October 2005

Child molester’s sentence cut

A HALIFAX man who sexually abused two children and downloaded child abuse images from the internet has had his sentence cut by Appeal Court judges.

Mark Mountain, of Church Place, was jailed for four-and-a-half years at Bradford Crown Court in May this year after admitting indecently assaulting the two children – a teenage girl and boy.

The 36-year-old was also sentenced for 20 offences of making indecent photographs of children, which related to downloading child porn between 2000 and 2003.

Mr Justice Butterfield, sitting with Lord Justice Rose at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, said Mountain had abused two children some years ago and had a computer containing 792 indecent images of children.

But he said the sentence was excessive and cut it to three years and nine months.

 May 2005

A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed for four and a half years after indecent images were discovered on his computer.

Mark Andrew Mountain (36), of Church Place, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, admitted

  1. Making 20 pictures of children

  2. Four offences of indecently assaulting a 10-year-old boy

  3. Three offences of indecently assaulting a 13-year-old girl

He was also found guilty of theft, after a trial at Bradford Crown Court.

Mountain, originally from Clifton, Brighouse, and a former pupil of Rastrick High, was made the subject of a two-year extended sentence so he will be on licence for longer than normal when released from custody.