May 2013

Paedo from Chelmsford not jailed

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A PAEDOPHILE who admitted having more than 1,000 extreme pornographic images featuring children and animals has been spared jail.

Andrew Leigh, 22, of Goshawk Drive, Galleywood, was handed a two year sentence suspended for two years at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday.

Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC also gave Leigh a £585 fine along with putting him on the sex offenders list for 10 years and made him the subject of a supervision order for two years.

Leigh must attend an Internet Sexual Offenders Treatment programme and a sexual offenders prevention order was also placed on Leigh for an indefinite period.

On March 18, Leigh pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court to 14 separate charges of making and distributing sexual material, a lot of which was described as “extreme” by the authorities.

Officers from Essex Police found the articles after conducting a raid at Leigh’s home on June 20 last year with the amount of confiscated images and films totalling to 1,223.

These varied between images of girls aged around six or seven-years-old while others featured animals.

When he was interviewed by police, the defendant admitted he had exchanged the material via an online file sharing website.

Leigh was also told to pay costs of £500 and a surcharge of £15 by Judge Goldstaub at the hearing.

March 2013

Paedophile, 22, had more than a thousand images

A PAEDOPHILE admitted making and distributing more than 1,000 pornographic pictures and films with young girls and animals.

Andrew Leigh, 22, of Goshawk Drive, Galleywood, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court to 14 separate charges of having indecent sexual material, some of which was described as “extreme”.

In total, the number of photographs and films found during a raid of Leigh’s home on June 20 last year by Essex Police, tallies up to 1,223 articles.

These vary between images of girls mainly aged between six and seven years old while others feature animals.

During the hearing last week, prosecuting solicitor Sharon Hall told the court the defendant admitted to police he had exchanged the material via online file sharing sites.

Leigh, who wore a grey suit and blue tie, will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on May 2 and was given unconditional bail by magistrate Dawn Roche.

He will also be placed on the sexual offenders register.