May 2021

Jobless snapchat-using paedophile’s indecent images found in ‘recycling bin’

A paedophile was caught by police after he uploaded a sickening image to the internet.

Matthew Robbins was arrested after police became aware of his internet usage and then seized his mobile phone last summer.

Following checks of the 20-year-old’s devices, a number of indecent and prohibited images were discovered.

Robbins appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Monday to be sentenced after pleading guilty to possession of indecent images and possessing prohibited images.

Victoria Lamballe, prosecuting, said on July 9, last year, police officers went to Heythrop Drive in Acklam, where Robbins was living, after a “Snapchat user had uploaded a category A image of a child to the internet”.

“Police took various devices including a Samsung mobile phone and a sim card”, she said.

Robbins gave no comment in police interview, but checks that were made of his phone revealed three category A images, one category B image and nine category C images.

“The majority of the images were in the recycling bin, but remained accessible to him”, Ms Lamballe said.

She added that one image depicted a child as young as six-years-old being abused.

Other “prohibited images” were also found.

The court heard that Robbins again gave a no comment interview for a second time and that there was “no evidence of distribution”.

Sentencing him, Judge Timothy Stead, said: “It is always disappointing to see anybody who has never been in trouble before standing in the dock of a Crown court.

Robbins was given a two year community order and must carry out 30 rehabilitation days.

He will be on the sex offender register for five years and be made subject of a five year sexual harm prevention order.