April 2017

Former bus driver locked up for swapping vile child sex abuse images – again

A former bus driver has been jailed for having vile images of child abuse – for the second time.

Leigh Damerell, aged 58, shared perverted pictures with other paedophiles and tried to dodge police attempts to keep an eye on him, a court heard.

Damerell was handed a suspended prison sentence three years ago when he was caught with indecent images.

Having lost his job as a bus driver, he was offered specialist help to tackle his perversion, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

But police monitoring him found he had two undeclared iPads containing indecent images – two of which he had shared.

Jailing Damerell for three years, Judge Ian Lawrie said he was helping to “shatter the lives” of children being abuse.

He added: “People like yourself who view this material who endorse and encourage the most appalling treatment of youngsters. You said that you have a desire to be punished.

“I take the view that you neither considered nor cared what would happen if you were caught. You have a compulsion for viewing this material.”

Damerell, of Yealmpstone Drive, Plympton, pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing single indecent images of children. One was of the most severe category, showing a child being sexually abused.

He also admitted three counts of making or downloading 277 indecent images of children – including four in the most serious bracket between January 2015 and June 2016.

Damerell finally pleaded guilty to breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order imposed at his last sentence three years ago which banned him from having devices capable of storing electronic images unless they were declared to the police.

Nigel Wraith, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police monitoring Damerell spotted two iPads at his home which he had not declared.

Police found indecent images on the devices and evidence of vile chat with another paedophile, the court heard.

Two images had been shared with another pervert.

Judge Lawrie made a new Sexual Harm Prevention Order in the terms of the old order and extended it for life.

February 2014

Plymouth bus driver had indecent images of children

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A BUS driver was caught with more than 100 indecent images of children on his computer, a court heard.

Leigh Damerell, aged 55, has lost his job for downloading perverted images, Plymouth Crown Court was told.

Handing him a suspended prison sentence, a judge told him that the children forced to pose in the images suffered psychological damage in later life.

Judge Paul Darlow said: “They suffer a loss of innocence and a theft of their childhood.”

He added that some went on to commit sexual offences on the young when they reached adulthood.

Damerell, of Yealmpstone Drive, Plympton, admitted four counts of possessing indecent images.

Alistair Verheijen, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police executed a search warrant at Damerell’s home.

He added officers found 95 indecent images, made up of 86 images at Level 1, three of Level 3 and six at Level 4.

Damerell also had nine prohibited images, which were animated.

Jason Beal, for Damerell, said he was suffering “embarrassment and shame” and had lost his job.

He added he was willing to tackle his perverted behaviour.

Judge Darlow told Damerell: “It is a sad day when a man of your age and your impeccable record, outside of this, is in court.

“You are a hard-working man, who has lost his job as a bus driver, and you represent a low risk of re-offending.”

He handed the defendant a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, under probation supervision.

Damerell must complete an internet sex offender treatment course.

He was also given a two-year Sex Offender Prevention Order, which will force him to save his internet history and make it available for inspection by police.

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