April 2021

Computer engineer discovered man’s haul of indecent images

A West Norfolk man used a work laptop to access indecent images of children.

Phillip Brown, 43, appeared before magistrates in Lynn on Thursday to admit making 122 images of category A – the most serious nature – on or before October 2, 2019.

He also pleaded guilty to making 115 category B images and 174 category C images.

And he accepted having possession of 21 extreme pornographic images involving an animal.

Prosecutor Michael Devaney told the court that offences had been picked up by a software engineer assessing Brown’s work laptop.

Police conducted a search of the defendant’s home in School Road, East Rudham, and the totality of images was discovered.

Mr Devaney said the high volume of category A images, deliberate searching, and the period of time the images had been held for were all aggravating features of the case.

The bench said it had insufficient sentencing powers to deal with Brown and committed the case to Norwich Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

Brown, who had no previous convictions, was granted unconditional bail and told to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register within three days.