July 2016

Carmarthenshire man admits possessing 287 indecent images of children

A NANTGAREDIG man has admitted possessing 287 indecent images of children discovered at his home.

Lee Darren Fletcher admitted three charges of possessing indecent images when he appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court.

The 40-year-old pleaded guilty to possessing 33 category A images, which is the most severe, in Carmarthen on November 29 last year.

He also admitted to possessing 78 category B images and 176 category C images on the same date.

Prosecutor Alex Scott said: “A warrant was executed at the defendant’s home.

“This came as a result of information received by the police there may be offences involving these images of children.”

The defendant was arrested and conveyed to Llanelli Police Station and a search was conducted at his address.

Two significant exhibits were found, the court heard.

Mr Scott said: “There was an analysis of the equipment found which revealed there was a total of 287 images between the two devices.

“There were 33 category A, the most severe, 78 category B, and 176 category C.”

When the defendant was interviewed initially last year he gave no comment, however, he later accepted possessing the indecent images.

“He admitted they were for his own personal use,” Mr Scott said.

Mitigating solicitor Peter Maxfield Martin said it had been suggested some of the images could be duplicates.

He said it needed to be examined how many unique images were on the computer.

Fletcher was sent to Swansea Crown Court on August 12 for sentencing and was given conditional bail.