March 2015

Dudley student spared jail after admitting possessing indecent images

A UNIVERSITY student from Dudley who was caught with hundreds of sickening indecent photographs and films of young children has been spared jail.

“These were horrifying images,” Judge Amjad Nawaz told Luke Hall.

“It beggars belief how someone like you who is intelligent could have got into this predicament.”

He said it was clear Hall had gone looking for the pornographic images and that was a “disturbing aspect” of his behaviour.

The 22-year-old of Elizabeth Grove admitted 18 charges of possessing indecent images of children and he was placed on supervision for three years with a condition he attends the sexual offenders treatment programme.

He was told he must register as a sex offender for the next five years, made the subject of a sexual offenders protection order until further notice and must pay £600 costs.

The judge also ruled at Wolverhampton Crown Court that Hall must not be allowed to work with children.

Howard Searle, prosecuting, said police officers went to Hall’s home with a warrant and recovered his laptop computer.

Hall then later went to police and handed over his mobile telephone.

When they were checked, a number of indecent images were recovered, including 385 at the worst level together with 28 moving images.

There were also 500 indecent photographs in two other categories Mr Searle told the court.

Angela Shergill, defending, said Hall, a man of previous good character, viewed the images after they had been sent on to him adding, “He deeply regrets what he has done and he is full of remorse.”

She went on, “What he did was completely out of character and he has already been punished because he has lost his good reputation. He feels shame and disgust for ending up in this predicament.”