April 2017

Gwynedd student found with kids’ underwear in his bed and ‘depraved’ child abuse images is jailed

An already convicted paedophile has been sentenced to five years after police found children’s underwear in his bed and hundreds of indecent photographs and movies on his computers

Pryderi Tomos, of no fixed abode but formerly of Tref Eilian, Waunfawr, Gwynedd, was found guilty after a trial in January of 11 charges, which mainly consisted of downloading indecent images of children.

After the verdicts were announced, the jury heard the 29-year-old had already pleaded guilty to four other charges.

Sentence was adjourned until today at Caernarfon Crown Court for the preparation of probation and psychiatric reports.

Jailing him for five years, Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke said: “You are a persistent viewer of the most depraved and disgusting abuse of young children for your own sexual gratification.”

Noting he had “a deep-rooted interest in children”, the judge extended the licence period on the sentence by five years, making an overall sentence of 10 years.

She told Tomos he will only be released if the parole board are satisfied he poses no risk to the public.

Prosecutor David Mainstone said the matter came to light when police looking for indecent images of children forced their way into Tomos’ former home at Waunfawr in May 2015.

Officers seized a number of laptops and other computer equipment.

“These were examined by experts and found to contain 331 indecent photographs and 188 indecent movies, all of children engaged in sexual behaviour,” the lawyer said.

Some of the material was classed in Category A – the most serious.

The computers also contained a number of extreme and prohibited images of children.

Mr Mainstone said the officers also found children’s underwear and socks under a sheet on his bed, in a drawer underneath the mattress and in a wardrobe.

Two novels describing the kidnap and abuse of children were also found in his room.

Tomos, who was studying maths and physics at the Open University, had been due to stand trial in October but, just days before the hearing, police officers visited his home in Bangor and found a mobile phone containing 31 indecent images of children.

Mr Mainstone said Tomos had tried to run into the bedroom and hide the phone under a pillow.

The trial was adjourned, and Tomos was charged with two counts of possessing indecent images of children and pleaded guilty to these counts.

The court heard Tomos had been handed a 12-month youth detention sentence in 2007 after he admitted possessing indecent images of children and distributing them via the internet.

November 2007

Caernarfon pervert kept abusive images of children

A PERVERT kept a secret computer diary describing his fantasy about locking up, torturing, and sexually assaulting a young woman.

Pryderi Tomos, 20, from Caernarfon, kept a sick file on his PC called: “A Project Concerning my Obsession with XX XX”, naming a 19-year-old whom he knew.

In it he had written a detailed account of how it was his fantasy to imprison, torture and sexually assault the young woman.

The sick file came to light when hi-tech crime officers seized Tomos’s computer – also uncovering some of the worst child porn imaginable.

Police discovered 1,514 indecent images, including 375 at Level 4, and 196 at the highest Level 5, involving bondage, torture and bestiality. He also had 121 indecent videos on the computer.

When first arrested at his home on the Trefeilir Estate at Waunfawr in March, baby-faced Tomos pleaded with officers: “Don’t tell my father.”

Tomos was yesterday banned from using the internet for five years.

Mold Crown Court was told by prosecutor James Cullen that no specific charge arose from the fantasy that he had written.

But it was “a particularly worrying aspect” of the case because the file contained a detailed description of the girl’s imprisonment, sexual assault and torture, he explained.

The defendant, who cried with his head in his hands throughout much of the hearing, was handed a 12-month youth detention sentence after he admitted possessing indecent images of children and distributing them via the internet.

In addition, he must not use cyber cafes, and he must make available any computer or digital media for inspection by police.

A Sexual Offences Prevention Order also means that he must not harass or intimidate any females.

Judge Philip Richards, who described Tomos as an intelligent young man, placed him on the sex offender register for ten years and made an order banning him indefinitely from working with children.

The court heard how police had been told that the defendant’s computer was being used on a particular web site featuring child sex abuse.

Interviewed, he said that he had done it out of curiosity, admitted responsibility and said that he collected images to facilitate trading.

In a second interview he admitted modifying images and sharing them with other users.

Simon Rogers, defending, said that his client was a young man of good character who had written a letter to the judge expressing his regret and remorse, and in which he indicated that he wanted to change.

The defendant had spent his 20th birthday in Altcourse Prison in Liverpool, and it was clear that there were self-harm issues.

There had been no commercial gain to the defendant in making the files available for distribution.

He had a difficult time and had undergone personal tragedy, said Mr Rogers.

Tomos was extremely distressed and the impact of a custodial sentence on him would be much greater than on others.

The judge said that after reading a psychiatric report and other material, he took the view that the defendant posed some risk but not the sort of risk that requires an indefinite sentence.

Sentencing the defendant, Judge Richards said that they were very serious offences.

“I have read your letter and I have noted your demeanour in court. I am quite satisfied that you are deeply ashamed about what you have got yourself involved in.

“The fact is that because people like you involve yourselves in this trade that children unnecessarily suffer,” said the judge.

The judge added that the defendant was an intelligent young man who could change and contribute positively to society.

“It is my sad duty however to punish you for the offences that you have committed.

“In doing that, I have regard to your age, your immaturity which led you to do what you did, your remorse and regret and the profound effect the proceedings and your incarceration have had upon you.”