November 2020

Caerphilly paedophile downloaded 140,000 indecent images

A paedophile who downloaded more than 140,000 indecent images of children has escaped a prison sentence.

Kent Yip, 39, viewed the staggering number of pictures and films over a four-year period, Newport Crown Court heard.

Paul Hewitt, prosecuting, said 288 of those images were classed at category A – these involve children being raped.

Yip, of Llanfedw Close, Caerphilly, pleaded guilty to three counts of making an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child.

He also admitted being in possession of an extreme pornographic image portraying a person performing a sexual act with an animal.

The offences were committed between February 6, 2015 and July 10, 2019.

The judge, Recorder Caroline Rees, said she was prepared to spare Yip a prison sentence because there was a “realistic prospect of rehabilitation”.

He was sentenced to a three-year community order.

Yip must complete 35 sessions of the Horizon sex offender programme and a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

The defendant must register as a sex offender for five years and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for the same period of time.