September 2011

Paedophile escapes jail

A paedophile who got his kicks from watching the hardest category of child porn has been spared jail despite what a judge branded his “utterly obnoxious” collection.

Angelo Francis of Westcott Close, New Addington was arrested after a surprise police raid at his home – identified via his computer’s IP address.

The 46-year-old pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court to 25 sample counts of possessing indecent images, which included 10 movies at the most extreme level and 181 at the next highest.

The worst movies – which had been downloaded by Francis – involved sex acts with animals.

Police executed a search warrant at the address on October 5, last year and seized the defendant’s computer and a laptop.

Francis immediately admitted he downloaded the obscene material and co-operated with police throughout, claiming the raid was the best thing that could have happened to him.

He described the movies and still images as “repulsive and sickening.”

The Recorder of Croydon Warwick McKinnon sentenced him to a three-year community order with a requirement to attend a community sex offenders work group programme.

He said: “If he is sent to prison he simply will not get any proper treatment to turn him around. He will turn out worse than when he moved in..

“Pornographic and sexual abuse of children was found on your computer, plus bestiality. These are extremely serious offences.

“To say they are distasteful is an understatement. They are utterly obnoxious to all right-minded people. Some would say you would richly deserve to go to prison today.”

A five-year Sexual Offenders’ Prevention Order was made prohibiting Francis to use the internet, except for a lawful purpose and he will sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.