September 2016

Teen finds child abuse pictures on housemates’s phone during selfie prank

A young woman has told how she found sickening images of children being sexually abused on her housemate’s phone during a prank.

Kirsty-Ann Barr, 18, had been living in a shared house with her boyfriend and another man, Nathan Kozel, in Cholmley Street, west Hull.

Following a night’s drinking and oblivious to what was stored on the phone’s memory, Miss Barr and her partner decided to take some harmless ‘selfie’ snaps.

“Nathan was drinking and he got quite drunk,” said Miss Barr. “He was sat in mine and my boyfriend’s room. He got really drunk so we just thought for a laugh we would go and do selfies on his phone.

“We opened the phone up and found these photos of children. I was just completely shocked. There were loads.

“We got my boyfriend’s iPad and starting filming us scrolling through them in case he deleted them. It was disgusting. There was images of young children posing and adults with them. It was just horrible.”

Miss Barr said she rang the police and Kozel was arrested. His phone and other electronic items were seized.

“I was just in complete shock by it,” said Miss Barr. “We couldn’t believe what was on there. I helped Nathan out with a lot of things around the house like cooking, washing and cleaning and we had ended up being good friends. But to find something like that on his phone is just disgusting. We were in complete shock because of it.”

Kozel, 24, appeared at Hull Magistrates’ Court, where he gave his address as being in Cholmley Street.

He admitted six charges of making an indecent image of a child, one charge of possession of indecent photographs of children, two charges of possessing prohibited images of children.

He also pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing an extreme photographic image of a person performing oral sex with a horse.

Kozel was fined £20 and must have 30 days rehabilitation.He was also ordered to pay a £60 surcharge and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

Miss Barr, who has since moved out of the bedsit, said she was surprised by the sentence.

“I don’t think that’s fair for what he had on his phone at all,” she said. “I think he should have got more than he did. Seeing the images that I saw myself, I know how wrong and horrible they were. Something should have happened more than just a fine.”