August 2021

Paedophile ordered to undergo eye therapy to curb fantasies avoids jail without having procedure

A Grimsby paedophile who was ordered to undergo experimental treatment to his eyes to curb his sexual fantasies of children has walked free from court without having the procedure.

Antony Akid, 36, admitted possessing indecent images of children after he was found with hundreds of graphic pictures, some of kids as young as three in 2019.

The offence was the second time in six years that Akid had been convicted of possession of indecent images of children following a previous conviction in 2014, when he admitted eight counts of possession and one of distribution of indecent images.

Back then he received a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

In March, Judge Ahmed Nadim ordered Akid to get pioneering eye desensitisation therapy – either by paying for it himself or through the NHS.

The therapy helps detect trauma in someone’s early life with the view of helping them work through it and, in the case of sex offenders, avoid further offences.

But Grimsby Crown Court heard at his deferred sentencing hearing on Friday, the procedure did not take place.

He has been ordered to have cognitive brain therapy instead and avoided a jail term.

Prosecuting Stephen Robinson said the consultant in charge of eye desensitisation therapy had withdrawn his service from Akid, who was unable to take the treatment.

He said: “It is not the fault of the defendant. The treatment was withdrawn due to adverse publicity in this case.”

He added: “He has now started cognitive behaviour therapy.”

The haulage driver from Grimsby, admitted four offences, including a breach of a sexual harm prevention order by attaching a private browsing feature to an electronic device.

Police found 227 images of the most serious classification involving children as young as three to four years old. There were a total of 593 in lesser categories.

Akin admitted downloading the images between March 2019 and November 2019.

The judge imposed a three-year community order to include 90 days of group therapy and 45 rehabilitation days.

The supervision would also be aimed at tackling his gambling addiction, the judge ordered.

“The defendant will continue to engage with and receive cognitive behaviour therapy, as arranged for him by the NHS and, or directed by the probation service,” Judge Nadim said.

He told Akid he had taken an “exceptional measure” by not sending him to prison.

“Don’t let the court down and build on the progress you are making,” he said.

January 2015

Cleethorpes binman sentenced for having indecent images of children

Police found stashes of indecent photographs and videos of children when they searched a man’s computer equipment, a court heard.

Antony Akid, 29, of Woodsley Avenue, Cleethorpes, admitted eight offences of possessing indecent photographs of children and another of possessing video files with a view to distributing them.

Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that police received a tip-off on January 2 last year that computer equipment had been used to access indecent photographs of children.

A warrant was executed at the premises involved, in Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, and Akid was there. A computer tower, computer disks and a portable storage drive were seized.

Police found 195 live, accessible images and 413 moving images. Of those, 276 were available for distribution.

Of the 195 still images, nine were at the most serious level, with 19 at the middle level and 167 at the lowest level.

Of the 413 videos, 165 were at the most serious level, with 106 at the middle level and 142 at the least serious.

Analysis of his internet history revealed that he had repeatedly searched for such material.

Akid had been cautioned for possessing a small amount of indecent images downloaded on to a foster carer’s computer in January 2005 and he had been fined in June 2006 for breaching his sex offender’s registration details.

Ian Durant, mitigating, said Akid made admissions and realised he had a problem. He added that he was keen to receive help.

Akid, who has worked as a bin man, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence and a two-year supervision order, with a sex offenders’ treatment programme.

He was given a ten-year sexual offences prevention order and must register as a sex offender for ten year