November 2015

Man avoids jail sentence after making indecent images of children

A MAN has been sentenced for making indecent images of children at an address in Carbonne Close, Monmouth.

Martyn Garton of Skirrid Road, Abergavenny, pleaded guilty on 21st October at Cwmbran Magistrates Court for the 12 charges.

Garton was found to have hundreds of images and videos of category A, the worst form of child abuse, category B and category C.

Cardiff Crown Court heard last Friday (13th November) how Garton had fully admitted possessing the images and fully accepted it was wrong.

The court also heard how Garton was ashamed of what he had done.

Sentencing judge Michael Fitton QC said: “This would normally have to be a prison sentence with a starting point of 12 months reduced to eight because of your early guilty plea.

“What’s swayed this decision is the fact you’re completely out of your depth and need professional help to overcome your addiction.

“I’m impressed your family has expressed support and belief in you. You have, as they put it, still got positive features about your personality. They describe you as honest, trustworthy and a doting father. You’ve also taken part in charity work.

“I feel imposing an immediate prison sentence might be counter productive to your recovery”

Garton received a three year community order and is required to attend a sex offender’s treatment programme for 60 days.

He has been placed on the sex offender’s register for seven years and a sexual harm prevention order was given for 10 years.

Garton received a sexual harm prevention order and a financial surcharge and criminal court charge of £240.

Judge Fitton QC said: “This isn’t going to be overlooked so don’t think this is a soft option. If you breach any requirements you may be sent to prison”.