September 2016

Community order for Kinver man who downloaded sick images of children

A KINVER man found to have downloaded sickening indecent photographs of children after his ex-wife took his computer to police has been spared jail time.

Edward Hunter, who also goes by the name of David of Redwood Road, downloaded the images between July 2004 and March 2009 and it was thought they were “dead and buried” – Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

Recorder David Mason QC said he was satisfied 39-year-old Hunter would never appear before a court again in the future.

He told Hunter, a man of previous good character: “These images came to light as a result of your disintegrating marriage, with your wife going to police with computer material that had been dead and buried for five years.

“There is no evidence at all that these images were seen during that time. This is a part of your life that is effectively closed – a very unpleasant part of your life.”

The Recorder said Hunter had been described as a “broken man” who, as a result of the offences, had lost what had been a very good job.

He said it was a “tragic case” and told Hunter: “Your behaviour many years ago was disgraceful but that is over now. I am going to take an exceptional course in this case.”

After admitting 12 charges of making indecent images of a child, Hunter was given a 12-month Community Order coupled with 12 months Supervision.