June 2013

Court tells pervert: ‘It’s OK to use the internet’

JAILED child abuse images pervert Gordon Amos has persuaded top judges to overturn his lifetime ban on using the internet – after telling them the punishment was unfair.

The 34-year-old took his case to London’s Court of Appeal after complaining he could not properly turn his life around without being allowed on the internet.

Amos was handed the lifetime internet ban as part of the Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) imposed at Stafford Crown Court in February last year after he downloaded child abuse images from websites.

But judges yesterday agreed with Amos’s legal team that the lifetime ban was ‘excessively Draconian’.

Judge William Davis, sitting with Lady Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Kenneth Parker, told Amos: “The terms of the order were too wide and the judge was not directed in the way that she should have been to the relevant passages of the authorities.”

The new SOPO means Amos can now use a computer – although it must not have software capable of deleting any internet history.

Amos – who will remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register until 2022 – must also make the computer available for inspection by the police.

The Court of Appeal heard Amos, of Elers Grove, Middleport, was jailed for 18 months after admitting 21 counts of making indecent images of children and six of possessing extreme pornography.

Judge Davis QC said married father-of-one Amos was caught with 440 indecent images of children and 784 extreme porn pictures, downloaded over a three-year period, in January, 2011.

The images were discovered after police officers raided Amos’s then home in Great Row View, Wolstanton, in January 2011.

Officers found 1,269 still images and 10 movies at level one on the child porn severity scale; 19 stills and eight movies at level two; 29 stills and nine movies at level three; 28 stills and 109 movies at level four; and one still image and two movies at level five – the most serious level.

A total of 748 images of an extreme pornographic nature were found.

In his police interview, Amos admitted downloading extreme pornography from the internet and viewing it for sexual gratification.

He said he downloaded indecent images of children, some as young as eight years old.

He added he was only interested in girls.

A pre-sentence report found that Amos, who had no previous criminal record, was ‘addicted to porn and simply succumbed to it’.

January 2012

Search uncovers child abuse images stash

A FATHER-OF-ONE who downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children has been jailed.

Gordon Amos, aged 34, also accessed a large amount of extreme pornographic material, Stafford Crown Court heard yesterday.

Prosecutor Fiona Cortese said police executed a search warrant at Amos’s address in Great Row View, Wolstanton, on January 21 last year.

“He was present and was arrested,” said Miss Cortese.

“His computer was seized along with two external hard-drives and a laptop. They were sent off for analysis.”

Officers found 1,269 still images and 10 movies at level one on the child porn severity scale; 19 stills and eight movies at level two; 29 stills and nine movies at level three; 28 stills and 109 movies at level four; and one still image and two movies at level five – the most serious level.

And a total of 748 images of an extreme pornographic nature were found.

In his police interview, Amos admitted downloading extreme pornography from the internet and viewing it for sexual gratification. He said he downloaded indecent images of children, some as young as eight-years-old.

He added he was only interested in girls.

The defendant, formerly of Middleport, who is latterly of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to 23 charges of making indecent photos of a child and six charges of possessing extreme pornographic images.

David Bratt, mitigating, said Amos’s curiosity got the better of him. But he acknowledged the defendant could not rely on curiosity for the three years of his offending.

Mr Bratt said viewing pornography was a form of escapism for Amos.

“He does accept there was a degree of sexual gratification.”

Mr Bratt said Amos, who is of previous good character, is estranged from his wife but his client believes she will stand by him.

“The stigma attached to these offences is a punishment in its own right,” said Mr Bratt.

“It has been a living nightmare in relation to having this hanging over his head.”

He added that Amos is a man who can be rehabilitated.

“He states he no longer accesses such sites and is no longer interested in pornography.

“Society is better served by him receiving assistance from probation than immediate incarceration,” he added.

But Recorder Nirmal Shant QC said immediate custody had to follow and she jailed Amos for 18 months.

He will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and he was prohibited from accessing any computer until further order.

Amos will serve half the sentence with the rest on licence.