November 2020

Suspended sentence for teenager who viewed indecent images of children

A man who viewed indecent images of children was told there was ‘little to be gained’ from a custodial sentence.

Corran Burton, 19, of Rhydymwyn appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court for three counts of making indecent images of children between April 1, 2019 and March 13, 2020.

The court heard how Burton entered a guilty plea at Mold Magistrates Court.

Prosecuting Jemma Gordon said a report was made after an email address associated to Burton had been responsible for uploading an indecent image on the internet.

Based on that report, North Wales Police executed a warrant at the address in March of this year.

The court heard how he was arrested and a number of items were seized, including a mobile phone, which at first he accepted the phone was his, but denied there would be images on there.

After being examined, the phone was found to include images of predominantly female children around the ages of 5-12.

However, Ms Gordon said there were no live images and no internet history searches.

Judge Timothy Petts said Burton had ‘played his part’ in viewing these images but added he was ‘vulnerable and still maturing’.

He told the court there would be ‘little to be gained from a short custodial sentence’.

Burton was given a six-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to complete 60 days of rehabilitation activity and 100-hours of unpaid work.