October 2017

Rednal area mum sent photo of six-year-old daughter in fishnets to online pervert

A mother from the Rednal area has admitted taking a photo of her six-year-old daughter wearing fishnet tights and sending it to a man she met online.

The woman, who is in her 30s, pleaded not guilty at Coventry Crown Court to causing or inciting her child to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard how, at the request of pervert Paul Fryer, she had recorded the girl dressing in fishnet tights and sent the movie clip to him.

Fryer, 39, of Farm Street, Harbury, appeared at court via a video link from prison.

He had been remanded in custody after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to causing the six-year-old to engage in sexual activity, namely the wearing of fishnet tights.

Fryer, who reportedly had a history of sexual offending, had been arrested after police found the film on his phone.

From that, detectives traced the mother, who cannot be named to protect her daughter’s identity.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: “It occurs to me that someone made potentially an indecent photograph of a child, which is a different offence but does not require the element of incitement [to engage in sexual activity].

“A six-year-old in fishnet tights might mean a jury found it very easy to decide that issue. I wonder whether that might resolve the case.”

Adjourning the case for that to be considered, Judge Lockhart told Miss Evans: “If she accepts taking the photographs, you will have to advise her it is completely irrelevant whether she thinks it’s indecent.”

When the hearing resumed, prosecutor Adam Western asked to add a further charge of making an indecent image of a child – to which the mother then pleaded guilty.

Judge Lockhart said it was not just possession of the image, but production, adding: “The main protagonist, on one view of the case, is not this defendant.”

He agreed to adjourn the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on the woman, who he ordered to register as a sex offender.

She was granted bail with a condition that she has no contact with any child under the age of 13 without the consent of social services.

Fryer had been due to be sentenced at the hearing, but his case was also adjourned after Judge Lockhart said the pair should be sentenced together.

He added: “It is going to be a custodial sentence of some duration in his case.”

March 2009

Dad attacked woman for money for his daughter’s birthday

Paul Fryer came up behind his victim in the dark, put his hand over her mouth and pushed her into some bushes, but fled when she managed to scream for help.

And at Coventry Crown Court on Friday, Fryer, 30, of Haseley Close, was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to assaulting the woman with intent to rob her.

The court heard how Miss Gatto had left her home to walk to a gym in Bedford Street on a dark Sunday evening in December.

As she walked along Dormer Place, she became aware of a man riding a bicycle – and even more aware of the strange look he gave her.

She continued walking for a few hundred yards, until she felt him grab her from behind. He covered her face with his hand, preventing her from breathing, held her tight around her waist and forced her into a bush.

But she fought back, and screamed as he took his hand from her mouth.

A woman in the Pump Room Gardens heard the scream and rushed to help, along with a gym employee.

Fryer fled along Bedford Street, and was later arrested after fitting a description of the attacker.

He told officers his motive was robbery, because he was concerned about providing for his daughter’s birthday and for Christmas.

Sentencing Fryer, Recorder Christopher Bright said: “One can only imagine the terror you instilled. “Women are entitled to go about their business in this or any other city without being attacked by people like you.”