January 2021

Judge’s warning as Risca paedophile sentenced

A Judge issued a warning to paedophiles who download child abuse images – it’s only a matter of time before the police come knocking on your door.

He sent the message out as he sentenced 52-year-old Risca sex offender Stephen Hill at Cardiff Crown Court.

Judge Geraint Walters told him the police have the technology and ability to bring all paedophiles who search for filth online to justice.

He said: “Only a fool would think that the police don’t have the availability to know who’s doing it. They do.

“There are a lot of people in the queue waiting for that door to be knocked, but they will get there.”

Judge Walters added: “These are real children who are being abused. They are not actors. They are not created by a film company.

“Any child exposed to this will have lifelong consequences because of it.”

Julia Cox, prosecuting, said Hill had downloaded two category A films showing girls between six and nine being subjected to disturbing abuse.

The defendant, of Manor Way, Ty Sign, also had 50 category C images.

The court was told Hill had “shown remorse” in his interview with detectives.

Hill pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing indecent photographs of children between July 12, 2019 and September 12, 2019.

Hill was sentenced to a three-year community order.

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

The defendant was made the subject of a five-year sexual harm prevention order and must register as a sex offender until 2026.

Hill has to pay £420 towards prosecution costs and a victim surcharge.