November 2011

Suspended sentence after man admits having 8,000 child sex images

A PAEDOPHILE from Ernesettle has been given a suspended jail sentence after admitting having more than 8,000 indecent images of children on two computers.

Prosecutor Andrew Maitland explained how Mitchell Craik, of Hill Path, was unmasked on November 5, 2009, when he took one of his computers in for repair.

The technician found obscene material and reported it to the police on November 9.

The following morning, police raided Craik’s house at 4.40am, but were unable to get in for 25 minutes.

They found his computer had just been switched off, leading them to the obvious conclusion that he knew why they were there and had been trying to delete files, said Mr Maitland.

Officers found seven paperback books of child pornography and a box set of DVDs called Sexy Schoolgirl.

On the two computers were a total of 7,547 images at level one, 131 at level two, 228 at level three, 345 at level four and 16 at level five, the most serious category, plus 36 images of extreme adult pornography.

Judge Erik Salomonsen said it was in the public interest to pass a sentence allowing Craik, 62, to get help.

He sentenced him to 52 weeks in jail suspended for two years, two years’ supervision by the Probation Service, imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, ordered him to complete the Internet Sex Offender Treatment Programme and pay £550 costs