December 2020

Pervert caught with disgusting child and animal abuse images

A Staffordshire pervert was the ‘victim of violence’ after he was caught with disgusting images of child and animal sexual abuse.

Ashley Winkle was forced to relocate with his family after he was targeted by members of the public when the news broke of his offending.

Winkle downloaded and kept indecent images of children for nearly four years, which led to the attacks.

Stoke on Trent Crown Court heard that the 23-year-old was arrested when police visited his Leek home and seized his computer and laptop.

Officers found category A, B & C moving images and extreme pornographic bestiality images.

And the defendant had used software to try to prevent being detected.

Now Winkle has been handed a three-year community order as a direct alternative to a prison sentence as the judge felt this was the best way to rehabilitate him and protect the public in the future.

Prosecutor Geoff Whelan told the court that police went to the defendant’s home in Leek at 8.25am on July 4 last year.

Mr Whelan said: “The officer seized a desktop computer tower and returned to the address at 5.15pm on July 8, 2019 when the police were provided with a laptop belonging to the defendant.

“The two devices contained 10 category movies; 12 at category B; 57 at category C; and two extreme pornographic videos, both relating to bestiality.”

In his police interview the defendant accepted he had been downloading the images for a while and said it had become a routine after seeing pop-ups on normal porn websites.

He accepted using software to hide his IP device which he learned on an IT course at college.

Mr Whelan added: “He accepted using that to cover his tracks.”

Winkle, of Horsecroft Crescent, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children and possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Judge Sally Hancox said sending the defendant to prison would mean he would not get the assistance he needed and a community order of significant length would go much further to ensuring the protection of the public and reducing any risk.

Judge Hancox said: “You have encountered, viewed, sought out and used for your own personal gratification images of children being sexually abused by adults.

“There is not an image that exists of child abuse on the internet that has not begun by the actual abuse of a child.

“Until there is no market for this appalling imagery it will continue and those who find themselves in your position must understand that the way to stop this is to stop people like yourself.

“The order will ensure you are spoken to, assisted, and challenged as to your behaviour, and most importantly, monitored for a longer period of time that might otherwise have been if I exercised my discretion to send you to custody.

“This is the first time you have attended before the courts. You are still a young man who I hope is trying to move on in a more positive and lawful way.”

The judge said the defendant’s family have become victims of his offending.

As part of the community order Winkle must complete a sexual offending accredited programme requirement and a rehabilitation activity requirement for 20 days.

He was placed on the sex offenders’ register and was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

And he must pay £340 costs.

November 2020

Pervert, 23, admits making indecent photographs of children

A 23-year-old man has admitted to making indecent photographs of children over a four-year period.

Ashley Winkle pleaded guilty to three charges, which relate to incidents between August 1, 2015 and July 4, 2019. He also admitted possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Winkle, of Horsecroft Crescent, Leek, will be sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on December 18.

His bail was extended.