June 2016

Norwich man described as ‘magpie’ for collecting indecent images

A 70-year-old man who had become a “magpie” in collecting indecent images went on to look for “more bizarre” material, a court has heard.

Bernard Moore appeared at Norwich Crown Court to be sentenced yesterday having admitted possessing indecent images of children, including 38 of Category A – the most serious type, 11 of Category B and six of Category C.

Moore, of West Pottergate, also admitted one count of possession of an extreme pornographic image.

He was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, and ordered to take part in the internet sex offender treatment programme.

Judge Katharine Moore said it would be in the public interest to give the defendant a “last chance”.

Moore was also ordered to undertake a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement, made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years and put on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Andrew Oliver, mitigating, said his client had accessed a vast range of pornography and had become “a magpie” for pornography whose “curiosity” developed with him looking for “more and more bizarre types of pornography”.

The court heard the offences were committed between January 1, 2012 and May 14, 2015.