January 2021

Man jailed for over 20 years for child sex offences

A 35-year-old man from Ipswich has been jailed for more than 20 years for a number of child sex offences including rape of a child aged under 13

Christopher Banham appeared at Ipswich Crown Court where he was sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment.

He was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

He had pleaded guilty to nine offences at a previous court hearing in October last year, as follows:

  • – Three counts of raping a child aged under 13

    – Four counts of sexual assault of a child by penetration of a child aged under 13

    – One count of taking indecent photographs of child

    – One count of distributing indecent offences photographs of a child

Banham had used the online messaging app Kik Messenger to distribute the indecent images and also alluded to the crimes he had committed within a chat group accessed via the app.

Suffolk Police were notified about these messages by the National Crime Agency and took immediate action, arresting Banham within a matter of hours.

The investigation that followed then uncovered the extent of the crimes he had committed.