February 2021

Warwick man admits breaching his sex offences order by having a ‘secret phone’

A judge fears a Warwick man with a conviction for having indecent images of children may be slipping back into his old ways after he was caught hiding a phone from the police.

Although there was nothing illegal on that phone or on other devices seized from Richard Pawsey, officers were unable to find another phone he was known to have had.

Pawsey (44) of Edmondes Close, Warwick, pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual harm prevention order by having the devices without notifying the police to enable them to be inspected.

He was sentenced to 10 months in prison suspended for two years, with a rehabilitation activity for 25 days and an 8pm-6am electronically-monitored curfew for four months.

Judge Peter Cooke also ordered him to register as a sex offender for ten years, with an amended sexual harm prevention order for the same period.

Ramya Nagesh, prosecuting, said the original order had been imposed in 2014 when Pawsey was sentenced for possessing indecent images of children.

Under the order he could not have devices capable of connecting to the internet or of storing digital images without notifying the police and making them available for inspection.

In November last year officers went to his home because of suspicions they had, and when he was asked if he had a phone he produced an old-style Nokia phone which did not breach the order.

He was arrested on suspicion of having indecent images – although in fact none were found on the devices seized by the police, the court was told.

On him the officers found a note he had written to an unknown person asking them to call him on a number which did not relate to the Nokia.

And when they searched his home they found an i-Phone, which could connect to the internet, an i-Pod, and a micro SD card on which digital images could be stored.

His mother’s home was also searched, and she had a number for him which was the same as the contact number on the note found on Pawsey, although that phone, an i-Phone 7, ‘has not yet been found,’ said Miss Nagesh.

Sentencing Pawsey, Judge Cooke told him: “I am very concerned that the conduct revealed in this case, with your sneaky concealment of devices, indicates you are slipping back into your old ways.

“I’m talking not just of the devices seized, but also of the i-Phone you have successfully spirited away and kept out of the sight of the police.

“You are a visually-impaired man who sadly is destined to find his sight deteriorating further, and you are profoundly deaf. Life in many respects is pretty bleak for you.

“I believe your health difficulties, both physical and mental, constitute compelling personal mitigation.

“But if you offend within the next 24 months you and I will meet again, and my likely conclusion will be that I was wrong to give you the chance I’ve given you today.

“There are to be no more secret phones and no more hidden devices in the future.”

January 2014

Paedophile asked ten-year-old girl to dare him to remove shorts in swimming pool

A 37-year-old Warwick man shocked a ten-year-old girl in an open air swimming pool by asking her to dare him to take off his shorts, a court heard.

The distressed girl ran to tell her grandad what he had said and, as a result, Richard Pawsey of Edmonds Close, was exposed as a paedophile who had downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children onto his phones.

Prosecutor Julian Kesner told Gloucester Crown Court staff at Cheltenham Lido confronted Pawsey and told him to get dressed while the police were called. As he changed he hid his two mobile phones in a toilet cistern because he knew he had child porn images on them and did not want to get caught.

Mr Kesner said the following day Pawsey tried to persuade a friend to go to the lido and retrieve the phones for him. But the friend decided instead to call police. Officers found the phones in the cistern and initially they would not work.

But when they had been dried out they were checked and more than 450 indecent images were found.

Mr Kesner said 292 images were the least serious Level 1. Another 42 were Level 2, there were 67 Level 3 and 62 Level 4 pictures. One video clip at Level 4 was also found.

At the time of the offences Pawsey was already required to sign the sex offender register after being cautioned by police for an assault on a girl under 16, Mr Kesner said. He had breached the order by failing to notify police of a change of address.

Pawsey admitted a charge of using threatening behaviour with intent to commit a sexual offence on 11th May last year.

Mr Kesner said this entailed Pawsey going up to the ten-year-old girl in the shallow end of the lido and engaging her in conversation. He asked her where she lived and also asked for her mobile phone number, which she couldn’t remember.

Then he whispered in her ear three times: “Do you dare me to take my shorts off?”

“The girl became quite distressed at that and burst into tears,” Mr Kesner said.

Pawsey also pleaded guilty to possessing a small amount of mephedrine, an illegal class B drug, and he admitted 10 charges of possessing indecent images of children.

Defence barrister Con Fernandez said of his client: “He is a very sad and ineffectual man. He is very isolated. He had been in a long-term relationship for several years and then discovered his partner was having an affair.

“Within a month of that he lost his job and got into financial difficulty and was evicted from his home. 

“Until that point his life had been reasonably good. He spent three weeks living in a tent and then a bedsit surrounded by Eastern Europeans who do not speak the language.

“During this period of vulnerability he was introduced to drugs and he started taking mephedrone.

“Add to that the difficulties he has with hearing and an injury resulting from an incident where he jumped from a first floor window – he has not had the best time of late.

“He very much regrets these offences and in particular any distress he may have caused the child. He wants to do something about his problem.”

Judge Jamie Tabor QC sentenced Pawsey to a three-year community order with a requirement to attend the Thames Valley Sex Offender programme. He also ordered him to pay a £60 surcharge