January 2011

Man will be sentenced on child abuse images charges


A SCARBOROUGH man has admitted to downloading more than 13,000 indecent images of children.

Brian Hamilton, 28, wept in the dock at York Crown Court as he pleaded guilty to 17 charges, relating to offences he committed between November 2007 and November 2009.

The images were discovered after police raided Hamilton’s home address and seized his computer.

Taryn Turner, who represented Hamilton, asked the court for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for a medical assessment of her client to be carried out.

The court, which heard that Hamilton’s only previous conviction was for dangerous driving, ordered that he be placed on the Sex Offenders Register as a result of his guilty pleas to the new offences.

Hamilton, of Main Street, Cayton, was granted unconditional bail ahead of his sentencing, which will take place in York on March 14.

The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, told Hamilton that “no promises were being held out as to the type or length of any sentence”.