November 2016

Convicted paedophile broke court order


A CONVICTED sex offender is back in prison after flouting a court order he was given for previous crimes.

Andrew Philip Smith, 58, was jailed in 2014 for possessing prohibited images of a child.

As part of the punishment he was also made subject to the terms of a sexual harm prevention order (SOPO), and told to sign the sex offenders’ register. Each order was put in force for five years.

But between January, 2015, and March this year, Smith breached the SOPO seven times.

In addition he failed to comply with the sex offender notification requirements, neglecting to inform police where he was living at a specified time.

Smith, of Killington Drive, Kendal, denied the eight charges he faced.

But after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court he was today (WED) found unanimously guilty of each.

Smith was jailed for three years by Recorder Ciaran Rankin. The judge told jurors he “wholeheartedly” agreed with the verdicts they had returned, and that the evidence against the defendant was “overwhelming”.

August 2014

A KENDAL man who claims incest should be legalised is now facing prison after being found in possession of dozens of indecent images featuring children

Andrew Smith, 55, of Killington Drive, has been found guilty of nine counts of possessing prohibited images of children as young as eight, were found on disks at his home.

At Carlisle Crown Court this week he claimed the images were legitimate ‘research’ for a book he planned to write explaining why incest should be made legal.

“I was researching the legitimacy of incest and downloaded the images to show that from an artist’s point-of-view incest is love, a wonderful, expressive thing,” he said.

“I’m not trying to promote inbreeding or the production of incestuously-conceived children but solely the enjoyment of sex and loving relationships within families.

“I want it to be accepted that sexual relationships between brother and sister, father and daughter and mother and son should be decriminalised.”

Smith told the jury he had downloaded the images to ‘enhance’ the book.

The depictions included sexual scenes between relatives, including characters from cartoons such as The Simpsons and King of the Hill.

Smith also told the court his ‘campaign’ included lowering the age of consent for sex to 12 for boys and that a relationship between a 65-year-old man and his 12-year-old granddaughter would be acceptable ‘as long as she wanted it’.

He said: “Homosexuals became legal, lesbians became legal, so now there’s only incest left and I want that to follow.”