October 2015

Pensioner admits downloading more than 1,000 indecent images of children

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A pensioner admitted downloading more than 1,000 indecent images of children after police raided his Childwall home.

Arnold Thomas Smith, 72, appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court today facing eight charges of making (downloading) indecent images. 

Smith, of Wallgate Road, appeared in court with the aid of a metal walking stick and pleaded guilty to all the allegations.

Lionel Cope, prosecuting, said the case was not suitable to be dealt with in magistrates’ court.

He said Smith was found with 122 indecent images classed as Category A, the most serious according to sentencing guidelines.

The court heard examinations of computer equipment also found 244 Category B images and 772 Category C images.

Mark McLorinan, representing Smith, said his client had no previous convictions.

He said: “The defendant prior to this has been a gentleman of good character. He’s an elderly gentleman and he had never been in trouble before in his life. There are clearly underlying reasons behind this pattern of offending.”

The court heard Smith had accepted the allegations from the beginning.

Mr McLorinan said: “When the police first put the offences to him he provided full admissions.”

Magistrates passed the case to Liverpool Crown Court, where Smith is due to be sentenced on November 24.

Smith sighed and said “I understand” as he was bailed with the conditions to live and sleep at his address in Wallgate Road, and to have no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18.