Update: Gunn was jailed for three years and four months and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.
Pervert facing long jail term makes ‘obscene’ gestures in the dock
A “perverted individual” who was caught with hundreds of child abuse images on his phone was turned in to the police by his stepdad.
Ryan Gunn has been told he will go to prison for a “substantial period of time” after a judge saw what he described as “one of the most worrying pre-sentence reports I’ve read for a very long time”.
Gunn, a former Hull College student, was questioned by detectives in May after his stepdad, with whom he was living at the time, seized his phone and reported the offensive material.
A total of 920 images were found on the device, some of them depicting boys as young as five. Nearly half of them fell into Category A – the most serious type.
However, despite confiscating the phone, officers did not charge him for the images until September, when Gunn was again arrested for looking at more indecent material on a new phone he’d had for just five days.
Hull Crown Court was told how police had even persuaded Gunn’s stepdad to take him back into his home in May, despite his concerns about him living under the same roof as his partner’s children.
Gunn, originally from Brough, had been thrown a lifeline in 2016 when a 15-month jail term he was handed for similar offences was suspended for two years.
Having earlier pleaded guilty to four charges relating to the indecent images and one charge of possessing extreme pornography, which was linked to images of bestiality that were also found on his phone, he was put behind bars.
After reading the probation service’s assessment of Gunn, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC remarked: “That is one of the most worrying pre-sentence reports I’ve read for a very long time.
Gunn repeatedly made “obscene” gestures from the dock while proceedings unfolded, at one point sticking up two fingers behind the back of his defence counsel, Richard Thompson, while he was mitigating for him.
Judge Richardson delayed sentencing Gunn until Wednesday morning to give himself “time to think”.
He told him: “You are going to prison and you are going to prison for a substantial period of time.
“I see your demeanour in the dock at the moment. While your own defence counsel was making helpful submissions on your behalf you were being rude and offensive to him by making vulgar finger gestures.
“You are plainly a perverted individual. You take pleasure in your perversions and you must be punished. You must be punished severely.”
‘Pervert’ caught with hundreds of indecent pictures of children – No prison
A “PERVERTED” student caught with hundreds of indecent films of children has avoided a prison sentence.
Ryan Gunn, 20, was arrested at Hull College after police received information an IP address linked to his home in Brough was being used to access indecent images and films.
Computer equipment and other digital devices were seized during a search of the property, a court heard.
Gunn’s Acer notebook was also seized when he was arrested at college.
Analysis of the equipment revealed 324 indecent movies of children at Category A – the most serious – 81 at Category B, and 68 at Category C.
Gunn was also in possession of four prohibited images of children, and 23 extreme pornographic images.
A total of 34 search terms were found on his file sharing registry.
Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told him: “I have no intention of sullying my sentencing remarks by setting out the details of these images.
“Most ordinary, civilised individuals find it incredible anyone should wish to access and possess the sort of indecent images that you had on your computer.”
He admitted possessing an indecent photograph of a child, possessing extreme pornographic images, and possessing prohibited images of children.
He denied a further charge of possessing an indecent photograph of a child for distribution, and prosecutors offered no evidence to that.
Gunn, who has oppositional defiant disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, was to have been the subject of a court-funded psychologist’s report, but the costs were prohibitive after quotes of £2,500 and £1,400 were received by his advocate, Ian Phillip.
Mr Phillip told the court: “The defendant was extremely young at the time.
“These proceedings have been hanging over him for some 20 months or so.
“This is a case where the defendant, having not offended since December 2014, can benefit with some help from probation.”
Gunn was sentenced to 15 months in jail, suspended for two years, and must have 60 days rehabilitation.
He must sign the sex offenders register for ten years, and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for five years.
The judge told him: “The public interest needs to be served in a case of this kind.
“It is important that you be reformed from the error of your ways, to put it mildly.
“These perverted views that you have, have got to be eradicated.
“It can be done with the assistance of the probation service, as described.”
Child images pervert denied costly psychologist’s report into his ‘perversions’
A man who admitted possessing indecent and prohibited images of children will not have a psychologist’s report into his “problems” because of the cost.
Ryan Gunn, 19, pleaded guilty to possessing an indecent photograph of a child, possessing extreme pornographic images, and possessing prohibited images of children.
He denied a further charge of possessing an indecent photograph of a child for distribution, and his pleas were acceptable to prosecutors.
Gunn, who has oppositional defiant disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, was to have been the subject of a court-funded psychologist’s report into his conditions.
But when he appeared at Hull Crown Court yesterday, Ian Phillip, for Gunn, said he had not commissioned the report after receiving quotes of £2,500 and £1,400 from two psychologists.
Mr Phillip said he would not have authorised such spending without the express permission of the court. Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said he had made the right decision and the court would not have approved it.
“The cost of the psychologist would outweigh the cost of the lawyers, the Crown Prosecution Service, and indeed the court itself, by some margin put together,” he said.
But the judge said Gunn would not be disadvantaged by the lack of the psychologist’s report, and he would be assisted by a nine-page probation service report when sentencing him.
No further details of the offences were given in court
Gunn, of Grange Park, Brough, will be sentenced on June 13.
Adjourning the case until then, Judge Richardson QC told Gunn: “I have read enough of the [probation service] report for it to be clear to me that there are a number of problems in your life.
“I expressly state to you that I keep all sentencing options open. But you will be sentenced a week on Monday. Sentencing is reserved to me.
“Although it would have been desirable to have had a psychologist’s report, I do not in any way feel disadvantaged by not having one. I have got the measure of you from this report and justice will be done, whatever the outcome.
“I need to hear the case through before making any final decisions. Do you understand?”