November 2016

Lorry driver who downloaded ‘depraved’ images of child abuse is jailed for 20 months


A LORRY driver who downloaded “depraved” images, some featuring children being abused by adults, was yesterday given a 20-month prison sentence.

John Paul Robey was visited by police on February 10, as a result of information received during a long-term investigation into online distribution of indecent images of children.

Durham Crown Court heard his IP address emerged during the inquiry as someone who had downloaded such material.

When police arrived at his home in Bowburn, near Durham, he said he knew what it was about.

Stephen Littlewood, prosecuting, said they spanned the range of severity for such images, but 45 were in the top bracket, 32 of them moving.

Mr Littlewood said the children featured included some considered to be in the six-month to three-year age bracket, plus others up to about 12-years-old.

The 45-year-old defendant, of Bede Terrace, Bowburn, admitted possessing indecent images of children, amassed between April, 2010, and February this year.

Paul Abrahams, mitigating, said the defendant, who has mild learning difficulties, is of previous good character.

“He accepts he will be sentenced on the basis he searched for, and viewed them for his pleasure.”

Jailing Robey, Judge Christopher Prince said given the depravity of some of the images, only an immediate sentence was justified.

Robey was made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, “until further notice”, and he must register as a sex offender for ten years.