Sheffield sex offender 'kicked his way into woman's home' leaving her terrified, court hears

A Sheffield sex offender left his ex-partner and her teenage daughters 'living in fear' after he kicked his way through their front door in the early hours, a court heard.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 1:45 pm

Mark McMahon was drunk and verbally abusive when he went into the woman’s bedroom, on September 30, where she told him: "It's not your home."

The court heard he was convicted of sexual assault in August 2017, and failed to notify police about a change of address, as he is required to do because he is on the Sex Offenders Register.

In a statement, his ex-partner said: "Me and my daughters have been living in fear of Mark. I am unable to sleep. I am scared he is going to come through the door.

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"I feel paranoid all the time. I am constantly anxious and having nightmares. I don't want to stay in my house on my own."

He also hurled a four pint carton of milk at the wall, splashing the woman, in a separate incident, on August 7.

Prosecutor Laura Marshall said there was a "determined attempt not to comply with the order."

There was no suggestion of any further offending, she added, but there was a risk of harm, as the woman lived with her two young daughters.

Chris Aspinall, mitigating, said: "He says he misread the requirements. As far as he was concerned he hadn't permanently moved address. There was no attempt to mislead police.”

He urged the judge to adjourn the case for a pre-sentence report, which would enable McMahon to get help for his issues with accommodation, alcohol and understanding his notification requirements.

McMahon, aged 53, who appeared via video-link from HMP Leeds, admitted common assault, criminal damage and two failures to notify police,

At Sheffield Crown Court, on Wednesday, Judge Peter Kelson QC imposed a restraining order banning McMahon from contacting his ex or her family until further notice

He told McMahon: "You think you have got the right. You don't. You shouldn't have been there. You were there where two girls under the age of 18 lived.

"I sense that you think you're above the law. You're not."

He handed McMahon a total of 12 months in prison.