September 2009

Jailed pervert poses a ‘significant risk’

A paedophile who was caught sexually abusing a two-year-old girl had hundreds of child abuse images and sexual paraphernalia stored at his home, a court heard.

Police were called in when the girl’s mother discovered pervert David Bland, aged 64, in the process of attacking her child in neighbour’s garden on June 5.

As well as discovering his sick collection of images, officers also found childrens’ clothes and underwear, bondage gear and inflatable dolls at his Roade home.

At Northampton Crown Court, he was jailed for four years and branded “a continuing danger to young children”.

Caroline Allison, prosecuting, said: “Her daughter was playing in the back garden, when her mother saw the defendant in the next door neighbour’s garden with his hands out in front of him and her daughter lying across his arms. She saw that her trousers and pants had been pulled down and the defendant’s face was a couple on inches from her bottom.”

Bland was arrested and officers found more than 500 DVDs and videos in his home and after viewing a sample of just 10 per cent, they found 450 abusive images of sexual abuse at every classification level including torture and bestiality. He later admitted to having sexual fantasies of children.

Bland, who admitted sexual assault and possessing child porn, was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence in 1992 for raping and sexually assaulting an eight-year-old boy.

Passing sentence, Judge Thomas Corrie described him as “rather isolated, of limited abilities but with very definite sexual proclivities”. He said: “What this shows is you have always had, which you have admitted, a sexual interest in young children which you have displayed on this and at least two other previous occasions.”

Bland, of Grafton Road, Roade, was jailed for four years, with an extended licence until 2017, and will be on the sex offenders’ register for life. He was also made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order which bans him from having any contact with anyone under the age of 16, or from going within 50 metres of schools, parks or playgrounds.

The judge added: “You are to be regarded as dangerous and you pose a significant risk to members of the public, that’s to say, children and their parents.”

Tony Davis, mitigating, said: “What he accepts is he has sexual proclivities which he finds difficult, in fact almost impossible to control. I suspect he has no ability to restrain these sexual fantasies as evidenced from the sexual assault of this young girl and the viewing of the images.”