January 2016

Retired postmaster caught with indecent images of children after he sent them for printing

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A pensioner was caught with indecent images of children after he sent 50 of them online to a photo processing firm for printing.

Staff at the Snapfish company contacted police and the home of retired postmaster Philip Nigel Hewitt, 70, was searched.

Hewitt was met with a residents’ protest in his home village after he admitted the offences last month because some locals were upset that he lived close to the school. He had also been subjected to an assault and suffered criminal damage, Mold Crown Court heard.

Hewitt, of Y Llythyrdy, Tanygrisiau near Blaenau Ffestiniog, admitted seven charges which included making by downloading from the internet indecent images of children in categories A, B and C.

He admitted possessing 878 still images of children and three charges of distributing indecent images by sending them to be printed.

The offences were dated between 2008 and November of 2014.

He received an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and he was sent on an internet sexual offender treatment programme.

He was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for ten years and a ten-year sexual harm prevention order was made.

David Mainstone, prosecuting, said police went to Hewitt’s home in November 2014 after being contacted by the photography company.

He told officers: “I have been expecting you. Is this about that Snapfish order?”

His computers were examined and the images were discovered – 64 of them at the most serious category A.

Interviewed, he admitted downloading them for his own sexual gratification.

Duncan Bould, defending, said that his client was a mature man of good character who was motivated to accept the intervention that could be made available to him. He had been frank and open with the police and the probation service.

There had been repercussions as a result of his earlier court appearance – He continued to live at his home, where he had lived a long time.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said they were serious and disturbing offences and Hewitt had too much time on his hands since the closure of the post office.

He said: “I am told that the convictions have had, and possibly will continue to have ramifications for you.

“But you appreciate that those consequences for you pale into insignificance to what the young children had to go through.”

Judge Rowlands said that he appreciated that the effect of the convictions of someone like him living in a small Welsh community was in itself a punishment for a man of his age of previous good character.

He said that the case was aggravated by the young age of some of the children in the images, and the nature of the images downloaded, particularly those in the most serious category.

December 2015

Pervert pensioner admits distributing indecent images of children

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A North Wales pensioner has admitted making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Philip Nigel Hewitt, 70, appeared at Mold Crown Court yesterday and admitted seven charges.

They included making by downloading from the internet indecent images of children in categories A, B and C.

He admitted possessing 878 still images of children and three charges of distributing indecent images.

The offences were dated between 2008 and November of last year.

Hewit of Y Llythurdy, Tanygrisiau near Blaenau Ffestiniog, was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender.

He was bailed pending sentence in January.

Judge Rhys Rowlands told him that he would order a pre-sentence report.

The judge said Hewitt’s guilty pleas were important because they would reduce the eventual sentence he would receive.

Duncan Bould, defending, said that his client was a man of previous good character.