February 2021

Cowgate pervert facing jail after being caught with sickening child abuse images

A paedophile is facing spending time behind bars after he was caught with a sickening stash of child abuse images.

Simon Boustead’s vile collection, amassed over a nine-year period, was discovered on his electronic devices when they were seized by police from his Newcastle home.

A court heard that some of the pictures were category A, which are the most serious kind and involve penetrative sexual activity.

Category B and C photos were also found.

Boustead, of Birling Place, in Cowgate, was arrested and appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to plead guilty to three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child.

Prosecutor, Cheryl Ford, said the images were downloaded between July 31 2009 and June 26 2018.

She added: “This is a case whereby the defendant has had possession of class A, B and C images, which were found upon devices seized from him by the police.

“The Crown would say that this is not suitable for sentence in the magistrates’ court.

“The starting point for category A images is one year in custody.

Magistrates agreed and released Boustead on unconditional bail to next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on March 25. They also ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

In the meantime, Boustead must visit his local police station to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.