February 2021

Wiltshire man admits having child sex abuse images and extreme animal pornography

A partially blind man has pleaded guilty to possession of child rape images and images of humans having sexual intercourse with animals

Colin Boon had been due to stand trial this week on more than a dozen allegations he had the illicit images of children – including more than 120 in the most serious category showing the rape or torture of children

But after discussions between prosecutor Stephen Dent and the 61-year-old’s barrister Charley Pattison, the Wiltshire man was rearraigned at Swindon Crown Court yesterday. 

He pleaded not guilty to attempted sexual communication with an child named in court only as “Shannon”. 

He was read 13 other charges relating to the possession of indecent and prohibited images of children or illegal images of animals, answering “on the advice of counsel, guilty” to each charge. 

Appearing before Swindon Crown Court holding his white cane, Boon, of Bratton Road, Westbury, admitted possession of 125 indecent images in category A, the most serious category and which includes depiction of child rape, more than 80 images in category B, 190 in category C, 14 prohibited images of children and 77 extreme pornographic images depicting sex between people and animals.

Judge Peter Crabtree adjourned the case for the preparation of a pre-sentence report and medical evidence. He warned Boon’s lawyer that the starting point was a year’s imprisonment.

He will be sentenced on March 22.

The judge said his pleas would result in him being subject to sex offender notification requirements, meaning Boon must tell police of any changes to his address.