November 2016

Newport man found with over 1,250 indecent images avoids jail

A POLISH national living in Newport has avoided prison after he was found to have over 1,250 indecent images of children on digital devices.

Damian Hawran, 34, of Goodrich Crescent, pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images.

He appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday morning.

Prosecuting, Paul Hewitt said that officers acting on intelligence attended the property in Newport, where Hawran was living with friends, last month, and examined two items – a Linovo laptop computer and a memory card.

“Eighty-one in category A – 25 videos and 56 still images, 167 in category B and 1,016 in category C. That is 1,264 in total.”

Mr Hewitt added that since his arrest in October, Hawran had been remanded in police custody. He previously appeared at Newport Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that the defendant, who has previously obtained a master’s degree while in his native country, moved to Newport in 2007 and had worked full-time since his arrival.

Defending him, Nicholas Gareth Jones told the court that he believed Hawran posed no danger to children and the public, and had accepted his actions were wrong by admitting his guilt.

“There is no suggestion that any children were approached,” said Mr Jones, stating that Hawran had only looked at images.

Mr Jones added that as the defendant had been living with friends and as he was unable to move back in with them, the probation service would have to look into finding accommodation for him.

Concluding, judge Jeremy Jenkins described Hawran as ‘lonely and depressed’ which had prompted him to download the images originally.

“You started out with adult pornography before you sought out images with younger and younger people,” he said.

“It was for your own sexual gratification.”

Mr Jenkins added that although he had not made indecent images, the possession and watching of those types of images made all the children his victims.

He was ordered to pay costs of £250 and to take part in a community sexual offenders group community programme to aid his rehabilitation.