January 2020

Paedophile caught out after forgetting to delete sick images from his laptop before pawning it

A vile paedophile has avoided going to prison after being caught with more than a hundred indecent images of children after he sold his laptop to a pawn shop in Hull.

Neil Omer, 57, of Burdale Close, Hull, has taken his white Lenovo laptop to Cash Express in Holderness Road and the company held it for 28 days should Omer have wanted to buy back the item plus interest.

But as Omer had not returned after the set date, the manager at Cash Express accessed the laptop on April 12, 2018 in order to restore it to factory and settings and then sell it on.

Hull Crown Courtheard the manager found two files entitled “boys” and the other “girls” and when she opened them she disturbingly discovered indecent images of children and reported this to the police.

The court was told that officers tracked Omer down and searched his home, where they found a total of 12 category A images, five category B images, 116 category C images along with seven category A video files and one category B video file.

Stephen Robinson, prosecuting, said that the images and videos were found across four devices and had been accessed over a two year period, with Omer also using internet searches including the words “jail bait” and “young girl erotica”.

“The category A images included penetrative sex of children between the ages of 10 and 16 years old including penetration of males with sex toys,” said Mr Robinson.

“Other prohibited images included cartoon-style illustrated images of children under the age of 12.

“In his police interview the defendant said he had accessed the images using Tumblr and thought that only lawful images could be uploaded to the site and gave a no comment answer to whether he is sexually attracted to children.

“The defendant’s past convictions are not similar and were for dishonesty, but he has nothing on his record since 1985.

“The aggravating factors are the videos and the age and vulnerability of the children”.

Sentencing him to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, Recorder Tom Little QC gave Omer full credit for pleading guilty at the earliest opportunity and also imposed a sexual harm prevention order and a 30 day drug rehabilitation programme.

Addressing Omer, Recorder Little said: “You have not been in front of the criminal courts for many years and you have pleaded guilty for offences relating to indecent images and videos found on your electronic devices.

“On March 10 you took your laptop to Cash Express and they waited 28 days in case you wanted to buy it back with interest. But after this time was up, the manager accessed the laptop in order to sell it and found folders labelled ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ and this set about the investigation.

“On all four of your devices images and videos were found, spanning across two years in which you viewed them including internet searches.

“You have become addicted to heroin as well as suffering depression.

“Having considered the guidelines it seems that in conjunction with a sexual harm prevention order and assessment by the probation service for drug rehabilitation, there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation so I am willing to suspend your prison sentence.