Sadler v. Worcester Magistrates' Court

[2014] EWHC 1715 (2014)

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Sadler v. Worcester Magistrates’ Court

United Kingdom High Court of Justice (Admin)
[2014] EWHC 1715 (2014)

RW

Facts

In 2000, a Romanian court convicted Sadler (defendant), a British sex tourist, of sexually abusing a minor. After his release from prison, Sadler returned to the United Kingdom. In 2007, the local police learned that NP, a 15-year-old boy, occasionally stayed overnight at Sadler’s apartment. As the United Kingdom’s Sexual Offences Act authorized him to do, the police chief (plaintiff) applied for a sexual-offenses prevention order (SOPO) prohibiting Sadler from having further contact with minors. The Worcester Magistrates’ Court (plaintiff) issued the SOPO on the grounds that Sadler posed a serious future risk of sexually harming young boys. In 2012, after a mandatory five-year waiting period, Sadler petitioned the court to discharge the SOPO. The court heard expert testimony that Sadler continued to pose a serious sexual-abuse risk to minors. The court also took evidence that Sadler had made 50 sex-tourism trips abroad since 2007. However, the court barred NP’s proffered testimony that nothing improper occurred during his 2007 stays with Sadler. The court denied Sadler’s petition and refused to discharge the SOPO. Sadler appealed to the United Kingdom’s High Court of Justice, where Sadler argued that NP’s proffered testimony was highly relevant and should have been admitted.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Elias, J.)

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