August 2016

Suspended jail sentence for child abuse images man

A former Maryport man has been given a suspended jail sentence after police found extreme and child abuse images on his computer.

John Nugent, 57, was caught after police acting on a tip-off raided his former home in November 2014. The computers they seized contained evidence he had viewed both extreme and child sexual abuse images, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

In court Nugent admitted a series of offences – six of downloading indecent images of children; two of possessing indecent photos of children; and two charges of possessing extreme pornography.

An analysis of his computers revealed that Nugent had viewed child pornography – but he told police he did this when his partner was out of the house and she knew nothing about it.

He told the officers that he had made a “big mistake” and that he would accept his punishment. In court, his barrister, Greg Hoare, said the defendant had learned his lesson.

Nugent had been on a course with a national charity called Stop It Now, which aimed to help reform adults interested in child pornography.

In addition to the jail term, which was suspended for two years, Judge Barbara Forrester imposed a two year supervision order, 200 hours unpaid work in the community, and a 10 year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Nugent, now living at Wantage, Oxfordshire, was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years. He must pay £2,500 prosecution costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

July 2016

Man admits extreme pornography

A man has admitted possessing an array of extreme pornography and indecent images of children.

At Carlisle Crown Court today, John Robert Nugent, 58, admitted six counts of making indecent still photographs of children, two charges of possessing prohibited still images of children and the possession of extreme pornographic moving images.

His offences came to light after police searched a Maryport address in November, 2014.

Two computer towers were seized along with an external hard drive and a laptop, leading to the illegal images being recovered.

Nugent’s case was adjourned by Judge Barbara Forrester, who directed that a background report on the defendant should be prepared by the probation service.

Nugent – formerly of Maryport but now of Shotteswell, Warwickshire – was granted bail.

He is due to be sentenced at the crown court on Wednesday, July 27.