April 2013

Hampshire family told police about child sbause images found on grandad’s computer

A judge commended a family for shopping a Hampshire grandfather to the police after discovering he had been downloading child pornography.

Stephen Breading, 58, was showing his son-in-law his computer when a sordid picture of an under-age girl suddenly appeared on the screen,Winchester Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Justin Gau said that the relative became suspicious and after Breading had gone on holiday he gained access to the computer and discovered more shocking material.

The court heard that his family then discussed the situation before reporting it to the police, who arrested Breading on his return from the Caribbean.

Breading admitted to police that he had become addicted to the Internet and had downloaded images.

Officers found more than 10,000 still and moving images.

Mr Gau revealed that the vast majority were of the least serious kind and about 200 were at level five, the most serious.

Breading, of Grovebury, Locks Heath, admitted 20 charges of possessing and making indecent images. He was fined £7,500 with £200 costs and received a three-year community order with supervision and a direction to attend a sex offenders’ treatment programme.

Anne Brown, defending, said that the case had caused a devastating impact on the family.

Within days of his arrest, Breading contacted a specialist foundation for help and the matter has been hanging over his head since his arrest about a year ago.

Passing sentence, Recorder David Bartlett referred to a letter he had received from Breading’s daughter, who said that their world had been turned upside down after the discovery. They spent four days wondering what to do but realised that their only option was to call the police.

The judge said: “Your family does you credit and they took the entirely correct decision to contact the police knowing it would lead to your prosecution.”