April 2018

Waitrose worker had online ‘fantasy’ about having sex with kids and downloaded abuse images

A supermarket worker has been jailed for downloading and sharing child abuse images.

Philip Gilbert, who worked at Waitrose in Weston-super-Mare, also got involved in “fantasy” chats online about having sex with babies and children in Sri Lanka and Cambodia.

The 63-year-old, of Shrubbery Road in Weston-super-Mare, pleaded guilty to two sets of offences at Bristol Crown Court.

The first related to Hertfordshire, where he admitted three charges of making and three of distributing indecent images of children and one possession of extreme pornography.

When a police investigation was triggered he went to ground, but turned up in Weston-super-Mare where he admitted three charges of making indecent images of children and two of distributing them.

The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Peter Blair QC jailed him for two years.

He told Gilbert: “The making and possessing of indecent images of children is a blight to the lives of the children, who become commercial objects.

“It is all the more serious when people leave it to be distributed for others who share that perverted interest.”

Gilbert was told to register as a sex offender for 10 years and handed a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, banning him from unchecked use of the internet.

He was also said to have not told his bosses he was being sentenced, meaning he will be two years late for work.

Neil Treharne, prosecuting, said a police investigation into online activities of a supposed boy aged 15 led to Gilbert’s door in Hertfordshire.

Analysis of his computer established a sordid photo stash including 523 images and 313 movies the highest Category A abuse category.

There was also evidence of file sharing activity, the court heard.

Mr Treharne said: “Some 180 pages of chat was extracted, including chat about sexual desires and abuse of children.

“He (Gilbert) says he had sex with children in Sri Lanka and Cambodia.

“He said some were babies and ‘sex with a child was good for him’.

“He said he would use children as sexual objects.”

After a no comment interview Gilbert moved home, the court heard.

But police found him in Weston-super-Mare with another 140 images and 12 movies rated as Category A abuse.

More chat recovered included Gilbert claiming that if he had a kid brother he would have abused him daily.