April 2013

Perverted husband exposed as paedophile after house search

A “despicable” husband and his wife have been jailed after he admitted indecent images of children and both admitted conning a vulnerable friend for cash and a free holiday.

Confidence tricksters David Hills, aged 64, and Samantha Hills, aged 41, both of Drywell Court, Standens Barn, were jailed at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday for the fraud, between December 2010 and February 2011.

The court heard the pair made friends with the man at a council housing meeting, but took advantage of his health ailments. They went on a holiday, paid for by the victim, and dined out at his expense.

The Hills then fraudulently cashed cheques belonging to the victim – who thought the pair were genuine friends – to the tune of £2,500, allegedly to pay for the holiday. He had already paid for the trip.

Two more cheques, totalling £552.99, were also paid into the pair’s bank account.

Hospital porter Samantha Hills then started paying for goods worth £1,132 on the internet on the victim’s account, buying “luxuries”, such as wine. The pair were finally caught when they took the victim to the bank in a bid to transfer “several thousands of pounds” into their account. A member of staff became suspicious and the police were called.

When officers searched their home, 76 indecent images of children were found on a computer belonging to David Hills, who had previous sexual convictions against children. Both defendants were jailed for 10 months with David Hills also receiving a 12-month consecutive term for possessing indecent images.

Rejecting pleas to suspend their sentences, Judge Sylvia De Bertodano said: “This was a man who viewed you as friends and you chose to use him as a source of income for luxuries. You were in this together for whatever you could get.”