Sex offenders given hospital orders

Essex Police’s Management of Sexual Offenders and Violent Offenders (MOSOVO) South team secured two important convictions against dangerous offences in the south of the county last week.

MOSOVO teams regularly review the cases of those who have committed sexual offences and ensure that no breaches of orders or of the Sex Offenders Register are taking place.

On Wednesday November 6, two men were given hospital orders at Basildon Crown Court.

The first was 23-year-old Kristen Champion, formerly of Prince Avenue in Westcliff. Champion had applied to have a Sexual Risk Order removed in March 2018, which the MOSOVO Southend team objected to.

Champion was arrested last year when officers discovered a breach had been made. All of his devices were seized and communication with several young children from other counties were identified from material on them.

Three children were safeguarded as a result of this discovery.

As a result, Champion was charged with attempting to cause or incite a boy under 13 to engage in sexual activity. He was remanded in custody until his sentencing last Wednesday when he was transferred to a secure hospital under the Mental Health Act.

To further protect the public, a mental health restriction order was also made. This means that Champion will only be eligible for release when he is deemed well enough to do so. His release must also be agreed by the Secretary of State for Justice.

He is now on the Sex Offenders Register for life and is subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will last a decade.

Awais Kazmi, 32, formerly of Broomfield Avenue in Leigh-on-Sea, was also made subject to a hospital order under the Mental Health Act, with the same restriction as Champion.

A ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order was granted and he will be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Kazmi was also already a registered sex offender when he was investigated for, and subsequently charged with, four counts of sexual assault and 13 counts of breaching his existing Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

This result followed an investigation with several victims, women aged from their 20s to their 50s, who reported that Kazmi had approached them in public, often using the guise of asking for directions, and touched them inappropriately, and often trying to follow them to other locations.

Detective Inspector David Browning of MOSOVO South said: “This was an excellent result and included a lot of hard work from detectives, members of police staff, and partners.

“Essex is a lot safer now that Champion and Kazmi are off the streets and are unable to access any devices through which they might cause harm to vulnerable victims.

“My team, and MOSOVO teams across the county, will keep working tirelessly to protect those who would be exploited and harmed by people like Champion and Kazmi. There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes in this force, and that work doesn’t stop here, but these excellent results deserved to be highlighted.”

Mick Ferris

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