November 2016

Plymouth man with child abuse images ‘wanted to be caught’

A man with more than 200 indecent images of children wanted to be caught, a court heard.

Disabled Keith Griggs, aged 51, left the vile pictures on his mobile phone, where they were seen by a carer.

Plymouth Crown Court heard that he had been cautioned for an identical offence in 2010.

Handing him a suspended prison sentence, Judge Paul Darlow said: “I really hope you come to realise the certain psychological damage, if not physical damage, done to the children who are victims of this sort of pornography.

“These young children are robbed of their childhoods.”

Griggs, of Manor Street, Stonehouse, pleaded guilty to four offences of possession of indecent images between September 2015 and this June.

He also admitted to possession of prohibited images of children – usually vile cartoons.

Mike Brown, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police investigators found six images in Category A, the most severe class showing adults abusing children.

Griggs also had 22 pictures of Class B, 207 in Class C and 44 prohibited images.

The defendant, who has a leg in a brace and uses a walking frame, was allowed to sit in the well of the court rather than the dock.

Griggs was handed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 30 days of one-to-one probation supervision to tackle his offending.

He will have to sign the Sex Offender Register for a decade, pay £250 costs and £100 victim surcharge.