April 2021

Man claimed his barber sent child sex images on his phone while he had hair cut

A pervert who sent a disgusting video of a young child being sexually abused to two people told police officers his barber must have done it on his phone while he was having his hair cut.

Kelly Mpinga, 40, of Second Avenue, Little Lever, also told officers that he got no sexual gratification from the image and was sharing it with others as a warning.

At Bolton Crown Court, Kate Hammond, prosecuting, said that officers were contacted by a woman in London in 2018 who said she had received an indecent image on her phone.

An examination of the phone revealed Mpinga to be the sender and officers raided his home and seized a number of items.

On a white iphone they found a Category A indecent image and a 54 second long video featuring a child aged around four to six years old. It was discovered that the moving image had been sent to two individuals. Category A images are deemed the most obscene.

In a police interview, Mpinga, who had no previous convictions, denied all knowledge of the image and said he had been to a barbers shop where the barber must have used his phone.

Martin Pizzey, defending, said Mpinga had been working at Manchester Airport but had been made redundant following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sentencing, Mpinga, who pleaded guilty to making an indecent picture of a child and two counts of distributing an indecent picture of a child, Recorder Katherine Pierpoint, said: “Instead of reporting this picture or simply deleting it you sent it on to two other people – that is a serious offence.

“These are not victimless crimes. Those who share these images play a part, unwittingly or not, in the abuse of children that causes untold misery, suffering, damage and harm to young children

“There are ways to warn people about this type of behaviour that does not require you passing that image on and when you were arrested you lied about these matters.

“You have been in this country for over 20 years and you’re clearly somebody who is bright, able to work and you’ve worked hard.”

Recorder Pierpoint imposed a two year community order with 30 rehabilitation activity days and Mpinga will have to complete 250 hours of unpaid work.

He will also be made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order relating to his use of the internet for five years.