December 2004


A PERVERT who downloaded child porn images from the internet, including one depicting the rape of a three-year-old, has been jailed for six months.

Judge Paul Batty QC dealt with Darren Adie, of Cumrew Close, Durranhill, Carlisle, yesterday, three days after details of the case were outlined to him at the city’s Crown Court.

He delayed sentencing because he said it would not be right to do it while the shocking and revolting images, which he had to view, were so fresh in his mind.

Adie, 26, who admitted a total of 11 internet porn charges, must also go on to the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

Prosecutor Jacob Dyer said Adie, who admitted five charges of making indecent photographs of children and six of possessing them, was charged after police raided the house he shared with his mother and younger disabled brother.

Adie had on his computer dozens of sexually explicit pictures of children aged as young as 18 months, as well as a video film of a three-year-old boy being raped, he said.

When interviewed by the police Adie said he had searched the internet for such material after reading about other people being prosecuted for doing the same thing. Initially, he said, he did it only out of curiosity, although he admitted that later he had enjoyed some sexual excitement.

In mitigation, defence barrister Nicholas Cartmel said Adie was “a social inadequate” who moved on to child porn after becoming bored with more adult pornography.

“He had become desensitised by it, and did not appreciate the magnitude of what he was doing,” he said, adding that Adie now looked back with horror on what he had done.

n A West Cumbrian man described by a judge as a menace to young children has been jailed for 12 months.

Garry Davies was sentenced yesterday for downloading child porn images off the internet, including one depicting the rape of a three-year-old child. But the 48-year-old, of Woodside, Broughton Moor, has twice previously served prison sentences for indecent assaults – one of them on an 11-year-old girl.

Judge Paul Batty QC, sitting at Carlisle Crown Court, said the child porn images Davies had downloaded were of a revolting and disgusting nature. He was a menace to young children.