July 2015

Paedophile’s drunken confession in 999 call

PERVERT Andrew Newbold confessed to paramedics he was a paedophile after a heavy night of drinking.

The 34-year-old was being investigated by police after more than 80 indecent images of young boys were found on his computer.

But he told officers his wi-fi account had been hacked and that the pictures had not been downloaded by him.

But months after he was arrested, Newbold, of Greenside, Yarnfield, was in a distressed state when he called 999 and when paramedics arrived he told them he was a paedophile.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard how the defendant told paramedics: “I like small boys, I can’t help myself. The younger the better. I’m a nonce, aren’t I?”

Prosecutor Neil Ahuja said: “Examination of his computers in April found still and moving images of concern. These were children of relatively young ages, between eight and 12, being sexually abused. There was also naked posing.

“The search history of the defendant’s computer revealed terms including ‘boy’, ‘lover’ and ‘naked’. There was also a naked photo of the defendant.

“In his first police interview he told officers he allowed friends to use his computer but denied searching for indecent images of children.

“In September, ambulance staff were called to his address when the defendant was in a distressed state. He made some admissions.

“He was re-interviewed and said he would search for indecent images of children when he was drunk and would delete them the next day when he was sober.”

A total of 87 still and moving images – 19 of which were the most serious category A – were recovered from Newbold’s computer and mobile phone.

He pleaded guilty to seven counts of making indecent photographs of children and three of possessing indecent photographs of children between 2010 and 2014.

Hamish Noble, mitigating, said: “He’s a man who has done wrong and has recognises that. When accessing these images he put to the back of his mind the harm they were actually portraying. He lives an isolated existence in a small flat in a small village with no contact with his family. At the time of the offences he had a drink problem he also had anxiety and depression.”

Sentencing Newbold, Judge Robin Onions said: “It’s important that you realise that this is in no sense a victimless crime. These boys are victims of abuse, they are not willing participants. In a way you played a part in the abuse.”

Newbold was sentenced to a three-month community order with supervision.

He must also take the community sex offender work programme and substance misuse programme.

He is also subject to a sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offender register for five years.