July 2006

Tattoo led police to paedophile

A paedophile has been jailed indefinitely after being identified on internet child abuse photos through a tattoo on his hand.

Pictures of Derek Beardmore abusing a young girl appeared on a website abroad, Bolton Crown Court heard.

They showed his hands with a distinctive Indian ink dot tattoo.

Beardmore, 29, from Rochdale, admitted to 13 counts of taking indecent photos of a child and two counts of sexual assault on a child.

He also pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child to take part in sexual activity.

He asked for further 16 counts of possession of indecent photographs and a single count of sexual assault to be taken into consideration.

Internet images of Beardmore’s victim were traced to north-west England and Greater Manchester Police launched an investigation.

The security guard was arrested and told police he began internet contact through a Disney website with a man known only as “Knightrider” who “pressured” him to send him child porn pictures.

The court heard he had been selling pirate DVDs of copies of films downloaded from the internet at his home to workmates.

He also created a DVD of child abuse pictures and video clips from the internet which he sold to one man for £3.50, the court heard.

Beardmore intended to sell a second DVD but was arrested after police recognised his tattoos.

On the DVD, police found a further 2,600 images of child abuse – some depicting children being sexually tortured.

Camera pictures

A total of 83 images of himself abusing the youngster were found on the disk and on his computer and camera.

Judge Elliot Knopf passed a public protection sentence, meaning Beardmore will stay in custody for an indefinite period. He will be eligible for parole in two and a half years – but will only be released if it is decided he no longer poses a risk to children.

The judge told him: “What you did was a gross abuse of the child.”

He was ordered to be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.