October 2015

Child sex pervert used YouTube to threaten to KILL cop investigating his case ‘in snuff movie’

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A child sex pervert used YouTube to threaten to KILL the police officer investigating his case, a court was told.

Anthony Handley has been jailed for four years after downloading more than 600 images of children being abused, 78 of which were placed within the most serious A category.

When the vile 54-year-old was arrested, he began researching the investigating officer’s surname online.

Teesside Crown Court was told by prosecutor Jenny Haigh: “He found the officer’s cousin. He sent her obscene, abusive and threatening messages via her YouTube account.

“Some messages were directed at her, others were directed at the officer’s mother, and at the officer himself.

“Handley named an address where the cousin used to live, and said he would turn it into a ‘house of death’.

“Another message read: ‘I like horror movies, we can make one together, it would be a snuff movie’.

“The defendant messaged that he had been following the cousin, that he would visit soon, and that he kills people.”

Handley used the messages to accuse the officer of planting evidence, the court heard.

In a message to the officer, he said: “I will win […] what I have planned outside of the law, got that?”

The pervert, from Hartlepool but now of no fixed abode, admitted two offences of making indecent images of children between August 2013, and December last year.

Handley also admitted to sending a malicious message and taking revenge, both between April and May of this year.

Defending Handley, Michael Bosomworth said: “The indecent photographs are the least of Mr Handley’s problems.

“The YouTube message offences are far more serious. He is a loner who suffered abuse as a child, leaving him very mixed up about all sexual matters.

“The content of the messages will have been very distressing for the recipient, but the reality is Mr Handley rarely leaves the house so there was no chance he would cause the family any direct harm.”

Recorder Mr Anton Lodge QC jailed Handley for four years.

He told him: “You are 54-years-old and have done very little good in your life.

“Neither had you done much bad until you downloaded those images.

“Serious as that was, you made matters worse by sending abusive and threatening messages to the officer and his family.

“He was only doing his public duty, and doing it within the law.”

Handley has been banned from contacting the officer or his family in an indefinite restraining order.

His internet use will also be monitored, and the court has limited his ability to contact children.

August 2015

Child abuse image loner’s chilling ‘snuff movie’ threats to police officer’s family

A loner threatened the family of a police officer who investigated him for downloading indecent images of children.

Anthony Handley’s chilling messages included claims that “he kills people” and that he wanted to create a snuff movie and a “house of death”.

Handley researched the officer’s surname online and was able to find his cousin and the name of his mother, Teesside Crown Court heard.

He left more than a dozen chilling messages on the cousin’s YouTube page, said prosecutor Jenny Haigh.

“Some of these were directed at the cousin and her family,” Ms Haigh added. “Others referred more directly to the officer.

“Handley named an address where the cousin used to live, and said he would turn it into a ‘house of death’.

“Another message read: ‘I like horror movies, we can make one together, it would be a snuff movie’.

“The defendant messaged that he had been following the cousin, that he would visit soon, and that he kills people.”

The court heard Handley used the messages to accuse the officer of planting evidence, telling him: “I will win what I have planned outside of the law, got that?”

Handley, 54, formerly of Milbank Road, Hartlepool, now of no fixed abode, admitted two offences of making indecent images of children between August, 2013, and December of last year.

He admitted sending a malicious message and taking revenge, both between April and May of this year.

Michael Bosomworth, defending, said in mitigation: “The indecent photographs are the least of Mr Handley’s problems.

“The YouTube message offences are far more serious.

“He is a loner who suffered abuse as a child, leaving him very mixed up about all sexual matters.

“The content of messages will have been very distressing for the recipient, but the reality is Mr Handley rarely leaves the house.

“He clearly has mental health problems, it may be the court will require a report about that before he can be sentenced.”

The Recorder, Mr Anton Lodge QC, adjourned passing sentence for the preparation of a psychiatrist’s report.

Handley was remanded in custody.

He is due to be sentenced on October 5.