February 2015

Judge to Wells man who downloaded indecent images of children: “I hope every night, when you go to bed to sleep, you have nightmares.”

A WELLS father who downloaded pornographic images of children being sexually abused by men was asked by a judge how he would feel if his own young daughter was so ill-treated.

Simon Brewett, 38, was found with 112 indecent still photographs and 32 movies when police raided his home in Panborough on April 20th after receiving information on file-sharing, Taunton Crown Court was told.

Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said they included several of the most-obscene category A images of penetration involving girls aged from about six to 15.

Other images of about category B were of ‘slightly older girls’.

Brewett admitted downloading them and explained he started doing it because of difficulties in his personal life.

He suggested he had ‘come across’ the images, but a search of the computer ‘makes it very clear he was searching for images of children’, she added.

Brendon Moorhouse, defending, said Brewett was of previous good character, and handed in ‘a large number’ of character witnesses.

He did not have an established, long-term interest in child porn and a pre-sentence report showed he had a proper understanding of what had happened.

Judge David Ticehurst asked Brewett the ages of his own children and said his daughter was about the same age as a young girl on a video.

People like him derived perverted pleasure from watching such images and caused ‘devastating consequences’ on little children.

“I hope every night, when you go to bed to sleep, you have nightmares thinking of the effect you are having on children like that and if it could be your daughter or son being abused in this wicked way,” he said.

Imposing a community order with supervision for three years and attendance at an approved sexual offenders’ treatment programme, he said an appropriate sentence after a trial would be six months to three years in prison.

But a discount for his early guilty plea reduced that to 12 months, of which he would serve only six months. He said he was impressed by the number of references.

Brewett was also ordered to forfeit the computer and to pay £350 costs and a £60 statutory surcharge. He was given a sexual offences prevention order and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.