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November 2013

‘Deleted’ child abuse images found on man’s external hard drive

A supermarket worker downloaded more than 280 photos and videos of child abuse images.

Barry Tibbles, 53, admitted one count of making indecent images of children, when he appeared before Reading Crown Court on Friday.

The court heard how police carried out a search warrant on a house in Lea Close, Southcote, in June 2011 where Tibbles lived with his sister and her two adult children.

He showed officers his bedroom, where police seized computer equipment including a memory card and an external hard drive.

Deirdre Philpott, prosecuting, said the hard drive was examined and found to contain 271 still images and 16 moving images.

These included one photo at level five and 35 photos and four videos at level four, the most severe levels of imagery, with the rest falling into levels one to three.

Miss Philpott said: “All of the images had been deleted at some point since they were created and most had been created some time prior to the seizure by police.

“The examination of the devices took some while and it was not until April this year that the defendant was contacted by police to attend Reading police station to be interviewed.”

When Tibbles initially spoke to police on the phone, he said: “I know I have done wrong. I don’t do it anymore. I thought after this long it had been overlooked.”

When he was formally questioned Tibbles declined to comment and said he could not remember what he had previously said to the officer.

Sarah Holland, defending, said Tibbles had first downloaded images in 2006, but “had come to his senses” before he was arrested and deleted them in 2008.

She explained Tibbles had attempted to justify his behaviour by saying he was going through “a tough time” after separating from his partner and he was “inquisitive”, having previously looked at conventional porn.

Passing sentence, Judge Bruce McIntyre said: “Barry Tibbles, I am sure you are aware that the reason this kind of offending is serious is because by having downloaded this material you have, albeit indirectly, been guilty of abusing the children who are displayed in these images.

“Without people like you there would be no market for these images or for anyone to subject children to the abuse shown in them. There would be no reason for them to do it.”

He sentenced Tibbles to 36-month community and supervision orders and ordered him to attend the Thames Valley Sex Offenders’ Groupwork Programme.

Tibbles, now of Wintringham Way, Purley, was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

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