a sexual offences prevention order.

Agreeing, Recorder Sophie Drake imposed a three-year community supervision order to include intensive work on a programme to address sex offending.

She told Ambler: “You came out of prison with nowhere to live and you should have been addressing that instead of going binge drinking.

“These were unpleasant experiences for those involved and it’s worrying you don’t see them as sexual offences, because they really are.”

Recorder Drake also ordered Ambler to live at accommodation directed by the Probation Service and pay a £60 statutory surcharge.

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7:13am Sat 11 Jan 14

stevegg says...

There is only one place for people like him who cannot be rehabilitaded and are a menace to the public - behind bars. They have no organisation in their chaotic lives which is ignored by the court decision makers. When is the judiciary ever going to be held to account for their decisions?
There is only one place for people like him who cannot be rehabilitaded and are a menace to the public - behind bars. They have no organisation in their chaotic lives which is ignored by the court decision makers. When is the judiciary ever going to be held to account for their decisions? stevegg
  • Score: 31

11:19pm Sat 11 Jan 14

DaisyBear says...

One has to wonder, however, how many sprees - such as this highly erratic one - are related to offenders who have become institutionalised and have nowhere to go after prison. So often prisoners are released, have a few drinks and a McDonald's, and then commit a string of offences, which they cheerfully admit. This is behaviour that is usually guaranteed to have them back in prison, into an environment which (perversely, to those of us who are not criminals) is secure, predictable, and (relatively) warm and dry, with three meals a day. The answer may be for those without a plan to be in a halfway house for some of their probation.
One has to wonder, however, how many sprees - such as this highly erratic one - are related to offenders who have become institutionalised and have nowhere to go after prison. So often prisoners are released, have a few drinks and a McDonald's, and then commit a string of offences, which they cheerfully admit. This is behaviour that is usually guaranteed to have them back in prison, into an environment which (perversely, to those of us who are not criminals) is secure, predictable, and (relatively) warm and dry, with three meals a day. The answer may be for those without a plan to be in a halfway house for some of their probation. DaisyBear
  • Score: 4

11:28pm Sat 11 Jan 14

behonest says...

"he groped a 12-year-old girl in the street, leaving her distressed" "he pinched the bottom of a woman in her 30s." "He then shouted abusively to passers-by outside" "he has previously served prison sentences of 30 months and four years for sex assaults on underage girls."

And what did 'British Justice' then sentence him to for his latest sickening attacks? "Recorder Sophie Drake imposed a three-year community supervision order". Laughable.

I disagree with stevegg, because there is more than one place for scum like this. For example, Sachsenhausen, Belsen, Dachau, Auschwitz, etc.
"he groped a 12-year-old girl in the street, leaving her distressed" "he pinched the bottom of a woman in her 30s." "He then shouted abusively to passers-by outside" "he has previously served prison sentences of 30 months and four years for sex assaults on underage girls." And what did 'British Justice' then sentence him to for his latest sickening attacks? "Recorder Sophie Drake imposed a three-year community supervision order". Laughable. I disagree with stevegg, because there is more than one place for scum like this. For example, Sachsenhausen, Belsen, Dachau, Auschwitz, etc. behonest
  • Score: 9

10:03am Sun 12 Jan 14

hippyjohn says...

It is about time prison was used to punish people guilty of wrongdoing. Not seen as an easy option for criminals
It is about time prison was used to punish people guilty of wrongdoing. Not seen as an easy option for criminals hippyjohn
  • Score: 6

10:10pm Sun 12 Jan 14

calumannabel says...

behonest wrote:
"he groped a 12-year-old girl in the street, leaving her distressed" "he pinched the bottom of a woman in her 30s." "He then shouted abusively to passers-by outside" "he has previously served prison sentences of 30 months and four years for sex assaults on underage girls."

And what did 'British Justice' then sentence him to for his latest sickening attacks? "Recorder Sophie Drake imposed a three-year community supervision order". Laughable.

I disagree with stevegg, because there is more than one place for scum like this. For example, Sachsenhausen, Belsen, Dachau, Auschwitz, etc.
It reads as if you are calling every unfortunate Jew who happened to be in these camps -scum. I think all civilised people have come to the conclusion over the years that no one, and I mean no one should ever have to endure conditions like these again. I am happy to see this creature sent on courses but I cannot see the point in a £60 fine when he's got nothing and little prospect of anything.
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: "he groped a 12-year-old girl in the street, leaving her distressed" "he pinched the bottom of a woman in her 30s." "He then shouted abusively to passers-by outside" "he has previously served prison sentences of 30 months and four years for sex assaults on underage girls." And what did 'British Justice' then sentence him to for his latest sickening attacks? "Recorder Sophie Drake imposed a three-year community supervision order". Laughable. I disagree with stevegg, because there is more than one place for scum like this. For example, Sachsenhausen, Belsen, Dachau, Auschwitz, etc.[/p][/quote]It reads as if you are calling every unfortunate Jew who happened to be in these camps -scum. I think all civilised people have come to the conclusion over the years that no one, and I mean no one should ever have to endure conditions like these again. I am happy to see this creature sent on courses but I cannot see the point in a £60 fine when he's got nothing and little prospect of anything. calumannabel
  • Score: 3

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