April 2015

Former choirmaster sentenced to over two years for indecent images of children


FORMER choirmaster has been jailed for distributing and making indecent images of children.

Some of the still and moving pictures found on two laptops seized by police from Hugh Davies, 63, featured boys believed to be aged just 10.

A number were classed as being in category A – the most serious level.

Following his arrest, Davies, of Park Street, Kendal, pleaded guilty to:

  • 18 charges of making indecent photographs of children

  • 11 of distribution and one of asking another computer user to send an indecent photograph

He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to:

  • 18 counts of making indecent images of children

  • 11 counts of distributing indecent images of children

  • 1 count of intentionally encouraging/assisting a commission of an either way offence

The offences were committed between 2009 and 2014.

At Carlisle Crown Court today (FRI), Davies was sent to prison for two-and-a-half years by Judge Barbara Forrester, who told him: “I view this offences very seriously indeed.”

The court heard Davies was convicted in 2011 of downloading indecent images of children. On that occasion he was fined by a district judge and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

A former conductor for Kendal South Choir, he was once described as a “leading figure” in the town’s music community.