November 2017

Images taken up skirts of youngsters in supermarkets found on Woodhall Park dad’s iPad

A depraved father-of-two who tried to film up young girls’ skirts in supermarkets has been spared jail.

Police discovered Richard Kilford’s vile collection of covert videos when they were searching his iPad for indecent images of children.

And they also found the divorced dad of teenagers had a full packet of knickers for little girls and a latex mask hidden away at the home he shares with his elderly mum.

But after hearing the 51-year-old had taken steps to get help for his problems a judge at Swindon Crown Court imposed a suspended sentence.

Tim Hills, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court that relatives became suspicious of his secrecy around his iPad.

When they saw the device it contained a series of photographs of young girls aged from five to seven years old in provocative poses.

The matter was reported to the police and when they went to his home they were let in by his elderly mother.

As well as the iPad they also recovered a latex mask from a filing cabinet and a full pack children’s underwear for five to six years old girls.

On the machine he said they recovered 22 indecent or prohibited images of children as well as the films.

“There were moving images. It suggests he had tried to go out and film up skirts of young girls in supermarkets,” Mr Hills said.

After seizing material from his home he said officers tracked him down to his car, where he was driving around with others, and stopped him in a supermarket car park.

Kilford, of Southernwood Drive, Woodhall Park, admitted four counts of making indecent images of children and on of possessing prohibited images.

Gareth James, defending, said: “Since his arrest for these convictions he had taken appropriate and realistic steps.

“He has begun seeking help at The Shaftesbury Centre in Rodbourne. He has seen a counsellor to address some of the psychological aspects. A sexual psychotherapist.”

He said that he was also the full time carer for his 75-year-old mum and has seen his GP about the amount of alcohol he consumes.

Passing sentence Judge Robert Pawson said: “You clearly have a sexual interest in children. You had concealed the images.

“Once the police had come round and arrested you and interrogated your computer they had discovered you had gone out in to public areas, shops and the like, and you had tried to film up the skirts of female children which is a particularly serious offence.

“I am impressed by the fact that since your arrest you have referred yourself to the Shaftesbury Centre where you have paid for sexual psychotherapy.

“You have taken steps to rehabilitating yourself which is the most important thing as far as the public are concerned.

“It is very much in the public’s interest as well as your interest you are rehabilitated as soon as possible. I am going to suspend for two years.

“You might want to consider how you would feel if your daughter was out in public and someone with a depraved sexual interest tried to film up her skirt.”

He imposed a 16-month jail term, suspended for two years, and told him to complete a sexual offenders’ programme and 20 days rehabilitation activity requirement.

Kilford will also be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years, the same time he must register as a sex offender.