June 2015

Pervert avoids prison for distributing child abuse images & movies via Skype

A 60-year-old paedophile from Great Dunmow who was caught with indecent images of children was spared jail on Wednesday (June 10).

Lorry driver William Bowrah, formerly of Edmunds Lane and now of Windmill Close, both in Dunmow, had 191 images and 15 movies on his laptop and mobile.

He had been using Skype and sharing with other paedophiles for two years.

Explaining why she was not sending him to prison, Judge Patricia Lynch QC told Bowrah as she passed sentence at Chelmsford Crown Court: “Be very certain, I’m doing you no favours.

“I am following this course because I think rehabilitation is the appropriate course. You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself. Your conduct has been reprehensible.”

Bowrah pleaded guilty to two offences of downloading images and one of distribution.

He was given a three-year community order with a condition that he attends a sex offender group work programme and a 40-day rehabilitation course.

He was also placed on a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and ordered to remain on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

He had served the equivalent of a 12-month sentence in custody while waiting for Wednesday’s hearing.

Police found images on a laptop and a mobile phone in his delivery vehicle after searching his house in Edmunds Lane on March 12.

Nnele Akudolo, prosecuting, said there were 189 images on the laptop, including some duplicates, with 42 at levels A and B and 105 at level C, two on the mobile and 15 movies “distributed between him and other users.”

Describing one of the images, counsel said: “A child depicted was intoxicated or drugged, being asleep while penetrated and appearing to show no reaction. He had also been having Skype contact.”

Virginia Ironside, mitigating, said: “He now has an address which would make him suitable for rehabilitation. The conversations on Skype were fantasy chat.”

Judge Lynch told Bowrah: “As far as these offences are concerned, what makes it so serious is the nature of these images. These offences have so many victims and these victims are innocent children.

“The difficulty when you look at them on the computer screens is persuading yourself they’re not real children.

“A three-month-old baby being penetrated by a male is shocking and dreadful. Imagine it was your son at three months.”

However, she added: “Regrettably, yours is not the worst case and the guidance allows me to look at a community order.”