Daniel Gilbert – Derby 

Gilbert found hiding in bathroom after appeal on Crimewatch.

A serial sex offender has been jailed after he was found guilty of breaching sexual prevention orders while using a fake name.

August 2017

Daniel Gilbert was jailed for 14 months after it was found he was in the company of a two-year-old girl – something he was banned from doing.

Derby Crown Court heard that 31-year-old Gilbert and his girlfriend had become friends with a couple in the West Midlands and offered to look after their two-year-old daughter. This was done while Gilbert was living as “Danny Smith”.

Gilbert is banned from being in the company of anyone aged 16 or under without the permission of parents.

This ten-year ban started in 2012 on his release from prison after he was sentenced for three years, with a three year extension, for committing three sexual offences.

There was no suggestion that Gilbert had done anything untoward with the two-year-old girl, the court heard.

But Gilbert was caught out earlier this year when an appeal was launched on Crime watch programme to locate him.

Derbyshire police issued a press release a year ago with a photograph of Gilbert asking the public to contact them if they knew of his whereabouts.

At the time, they said he was on recall to prison as he had breached his prison release conditions.

Then, in March this year, he was featured on the show, watched by millions, because detectives in Derby wanted to talk to him in connection with an alleged offence in the city in 2015.

After being discovered in Dudley, Gilbert put behind bars again after admitting being unlawfully at large for a year and for failing to notify the police of his permanent address – something he was obliged to do.

Hannah Whelan, prosecuting, said:
“It was only following the successful appeal on the Crimewatch TV programme that Gilbert was found by West Midlands Police on March 21.

“He had been living in Dudley under the name of Danny Smith. The defendant put himself in the company of a couple’s daughter who was two years old – that was in breach of the sexual prevention order which was imposed in September 2012.”

“The defendant and his girlfriend became friends with the couple through a football club initially and the defendant then offered to take care of their child.”

“On one occasion, the defendant and his girlfriend took the girl to a play centre alone and, on one occasion, the defendant cared for her on his own at her home address. And it’s known to her parents the defendant changed her nappy.”

– HANNAH WHELAN, PROSECUTING.

Gilbert pleaded guilty to the breaches at Derbyshire Magistrates Court on July 11.

Gilbert pleaded guilty to the breaches at Derbyshire Magistrates Court on July 11.

His 14-month sentence was ordered to run concurrently with a two-year jail sentence he is serving at HMP Nottingham. Recorder Shaun Smith QC said Gilbert had an “appalling” interest of young girls. He said:
“Mr Gilbert you are a very worrying person as far as the courts are concerned.”

“You have two serious previous convictions in relation to sexual offences against young girls and one of the ways of checking on you to make sure you don’t commit further offences is to have a reporting restriction on and also a sexual prevention order which you have breached.”

“It is a serious breach, you got yourself into this family by telling a series of lies. I don’t know what your interior motive was. Nevertheless it was a breach and you did this with some degree of cleverness.”

– RECORDER SHAUN SMITH QC.

 

http://www.itv.com/news/central/2017-08-06/sex-offender-jailed-after-using-false-name/

 

April 2017

Daniel Gilbert has been jailed for two years at Derby Crown Court.

A sex offender from Derby, who has breached the terms of an order SEVEN TIMES, was found hiding in the West Midlands following an appeal on the TV show Crimewatch.

Derbyshire police issued the appeal on the BBC programme in March after they had spent 12 months searching for Daniel Gilbert.

They were trying to trace the 30-year-old as he has been on the sex offender’s register since 2006 and is required to notify them if he changes his address.

Derby Crown Court heard how following the TV appeal a tip-off led detectives to an address in Dudley where he was found hiding in the bathroom and arrested.

Now he has been put behind bars again after admitting being unlawfully at large for a year and for failing to notify the police of his permanent address.

Recorder Helen Malcom QC, jailing Gilbert for two years, said: “You have a number of previous convictions for sexual offences which have led to a requirement for you to notify the police where you live.

“I am told that you don’t see why you have to do that, but that is none of your business, that is what Parliament says.

“It is plain you have no regard for court orders as you have seven previous convictions for failing to notify the police of your address.”

In August last year, Derbyshire police issued a press release with a photograph of Gilbert asking the public to contact them if they knew of his whereabouts.

At the time they said he was wanted on recall to prison and had links to Ilkeston and Birmingham.

Then, in March this year, he was featured on the popular TV show, which is watched by millions after detectives in Derby who wanted to talk to him in connection with an alleged rape in the city in 2015.

Abigail Joyce, prosecuting, said: “A Crimewatch appeal took place and as a result information was passed on to the police leading them to an address in Dudley.

“When the police attended the address the door was opened by a female and she denied knowing anyone by the name of Daniel Gilbert.

“But a search took place and he was found hiding in the bathroom.”

Gilbert, who the court was told had previously lived at a number of addresses in Derby, was arrested.

He admitted he had not told the police where he had lived since December 2015 and for being on the run.

Miss Joyce said he had been placed on the register for life in August 2006 after being jailed for three years, with an extended three year licence, for three sex offences, the details of which were no read out in court.

Roger Wilson, for Gilbert and who appeared via video link from HMP Nottingham where he now resides, said his client had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

He said: “The reason for his offending is that when he is out (of prison) people are threatening him and he believes he is at a real risk of physical violence because of his antecedents (previous convictions).”

http://m.derbytelegraph.co.uk/derby-sex-offender-found-hiding-after-appeal-on-crimewatch/story-30300032-detail/story.html

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