May 2016

Foleshill man given suspended sentence despite having over 6,000 indecent images of children

A Coventry man who created and possessed more than 6,000 indecent images of children has avoided prison.

Stanley Bettles pleaded guilty to six charges – three of possession of indecent photographs of a child and three of making indecent photographs of a child – and was handed a suspended sentence at Warwick Crown Court.

The 59-year-old, of Jenner Street, Foleshill, had admitted creating a total of 6,185 indecent images – both still and moving – between December 2013 and March 2015.

They included images in each of the three offence categories, including 861 of the worst kind; category A.

Bettles also admitted possessing 77 images – once again across all three categories – in April last year.

He was sentenced last week to 12 months in prison suspended for two years and ordered to sign sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

He was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.