July 2010

Rapist hid identity with fake ID

A rapist hid his true identity when he took a job working as a door-to-door salesman.

William Goulden told his bosses at Aquashield he was called David Pallister when he started working for them in January.

The fake name hid the fact he had been given a lengthy prison sentence at the central criminal court in London in 1997 for rape and intercourse with a girl under 13.

As a result of the convictions the 40-year-old has to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for the rest of his life.

Goulden, of Chiswick Road, Hylton Castle, Sunderland, admitted using a name which he had not notified to the police and failing to notify a changeof his address to police.

He also admitted breaching a restraining order to stay away from his ex-wife.

Mr Recorder Graeme Hyland sentenced him to three months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision for 12 months.

The judge said the sentence could be suspended because Goulden had spent time in custody on remand after his arrest.

The judge said: “What saves you from immediate custody today is the fact you pleaded guilty and the fact you have served 101 days already.

“Be warned Mr Goulden, if you breach the orders I made in any way then back you will come and to prison you will go.”

Bob Spragg, defending said Goulden was “absolutely terrified” at the prospect of of returning to prison.

Mr Spragg said Goulden had breached a court order to stay away from his former wife during a period of time when they had got back together.