May 2016

Pervert OAP looked at child abuse images for 10 years

PERVERT Garry Bewley downloaded more than 500 indecent images of children on his computers.

The 65-year-old was arrested after police raided his Blurton home.

He immediately admitted he had been accessing indecent images of children on the internet for more than 10 years.

Now Bewley has been handed a three-year community order with a requirement to complete the community sex offender group work programme as the judge believes there is a sufficient prospect of him being rehabilitated.

Prosecutor Brian McKenna told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court police went to the defendant’s home on November 3 as they suspected he had been accessing indecent images of children.

Mr McKenna said: “They told him why they were there and he admitted he had been accessing such images. They seized two computers and a memory stick.”

The devices were analysed and contained 504 images and movies.

There were 113 at category A – the most serious; 68 at category B; and 323 at category C.

The images were of boys and girls, mainly aged 10 to 14, but some children were as young as eight.

The defendant told police he searched for the images on his computer and had been doing so for about 10 years.

He said his computer had the capacity to delete images but he kept some and put them on his memory stick.

He said others had downloaded images from his computer and added he liked to look at images of girls aged 10 to 12.

Bewley, of Wyndham Road, Blurton, pleaded guilty to six offences of making indecent photographs of a child and six offences of possessing indecent photographs of a child.

Jason Holt, mitigating, said the defendant had lost his good name and his job as a result of his convictions. And he is likely to lose his house.

Mr Holt said: “The catalyst for this was a redundancy 10 years ago. He is not proud of himself and shows some shame and remorse.

“He is keen to work with the probation service to understand why his behaviour has occurred and why it must not happen again.”

Judge Paul Glenn placed Bewley on the sex offenders’ register and made him the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.

He told the defendant: “These were real children being abused and no doubt irreparably damaged.”