Sex offender violates probation order

A sex offender was sentenced to 45 days behind bars after he admitted a breach of probation

Junius Caines, 50, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to a charge that he used cocaine and cannabis between March 10 and March 19 in violation of his supervision order.

But the court heard that the breach was discovered because Caines confessed to his probation officer.

Saul Dismont, who appeared for Caines, said: “At that period of time there were no tests.

“Had he not reported his drug use, it’s likely that no one would have known he was using again.”

Mr Dismont added that Caines was “very apologetic” for the lapse and that he had struggled to deal with his drug addiction and mental health problems.

Cindy Clarke, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, said the offence carried a maximum penalty of ten years in prison, but, in the circumstances, a sentence of 45 days would be appropriate.

She added that, with time served, Caines would be eligible for release this week.

Puisne Judge Craig Attridge told Caines it was good that he had admitted the breach — but it would be better if he stayed away from drugs.

Mr Justice Attridge said: “There will be a knock-on effect of your drug use.

“It will affect your ability to receive financial assistance, it will affect your ability to find housing and it will bring you back before the courts again.”

He ordered that time already served should be taken into consideration. Caines was jailed for three years and four months in 2016 after he admitted a serious sexual assault.

He attacked a woman in Hamilton city centre, but fled after a group of passers-by came to the victim’s aid. Caines was released from custody last June, still has to serve five years of probation.

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