May 2021

Paedophile found dead weeks after admitting possessing hundreds of child sex abuse photos

A man died shortly after admitting possessing hundreds of pictures of child sexual abuse, a court has heard.

The cause of 49-year-old Vivian Williams’ death is currently being investigated for the coroner.

Williams entered guilty pleas to three counts of possessing a total of 704 images indecent images and one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child when he appeared at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on March 10 this year.

The offences cover the dates January 2016 to October last year and 84 of the images were of Category A which show the most extreme kinds of sexual abuse.

The case was committed to Swansea Crown Court for sentence and the defendant was granted unconditional bail.

This week the case before the higher court where Judge Geraint Walters was told Williams, of Sketty Court, Dillwyn Road, Sketty, Swansea, had died on April 4. The judge therefore stopped the proceedings.

The court heard the cause of the defendant’s death is as yet undetermined.

South Wales Police confirmed officers responded to calls about the welfare of a man on the afternoon of April 4 and that a 49-year-old man was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene in Dillwyn Road.

A spokeswoman added: “There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances and a report is being compiled for the coroner.”