August 2009

Sentence for ‘vile’ child porn is reduced

A PAEDOPHILE caught with “vile and repugnant” videos of children and babies being sexually abused has had his sentence cut.

Henry Arthur McWilliam, of Hermon Street, Canning Circus, was given a 27-month jail term at Nottingham Crown Court.

McWilliam was jailed earlier this year after pleading guilty to a number of counts of possessing indecent images of children.

But lawyers for the 45-year-oldsuccessfully argued today at London’s Court of Appeal that he was effectively being punished twice.

Top judges were told that the videos were categorised at levels four and five – the worst of their kind – and the sentencing judge should not have taken into account the distress shown by victims, as that was already recognised in the categorisation process.

Mr Justice Bean, sitting with Lord Justice Goldring and Judge Michael Mettyear QC, shortened the sentence to 16 months, saying it was more appropriate.

He added that McWilliam was of previous good character and had waited nearly two years between being arrested and being sentenced.

He also said that McWilliam – whose own legal team said the videos were “vile and repugnant” – had not distributed the videos and images, but that they were for his own personal use.

The court heard that police raided McWilliam’s home in April 2007 and seized computer equipment.

They discovered 2,500 images in total, many of which were in the form of videos. More than 750 were at level four, and 53 were at level five.

A further 9,681 images had been on the hard drive of the computer but were no longer accessible.