July 2021

Paedophile barricades himself in bedroom at parents’ home

A paedophile barricaded himself in his bedroom at his parents’ home then kicked a police officer in the face.

Liam Perkins was caught sharing his disgusting collection of child rape photos with other perverts online.

But the 30-year-old was released under investigation and caused havoc at his family’s home in St Helens.

The dad, now of Meredith Street, Garston, later broke his ex-girlfriend’s front door in another violent outburst.

And he launched a foul-mouthed rant at a judge when he was finally jailed at Liverpool Crown Court.

Police acting on intelligence raided Perkins’ then home in St Helens on March 18, 2020.

Cheryl Mottram, prosecuting, said officers seized his two Samsung mobile phones, which both contained indecent videos and photos.

There were 17 Category A – the most serious category showing child rape – 17 Category B and 89 Category C files, plus two animal porn pictures.

Analysis of the phones showed Perkins had used Kik Messenger to distribute six Category A, six Category B and 19 Category C files.

In response to one Category A image sent by Perkins, another paedophile replied: “Damn man your stuff is great”

The court heard the age range of the children was from five to 15, with the majority aged nine to 13.

Ms Mottram said Perkins searched for “young baby porn pics”, “very young”, “young porn”, “young feet” and “teen boy boy”.

When interviewed, he gave a prepared statement and accepted the devices were his, but denied a sexual interest in children.

He was released under investigation, but at around 3.30am on January 2, police received a call from his mum, who said he was drunk and causing a disturbance at their property.

Ms Mottram said police found him in his bedroom, he was “very aggressive”, “couldn’t be reasoned with” and when taken to the ground he kicked out at an officer, causing the victim’s nose to bleed.

When interviewed, he said he had a drinking problem and couldn’t remember the attack.

He was released under investigation again, only to go to his ex-partner’s home in St Helens on February 1.

She closed the front door on him and he repeatedly banged on the door, cracking a glass panel, before later telling police he had been drunk again.

Perkins admitted three counts of downloading, three counts of distributing and one count of possessing indecent images of children, plus possessing extreme porn, assaulting an emergency worker, resisting arrest and criminal damage.

He had three previous convictions for four offences, including public disorder and criminal damage in 2012 and theft in 2017.

Judge Gary Woodhall said the Kik Messenger conversations showed Perkins was “fully aware” what he was sharing online, with the child abuse images showing girls and boys aged five to 15.

Judge Woodhall said Perkins admitted he was attracted to young teens

The judge made a five-year restraining order to protect his ex-girlfriend and told Perkins to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

Perkins yelled from the dock: “Bulls***! You let a guy walk with 32,000 images the other day!”

He paused to shout “love you dad” to his father sitting in the public gallery, before continuing to rant: “As for that five-year-old, I’ve never seen pictures like that, f***ing k***head!

“They sent it, I didn’t, f***ing k***.”