February 2021

Carlisle woman’s child abuse images included one-year-old

A Carlisle woman had a secret stash of sickening child abuse images – including videos portraying the abuse of a one-year-old.

But Kelly Louise Agnew, 39, who also used WhatsApp to share a video clip of herself engaging in a sex act with a dog, escaped an immediate jail term after a judge heard that she had been subjected to public vitriol as a result of her crime being made public.

Her offending came to light in January last year when police visited her then home in Borland Avenue, Botcherby, and seized two devices, which contained 11 illegal still and moving images of children, the city’s crown court heard.

She had not opened three images classed as category A – the most serious.

All the images were swiftly deleted.

Brendan Burke, prosecuting, said: “She said she didn’t know why she had done it but it was likely she had been in drink…

“She said the images of children had been sent to her during the course of fantasy contact online with a man in which, she volunteered, they had discussed child abuse.

“She said she was a heavy viewer of online pornography generally.”

Agnew, now living at Merrick Terrace, Portpatrick, admitted making indecent photographs of children, publishing an obscene article and also possessing extreme pornography.

Jack Troup, defending, said she was genuinely sorry and had suffered prolonged and untreated depression.

Recorder Philip Grundy imposed a two-year community order, with 50 rehabilitation days.

He told her: “I can see your whole life has imploded.

“You have relocated away from this area… but it has persisted in the vitriol and abuse and hate that you have received, which is a constant reminder to you as to what you did.”

Agnew’s name will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years

January 2021

Carlisle woman, 39, admits downloading child abuse images

A 39-year-old Carlisle woman has been put on the Sex Offenders’ Register after she admitted offences of downloading child sexual abuse images and sharing videos of herself performing a sexual act with a dog

Kelly Louise Agnew, of Borland Avenue, Botcherby, pleaded guilty to five offences when she appeared at the city’s Rickergate Magistrates’ Court.

The first three allegations related to her downloading indecent photos of children.

She did this on dates between July 2018 and January this year, the court heard.

The indecent images of children charges relate to all the Categories including Cat A images, considered the most serious, showing the rape or torture of young children

The fourth charge related to the defendant publishing moving images of herself performing a sexual act with a dog. This happened over the same timespan.

The final allegation Agnew admitted was a charge of possessing 32 extreme pornographic images involving people engaging in sexual activity with animals.

No further details of the case were outlined in court

But prosecutor George Shelley said that the suggested starting point for an offender who was guilty of downloading Category A child abuse images was one year in jail.

“Clearly, your sentencing powers are insufficient,” the prosecutor told the magistrates.

After hearing representations, magistrates ruled that Agnew, who spoke only to confirm her identity and to say that she admitted all of the charges, should be sentenced by a Carlisle Crown Court judge on February 2.

This was because magistrates ruled that their sentencing powers for the offences admitted were not sufficient to deal with the five sentences before the court.

In the meantime, the Probation Service will be asked to prepare a background report on Agnew, who was represented in court by defence lawyer Chris Toms.

The presiding magistrate told the defendant that she would automatically have her name entered on to the Sex Offenders’ Register.