Nottingham

Shaun Tudor jailed for sex attack on boy

A man who pleaded guilty to attempting to rape a 10-year-old boy in a Nottinghamshire woodland has been given an indefinite sentence.

Shaun Edward Tudor, 43, of no fixed abode, had also admitted sexually touching the boy on 20 July, near Third Avenue in Rainworth.

He was told he must serve at least seven years and 10 months.

Tudor, who has Asperger's Syndrome, was on leave from a mental health facility at the time of the attack.

Serious concerns

During the hearing, Nottingham Crown Court heard how Tudor, who also has learning difficulties, had been under hospital orders since 1988 when he assaulted a boy in Birmingham.

The judge said he would almost certainly spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Tudor had been treated for mental health problems for more than 20 years and was moved to a specialist unit, St Andrew's, on Sherwood Oaks Business Park in Mansfield, in January.

The court also heard how Tudor had been admitted for two spells at Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire in the past.

Nottinghamshire Police said it was "extremely concerned" Tudor had been allowed out unsupervised.

Det Insp Caroline Racher said: "Tudor committed an appalling offence against a young child and the sentence he has been given today reflects the gravity of his crime.

"His offence has had a terrible impact, on a young boy, his family, and on the wider community of Rainworth and Mansfield.

"The circumstances surrounding Tudor's crime understandably caused his victim, the victim's family, and the local community, to share a sense of outrage and deep concern.

"We share those concerns, and have been working on a daily basis with the management at St Andrews to ensure that there can be no such repetition of such a terrible incident."

'Appropriate decision'

St Andrew's Healthcare, a not-for-profit charity, said an investigation had been carried out by external authorities along with an independent internal inquiry.

In a statement it said: "These investigations have concluded that the decision to apply for and then allow unescorted leave was clinically appropriate, based on the information available at the time.

"We are working closely with all the agencies involved and have implemented actions to address those things which we think, with hindsight, we could have done differently."

The NHS, which had been involved in arranging Mr Tudor's healthcare, said it was also carrying out a review into the case and would be considering the findings of the St Andrew's reviews.

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