August 2016

‘Sickening movies of child abuse’ downloaded by pervert

DAWLISH man who downloaded sickening movies of child rape has been sent on a internet offender course.

Samuel Walford, 25, was given a three-year community order by a judge at Exeter Crown Court after pleading guilty to four counts of making indecent photos of children.

The court was told police raided his house on July 17 and found movies and images on his laptop and on a tablet.

Recorder Paul Dunkels QC was told 21 movies were in the most serious category A and depicted abuse of children as young as eight.

The court heard Walford, a man of no previous convictions, had endured an extremely difficult upbringing which had left him emotionally damaged. He had also been injured in a car accident in 2010.

Recorder Dunkels said the details of the imagery downloaded by Walford was ‘particularly disturbing’. But he said he was bound to follow sentencing guidelines and offer him the chance of rehabilitation.

The defendant was given a community order with supervision; sent on an internet sex offender’s group programme; made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order; and put on the Sex Offenders Register. He must also pay costs of £350.