June 2013

Dorchester Crown Court jails convicted paedophile for illicit mobile phone link

A MAN who served a jail sentence for child abuse images offences has been jailed for 10 months after being found in possession of mobile phones with internet connectivity months after his release.

Lennard Basil Spooner, aged 30, appeared before Dorchester Crown Court after admitting breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

The defendant was sentenced to 40 weeks in prison in January last year after admitting possessing nearly 1,000 indecent images of children.

Spooner, of Birch Avenue, Blandford, was placed on the sex offenders register for a period of 10 years and made subject to a sexual offences prevention order for seven years.

The order prohibited Spooner from possessing any device with internet connectivity without notifying the police.

Prosecutor Carolyn Branford-Wood said when Spooner was visited by police on November 12 last year he was found to have three phones in his possession.

He was arrested, interviewed and released on bail and while on bail police also found him in possession of another mobile phone on January 30.

Miss Branford-Wood said there was nothing on the devices that led to any further charges.

Tim Shorter, representing Spooner, said his client had learning difficulties and had not realised that if he had taken the phones to the police to be checked he would have been perfectly entitled to have them.

He said: “His acts can properly be categorised as foolish.”

Judge Roger Jarvis told the defendant: “When a sexual offences prevention order is breached, serious punishment should follow.

“Compliance is not optional and people shouldn’t think that they will have a number of chances before the law will crack down.”

January 2012

Man jailed for 40 weeks after admitting possessing indecent child images

A MAN found in possession of hundreds of indecent images of children has been jailed for 40 weeks at Dorchester Crown Court.

Lennard Basil Spooner, 28, appeared to be sentenced after admitting the possessing of nearly 1,000 indecent images.

Jennie Rickman, prosecuting, said the offences first came to light when Dorset Police was contacted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Service, which raised concerns about properties in Birch Avenue, Blandford.

Spooner’s neighbour was also initially arrested in May 2010, but was later released without charge after it emerged the defendant had been using his Wifi network.

Spooner initially admitted to the possession of around 850 indecent images of children, including nine of the most serious grade five images.

Whilst he was on bail police found more computers at his address and found a further 123 images, ranging from level one to level four.

Nigel Mitchell, mitigating, said Spooner was severely lacking in social skills and had significant learning difficulties, which meant he would struggle to cope with a prison sentence.

He said: “His understanding and appreciation of many things that we perhaps take for granted are, for him, very much reduced. This is a young man that will really struggle if he is sent to prison.”

Judge Roger Jarvis said that, despite Spooner’s difficulties, his offending was so serious that only a prison sentence could be justified.

He said: “This is about very young children being abused, photographs taken and people like you exploiting their abuse by viewing those images.

“If it weren’t for people like you there would be far fewer of these children being abused.”

Spooner was also made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for a period of ten years.