April 2015

Army gunner sentenced after indecent images of children found on his laptop

A British Army gunner who developed a bizarre naturism fetish after being traumatised by the horrors of the Bosnian war has been jailed for having child abuse images on his laptop.

Brett Walker was rumbled by his squaddie girlfriend who became suspicious about his apparent sexual interest in both young boys and girls and decided to check his computer.

A court heard how the 43-year-old trooper turned to online naturist groups for company after being scarred by his battlefield experience of the brutal conflict, during which British troops regularly uncovered horrendous cases of mass genocide.

The bespectacled veteran, wearing a regimental tie under a large black overcoat, whispered “please don’t send me to prison” as a judge told him his crimes were so serious they could only warrant a jail sentence.

Judge Alexia Durran said: “It is a difficult decision today. Undoubtedly it seems to me that you are a damaged individual as a result, at least in part, of your service in the Army and that you have become increasingly isolated.

“You know that the harm that these images cause to children becoming involved in the making of internet pornography is well known and you, Mr Walker, say you understand it.

“It is immensely damaging and the images should never have been in your possession.

“In my view your offence is so serious that neither a community order nor a suspended sentence is appropriate.”

The court heard how Walker, who walks with a limp, had been living at the Mike Jackson House convalescent home for wounded soldiers prior to the images being discovered.

His fetish was revealed when his girlfriend, who still lived at the convalescent home in Aldershot, saw an image of a child being sexually abused on his computer during a row.

She later reported it to the home’s manager, who then told the police.

However, when officers raided Walker’s home they found he had already tried to destroy the laptop by dunking it in a bucket of water and had sent it off to his insurer to be repaired.

The keen angler told detectives who arrived at his flat that he had already reported the images to the police and that he had unwittingly downloaded them from a naturist website.

Forensic examination of the computer’s hard drive revealed 14 images of sick child abuse and a video of young girls naked at a naturist beauty pageant.

Throughout his trial Walker maintained that he had not known the images were on his computer and said that they had been transmitted to him unknowingly by an American woman who was a member of an online naturist forum.

However, a jury of seven women and five men rejected the bespectacled former squaddie’s account and he was convicted of making indecent images of a child.

Walker, now of Beancroft Road, Thatcham, was jailed for six months and was handed a seven year Sexual Offences Prevention Order when he appeared at Reading Crown Court on Thursday April 30.

March 2015

Former squaddie found guilty of possessing indecent images of children

A former Army gunner with a fetish for naturism who had been recovering at a home for wounded military personnel, has been convicted of having indecent images of children on his laptop computer.

Brett Walker was rumbled by his squaddie girlfriend who became suspicious about his apparent sexual interest in both young boys and girls, a jury was told.

The panel, sitting at Reading Crown Court, was told how the 43-year-old trooper had searched the internet for videos showing incest, nudist children and teenage midgets.

Walker had been living at the Mike Jackson House convalescent home for wounded soldiers prior to the images being discovered.

The former squaddie was convicted of making indecent images of a child by a jury of seven women and five men.

Walker, now of Beancroft Road, Thatcham, will be sentenced at the same court on April 30.

During the trial, the jury was told how his girlfriend, who also lived at the convalescent home in Aldershot, had seen an image of a child being sexually abused on his computer during a row.

She had later reported it to the home’s manager, who then told the police.

However, when officers raided Walker’s home they found he had already tried to destroy the laptop by dunking it in a bucket of water and had sent it off to his insurer to be repaired.

The keen angler told detectives who arrived at his flat that he had already reported the images to the police and that he had unwittingly downloaded them from a naturist website.

Forensic examination of the computer’s hard drive revealed images of sick child abuse, as well as around photos of naturist children which did not make up part of the case against him.