Peterborough sex offender must spend 120 days alcohol-free to avoid prison

A 63-year-old repeat sex offender from Peterborough must wear a tag and complete 120 days alcohol free

A 63-year-old repeat sex offender from Peterborough must wear a tag and complete 120 days alcohol free - Credit: Martyn Moore

A 63-year-old man who sexually assaulted a woman in his Peterborough home has avoided going to prison.

Geoffrey Holland, of Kesteven Walk, was already a registered sex offender when he assaulted his victim on May 4, 2020.

He had a Sexual Harm Prevention Order in place following a previous offence, which prohibited him from having any women in his house without approval from Cambridgeshire's public protection unit.

Despite this, Holland brought a woman back to his home and carried out the assault.

Officers from Cambridgeshire Constabulary attended Kesteven Walk at around 10pm the same day after the victim called her friend for help, and officers arrested Holland at the scene.

He was found guilty of sexual assault after a trial and was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for two years, at Peterborough Magistrates' Court on July 20, 2022.

He must also complete the Horizons drug programme, spend 120 days completely alcohol-free, and carry out 30 days rehabilitation activity requirement.

Holland must wear a tag 24 hours, seven days a week to ensure he complies with the ruling.

PC Zoe Rogers, of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: "When the court system decides on a suspended sentence it is down to us in the public protection unit to manage the sex offender and put things in place which minimises the risk they pose."

She added that alcohol is a substance which Holland is known to use, and one which increases the risk of him re-offending.

PC Rogers said: "The tag will monitor him 24/7 and detect alcohol through taking measurements from his sweat. If this is detected, or if the tag is tampered with, it will breach the sentence and he will be back in front of the courts."