December 2017

Man who had more than 400 indecent images of children spared jail

A MAN who had more than 400 indecent images of children has been given a suspended sentence.

Andrew Green, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of a child and one count of possession of prohibited images of a child in Newport Magistrates Court on November 29.

Prosecuting, Kathryn Lane said that, on the morning of November 27, a search warrant was executed at a property in the Duffryn area of Newport and that police seized a phone and a laptop belonging to Green.

Ms Lane told the court that, on the devices, two category A images were found, together with three category B and 422 category C images.

She said that 58 “prohibited” images of children were identified, as well as nearly 4,000 images of children that “were found to be offensive or concerning”.

“He admitted the offence in interview and told police he had been viewing images for 15 years,” Ms Lane said. “He said he downloaded the images on his phone and then saved them on a folder.

“He estimated there would be around 5,000 images saved. He said that occasionally he would feel guilty and delete them.”

Gareth Williams, for the defence, said Green, 49, was a man of “good character” and that it was a “small amount” of category A images, with “lots of” them being category C images.

“He is 49 and has admitted he has been doing this for a while,” he said. “He admitted he has an unhealthy interest in this and admits his full responsibility.

“He has lost his job and his reputation – his life will never be the same for him.”

Sentencing him at Newport Crown Court yesterday [TUE] morning, judge Daniel Williams said that Green is a man with no previous convictions. He said: “I am sure you understand behind these images are real children, with real abuse taking place.”

Green was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison, with that sentence suspended for two years. He will have to complete a 30 day rehabilitation activity requirement and will be on the sexual offenders register for seven years.