November 2016

Lincoln man spared jail after child sexual abuse images found on laptop


A Lincoln man who admitted having indecent images of children on his laptop was today given a suspended sentence.

Rory Duncombe, 20, was spared immediate custody after a judge accepted he had been unusually “frank” about his interest in children.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Duncombe came to the attention of police after he was linked to an IP address which he had been using.

Jon Straw, prosecuting, said police attended Duncombe’s Lincoln home and recovered various items including a laptop computer.

Before his arrest Duncombe told the officers: “I just want to admit something now, they are still on my laptop.”

Straw told the court Duncombe’s laptop was interrogated by police experts. It was found to contain between 20 and 30 indecent images at level A, with larger numbers of the less serious categories B and C.

During interview Duncombe admitted his conduct but expressed some surprise at the number of images.

Straw said it was maybe an issue that some of the images had been inadvertently downloaded but Duncombe accepted downloading some images from every category.

The court heard Duncombe had no previous convictions.

Duncombe, from the south of Lincoln, admitted three charges of possessing indecent images following the raid on May 13 last year.

He was sentenced to eight months custody suspended for two years, two years probation supervision and 100 hours of unpaid work in the community.

He must also register as a sex offender for ten years and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order. He must also forfeit his computer hard drive and a USB stick.

Passing sentence, Judge Simon Hirst told Duncombe his actions were not a “victimless crime”.

But he added that Duncombe had accepted a sexual interest in children which was “very rare in such cases” and society would benefit from his further cooperation with the probation service.

September 2016

Lincoln teen admits downloading child sexual abuse images

A Lincoln teenager has been accused of downloading hundreds of images of child porn.

Rory Duncombe, 19, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court.

He is also accused making 751 indecent images of children but he entered no plea to this charge when he appeared at court on Thursday, September 15.

These alleged downloaded images included 81 category A images, 169 category B images and 506 category C images.

The case was sent to Lincoln Crown Court on October 13.

He was bailed to his home address at Otters Cottages in Lincoln.

Mr Duncombe was released with the bail condition that he does not have any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16.

He is also forbidden from doing any chaperoning at the Terry O’Toole Theatre in Lincoln as part of his bail conditions.