July 2015

Pervert found with ‘repulsive’ child abuse images which ‘included images of babies’

David Player, from Hogshill Lane, appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Wednesday (July 8) having previously pleaded guilty to eight counts of possessing indecent images of children.

The court heard the 45-year-old mainly kept images of young girls aged between eight and 14 but some included “images of babies”.

Judge Noel Lucas said the defendant was “lucky today” as he sentenced him to a 20 month prison sentence – suspended for two years.

The judge also ordered Player to complete 250 hours of unpaid work and made him subject of a 24-month supervision order.

Susannah Bramley, prosecuting, told the court that following a police investigation into file sharing and indecent images Player’s activities were identified by his internet provider address.

On May 7 last year, the defendant was arrested when police visited his house and found a number of indecent movies and images on his computer and a USB stick, Miss Bramley told the court.

Among movies recovered were three in category A – the most serious, involving penetration.

The court heard that in total 187 still images were found, 36 in category A, 49 in B, and 102 in C.

“In the main they were images of eight to 14-year-old girls, but there are images of six-month-old babies,” Miss Bramley said.

“The moving images make it more serious.”

Jennifer Dannhauser, defending, said Player found himself bored, lonely, and “not engaged in mainstream society”.

She said: “Mr Player does fall into the category of a loner – he didn’t have relationships or friends that he engaged with, and the internet provided contact or engagement.

“He takes full responsibility and shows a level of empathy for the victims.”

Judge Lucas listed details of some of the more serious images, or “pretty repulsive pornography”.

He said: “The age and vulnerability of the girls is a significant factor – by people like Player accessing and viewing these images it provides fuel to the fire of those who physically abuse children.

“The court takes a serious view of this sort of offending.”

Judge Lucas gave him a suspended 20 month term for the category A offences, four months each for the category B – to run concurrently – and one month each for the category C images, also to run concurrently.

“Please regard this as a very last chance,” Judge Lucas said.

“You have been lucky today, if there is any breach you will go straight to prison.”