Llandrindod man had child abuse images and bestiality images

A Powys man has avoided an immediate jail sentence after admitting possessing dozens of prohibited images of children.

Roger Percival, from Howey, near Llandrindod Wells, received a 12-month prison term at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court on Friday (June 18), which was suspended for two years.

As well as being found in possession of two Category A images – the most serious involving children – five Category B images and 45 Category C images, the 40-year-old also had nine extreme and prohibited images portraying a sexual act with a horse.

Percival, of Mill View Close, Howey, pleaded guilty to a total of five offences – three of possessing indecent images of children, one of having a prohibited image of a child, and one of possessing explicit images involving animals – at an earlier hearing in April

Prosecutor Craig Jones said the offences came to light when police visited the defendant’s home on April 21 last year, after a tip from a woman to whom Percival had shown a DVD.

“On that recording she saw a female, who she perceived to be a young girl, approximately 10 years old, who was being raped by an older, adult male,” said Mr Jones.

“She asked him to turn it off, which he did. He told her it was an illegal DVD.

“As a consequence of the information she provided, officers attended his address and executed a search warrant there. A large number of computer devices were seized. They ranged from media storage devices to laptops, computer towers, tablet computers and mobile telephones.

“Within the property, although not illegal, there was what appeared to be a large number of homemade DVDs of a sexual nature, together with a video production suite.

“In addition to the images found, there were a number of website searches that were identified, including ‘Lolita pre-teens’, ‘little models’ and ‘young porn’, which demonstrate a clear interest in material of this nature.”

Mr Jones said Percival had previous convictions, including a 2018 offence relating to indecent material, for which he served a short prison term. He asked for the forfeiture and destruction of relevant exhibits.

Judge Twomlow suspended the sentence for two years and told Percival that within the next two years he must complete the Horizon programme and a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement as directed by the probation service. He is barred from regulated activity with children.

Judge Twomlow also made a sexual harm prevention order, of which Percival will be the subject for 10 years. This prohibits him from certain conduct, in particular relating to computers and communicating with any child under 18 on social networking websites.

He was warned that any breach of it is punishable by a prison term of five years.