March 2010

Ex-band leader jailed

A man banned from working with children has been sent to prison after employing two schoolboys and sending indecent pictures to them.

Ex-Morecambe Brass Band leader Ian Richards-Burgoine, 38, of Mattock Crescent, Morecambe, was sentenced to 88 weeks imprisonment after pleading guilty to 37 separate offences relating to both the making and possession of indecent images of children, sending indecent material via a communications network and breach of a disqualification from working with children order.

In 2006, he was disqualified from working with children after indecent images of children were found in a magazine in his home in Lancaster.

He was a former chairman of Morecambe Brass Band and taught children music.

January 2006

Band teacher had depraved photograph

A former band leader has been disqualified from working with children after he was found with a photograph so depraved that he could have been jailed for six months.

Preston Crown Court was told that Ian Richards-Burgoine has now resigned as chairman of the Morecambe Brass Band.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of being in possession of two indecent photographs of children.

Judge Michael Byrne sentenced the ex-band leader to a two-year community order with supervision by the probation service.

He told him he was satisfied there was a likelihood of him committing a similar offence if the banning order was not in place.

The judge explained that, for the protection of children, he was using recent legislation to prevent the defendant seeking work with children.

It was revealed he had faced an allegation of sexual assault, which he always denied and Richards-Burgoine was acquitted of that charge by a jury after a trial at Preston Crown Court last November.

Judge Byrne said he could not “close my eyes” to the fact that the allegation had been made, although he accepted a jury had cleared him of wrongdoing. Police, who went to the defendant’s home at Westham Street, Lancaster, discovered the two indecent photographs on a sheet of paper inside a magazine, said Crown prosecutor Mark Lamberty.

Richards-Burgoine, 34, told police he had the pictures for 10 to 12 years.

He was not sure how he came about them or if he had downloaded them from the Internet.

On the defendant’s behalf, Sharon Watson told the court he was “not the same man” who had possession of the photographs many years ago.

He had taken therapy after realising he should not be viewing such images.

She told the judge: “He is relieved he is not going to prison. “He has resigned from Morecambe Brass Band and has been punished by the court proceedings, losing his job working with adults who had drug problems.”

In addition to the sentence, the judge told Richards-Burgoine he was required to sign the sex offenders’ register for the next five years.