November 2020

Llanidloes man had indecent images of children

A man has been handed a suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of possessing indecent images of children.

Connor Liam Friel, 22, of Bethel Street, Llanidloes, was found guilty of possessing Category A indecent images, after a trial – but continued to insist on his innocence up to the point of his sentencing at Mold Crown Court 

Andrew Green, prosecuting, said police had been alerted to his online activities in 2018 and paid him a visit.

They retrieved a mobile phone which had images of the highest category showing sexual abuse of children and there were also indications of searches for that sort of material.

Friel denied the charges but was found guilty after a trial by jury, presided over by Recorder John Philpotts who also sentenced him at Mold.

Having read a pre-sentence report and taken into account a number of references from employers and family, Recorder John Philpotts said the offending crossed the custody threshold but drew back from sending Friel to jail straight away.

He said: “You were convicted on the clearest possible evidence.

“You’re still denying the offences today.

“These were two moving images of the most serious sort that come before the court. Two images is two too many.”

Friel was handed a six-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months, with another one-month prison sentence to run concurrently, also for 12 months.

He also has to sign the Sex Offenders Register.