August 2016

Pervert caught with ‘disgraceful’ indecent pictures of children

Michael Barnicoat

A man found in possession of “disgraceful and disgusting” indecent images has been told he had no regard for his victims. Police raided Michael Barnicoat’s home in Gleneagles Park, east Hull, on December 7 and seized two laptops.

Some 60 movies, most of which were category A – the most serious – were found on his computers along with a number of still images. Other extreme pornography, including bestiality, were discovered on both computers.

At Hull Crown Court, Judge David Tremberg told Barnicoat, 48, he could easily have sent him to prison. He said: “These were disgraceful and disgusting images and you were prepared to satisfy your sexual gratification at the expense of your victims.

“This is not a victimless crime. The interests of people like you in these images means people will create further images. This means more victims will be created, ruining the lives of more children.

“You have to share the responsibility of the effect on these victims. Some of the children you were viewing were of pre-pubescent age.”

Barnicoat was handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months, after he admitted two offences of possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing extreme pornography.

Judge Tremberg said: “You could not possibly complain if you had been locked up straight away. But in your favour, you have no previous convictions and you admitted your guilt early.

“If you didn’t understand the full seriousness before then you do now. You have lost your character, your job and your wife.

“I can see in the dock the shame you have for what you have done.”

Barnicoat was arrested and interviewed once the computers were seized and he admitted searching for and downloading the images and having a sexual interest in the images.

Stephen Robinson, for Barnicoat, said: “My client admitted the offences before the computers were even examined. He has lost a great deal from this, including his job. Hopefully, he can put this sordid behaviour behind him.”

Barnicoat was also handed a sexual harm prevention order for seven years and will have to carry out a number of rehabilitation programmes.