December 2020

Paedophile to spend Christmas in prison

A former bar manager will spend Christmas in prison after he was jailed for downloading images of very young children being raped or tortured.

Richard Tasker of Weymouth Avenue, Oakes, Huddersfield, was charged with Category A, B & C offences on September 23, 2019.

Category B involves images involving non-penetrative sexual activity and he was charged with making two photographs.

Category A is the worst and the court heard that some of the images were of very young children.

Category C include indecent images of children not falling within categories A or B and he was charged with making eight photographs in Category C.

The bench sentenced him to 26 weeks’ imprisonment for each of the two charges to run concurrently.

He was also told to sign the Sex Offenders Register for seven years and a Sexual Harm Prevent Order was issued for him to run indefinitely.

He was also ordered to pay a surcharge of £122 on his release.

At his trial at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court in October he admitted using his laptop to access Pornhub.

He pleaded not guilty to both charges and said that his computer must have been hacked but the two magistrates found his claim “implausible”.

The defendant described himself as a “pansexual male” – someone who is not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity.

During his trial, prosecutor, Lauren Hebditch, said that on the morning of September 23, West Yorkshire Police officers raided the defendant’s home where he was a lodger and seized a laptop on which the offending material was found.

At today’s hearing the court heard he was interviewed by the Probation Service and he “showed no remorse at any time”.

Sentencing him the chairman of the bench, John Webster, stressed “the very young age of the children in the photographs”.