June 2011

JAILED FOR CHILD PORN

A SICK pervert who downloaded vile images of babies and young children being sexually abused has been locked up.

Cops found Marc Bull had a stash of more than 1,600 pictures built up over a five-year period.

Jailing the 29-year-old for 14 months, Judge Beverly Lunt said explanations for his actions had shown he had an unhealthy interest in boys aged 13 and upwards.

She also banned him from having any unsupervised contact with children under 16 for 10 years.

Bull was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for the same amount of time.

Preston Crown Court heard yesterday that even while awaiting sentence he had continued downloading gay porn.

Cops raided his home in Dowie Close, Barrow, on July 7, 2009, and seized computer equipment.

They made the sickening discovery that Bull had accessed over 1,600 images, some of them showing the worst forms of abuse.

He pleaded guilty to 20 counts of making indecent images of children.

The court was told 126 of the images were at levels four and five – the most serious categories. Seventy images were classed as levelthree, 371 at level two and 1,117 at level one.

Mr Duncan Birrell, prosecuting, said: “Police had information which suggested he had used his credit card to make payment to access a website containing indecent images of children.”

He added that all the material in the case involved still images and in a second police interview, Bull accepted responsibility for all of them.

Mr Birrell added: “The prosecution would submit that 126 images at levels four and five, in the context of a collection as extensive as those acquired over the period, represents a large number of images at that level.”

Bull, who now lives in Stillwater Drive, Clayton, Manchester, had no previous convictions.

Mr Gareth James, defending, said that only seven-and-a-half per cent of the overall number of images were of the higher levels.

He added that adult porn pictures accessed by the defendant far outnumbered any others.

Mr James said: “The defendant was looking at porn images on the internet. He has strayed into looking at images of children and has downloaded some of those images on to his computer.

“I understand they were downloaded at a fairly early stage of the five-year period and that he wasn’t downloading towards the end of that period.”

Mr James suggested it would be in the better public interest if a lengthy community order was imposed, to make sure the defendant received the education and help he clearly needed.

Sentencing Bull, Judge Lunt said: “I would be failing in my duty to punish you and deter others if I didn’t send you to prison.

“They are serious images, some of them involving infants, not just young people – babies and infants.

“Some of your remarks and comments to explain yourself to a probation officer cause grave concern, ultimately accepting you have an unhealthy interest in boys aged 13 onwards.

“You have continued to access adult gay porn while awaiting sentence.”

A Cumbria police spokesman said: “This sentence highlights the consequences of downloading indecent images of children. This is not a victimless crime – downloading these images supports the physical and sexual abuse of children across the world. With modern technology, it is becoming increasingly easy to track down people viewing indecent images of children.”