October 2015

Pensioner jailed for child abuse images told police ‘you’ll find the works’ when his home raided

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Shameless pensioner William Witham, 71, told police who raided his home with a child porn warrant: “You’ll find tonnes of images, all sorts – kids, animals, girls dancing, the works.”

At Gloucester Crown Court on Friday, Witham, of The Dukeries, Westgate Street, Gloucester, was jailed for 16 months after he admitted six offences of downloading indecent images and three of possessing them.

There were 27 images and 329 videos of the worst Category A nature, 43 images and 53 videos at Category B and 7,822 images and 95 video of Category C, the least serious.

Alistair Haggerty, prosecuting , told the court Witham used a peer to peer sharing network to access porn.

Following police investigation into activity on the network his home was raided and he made “unsolicited and candid comments”, said Mr Haggerty.

He told officers: “All the stuff’s there – you’ll find tonnes of images, all sorts. Kids, animals, girls dancing, the works.”

Mr Haggerty said Witham had previous convictions dating back to 1973 for having intercourse with a girl aged 13 and 1989 for intercourse and gross indecency with a 14-year-old girl, for which he was jailed for three years.

In 1995 he was jailed for two years for four offences of indecent assault on a girl of 14.

Paul Trotman, for Witham, told the court Witham admits being addicted to child porn. Normal porn no longer does anything for him but child porn excites him, he said.

Witham had purchased self help books and had also been in contact with his GP to try to get onto an appropriate course to help his addiction to child porn, he added.

Witham has two children – a 39-year-old son who is repulsed by the offences and estranged from him, and a 40-year-old daughter who, whilst disgusted, stands by her father, Mr Trotman concluded.

Judge Euan Ambrose passed a jail sentence totalling 16 months and made a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years. He also ordered Witham to sign the sex offender register for 10 years.