September 2015

Brighton man handed five years in prison for having indecent pictures of young boys


A MAN has been sentenced to five years in prison for possessing indecent images of young boys.

Unemployed 46-year-old Mark Furnevel of Dorset Gardens, Brighton, previously known as Mark Pyne, pleaded guilty to making the five images, four of which were at the highest level of seriousness, all taken from the internet, and to breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

A SOPO, which restricted his access to children, had first been imposed at a Central Sussex Magistrates’ Court hearing in September 2004 when he was sentenced to a non-custodial sentence for possession of indecent images.

As a result of further police enquiries, in April 2012 he was convicted of breaching the order by obtaining further indecent images, and was given a 12-month community order.

He was again arrested in 2013 for breaching the order and, while on bail, police-installed remote monitoring software which had been put on his computer by authority of the court after he was arrested, detected that he had again breached the order.

Furnevel was sentenced when he appeared in custody at Lewes Crown Court last Friday

The first four years of the sentence will be served in custody, and the further one year will be served on extended licence supervision.

Furnevel was also issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), which has recently replaced SOPOs but have similar provisions. This will last until further notice and severely restricts his contact with children and access to computers and related devices.

He will also be a registered sex offender for an indefinite period.

Detective Constable Dawn Robertson of the Brighton Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: “Furnevel has again breached the terms of his Prevention Order. However we have detected this activity and the court has recognised this in the sentence that has been imposed.”