Community order for Knutsford man who downloaded images

A Knutsford man has been handed a community order after he admitted downloading hundreds of indecent images of children.

Andrew David Oldham, 54, of Gaskell Rise, Longridge, was appearing at Stockport Magistrates Court on Wednesday (January 13) where he pleaded guilty to two charges, both of which related to making indecent images of a child.

The first charge related to 233 category C images, downloaded between July 22 2017 and June 11 last year, while the other related to a category C video downloaded during the same period.

Oldham had pleaded guilty to both charges at an earlier hearing and was appearing on Wednesday to be sentenced.

Category C is considered the least severe classification of indecent images and can carry a sentence of anywhere between a community order and up to three years in prison.

In this instance Magistrates decided to make Oldham subject of a community order, which includes him being electronically tagged and subject to a night time curfew between the hours of 7pm-7am for a period of 12 weeks.

The curfew will end on April 6, after which Oldham will also be required to complete a 30 day rehabilitation programme with the Probation Service.

Oldham will also have to sign the sex offenders register for the next five years.

He was fined £120, as well as having to pay £85 in prosecution costs and a £90 surcharge to victim services.