September 2013

Carer had indecent images of children

A SCUNTHORPE man who is a full-time carer for his wife of 21 years admitted being in possession of indecent photographs of two children and has been placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Barry Kenneth Rawlinson, 51, of West Street, admitted possessing indecent photographs of two girls on September 2 last year.

John Harris, prosecuting, told North Lincolnshire Magistrates’ Court that Rawlinson had come into possession of pictures of two girls aged under 16 on his mobile phone.

The court heard when the police went round to visit Rawlinson he denied having a mobile, but an officer found it at his property.

Mr Harris said: “On interview, the defendant said he did not take the pictures but before his trial admitted being in possession of them.”

Sunny Dhinsa, mitigating, said Rawlinson was a full-time carer for his wife who had recently had a triple heart bypass and struggled to walk.

Rawlinson was given a community order for 12 months with a supervision requirement and was ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He was also ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.