Medics called to Oxford court as paedophile struggles to breathe

Medics were called to Oxford Crown Court after a paedophile suffered breathing difficulties – as he sat in the dock.

Judge Nigel Daly had just told Stephen Wakeley he was being sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment when the 68-year-old began hyperventilating. The judge was yet to say whether the jail time would be immediate or suspended.

A dock officer removed Wakeley’s mask and took him to the floor before another officer arrived to help. The court was cleared and medics called.

The case resumed almost an hour later, with Wakeley sat in the back of the dock.

Jailing him for 10 months, Judge Daly said he’d considered whether the sentence could be suspended but told Wakeley he was concerned he’d continued to look at indecent images of children despite having been arrested by the police.

The judge said: “You were not technically on bail but you knew full well the police were investigating your computers and you knew that they would find illegal indecent images of children and you went on committing offences.”

Earlier, Oxford Crown Court heard how Wakeley told police officers he’d had child sex abuse images to send to women on a dating website to “establish whether they were genuinely seeking a relationship”. If they were disgusted it would show they were not committed to a liaison.

Wakeley also claimed that a number of women on the website had asked him for things like iTunes vouchers. Prosecutor Robert Lindsey said: “He felt sending the images was a form of revenge against them.”

He was arrested first in 2018 when police raided his caravan near Garsington having received information he was uploading indecent images of children to the web.

Among the devices seized were his Acer laptop and an SD card on which police found almost 7,000 indecent images of children including 995 in category A.

Wakeley had downloaded software to enable him to access the dark web and had searched online for the notorious 1960s cult Children of God, which encouraged sex between children and adults.

He also looked at websites purporting to show schoolchildren being sexually assaulted.

He was released under investigation but, within a year, police were back at his door. It emerged he’d bought a laptop from Argos within two months of his initial arrest.

On the laptop, police found 292 indecent images of children, including 47 in category A, 33 in category B and 212 category C.

The vile cache included both images and video, with some of the material showing the rape of girls aged two to 11.

Evidence suggested he’d uploaded images to video conferencing platform Google Hangouts, although it could not be proved that the pictures – taken on his digital camera of indecent images on a computer screen – were shared with others.

Wakeley, of Alpha Avenue, Garsington, pleaded guilty at the magistrates’ court to six counts of making indecent images of children.

He will serve half his 10 month sentence behind bars before he is eligible for release.