June 2018

Sex offender who looked at child abuse in library is now caught loitering outside nursery

A sex offender previously caught looking at child abuse images in Cardiff Central Library has been sent back to prison for breaching a court order.

David Evans, 37, flouted his Sexual Harm Prevention Order for a fourth time by hanging around outside a nursery and crèche in Cardiff city centre.

Cardiff Crown Court heard the defendant said he felt “demonised” by the Probation Service.

Richard Ace, prosecuting, said the order was imposed in February 2017, banning him from going within 100m of any nursery, school, leisure centre or other facility likely to be used by children.

The defendant breached the order twice in one day on April 5 this year by approaching the Day Care Centre and Centre for Human Development at Cardiff University.

Prosecutors said he was repeatedly reminded of the terms of the order by a support officer in the weeks before the offending.

The court heard security staff at the university saw the defendant trying the doors of the Centre for Human Development on Park Place at around 7pm.

Evans stated he was looking for the library and said: “Did you think I was acting suspiciously?”

Prosecutors said families went to the centre, which specialises in research into children’s development – particularly children with autism spectrum disorder.

Mr Ace told the court it would have been “obvious” there were young children in the building, as toys and children’s furniture were visible through the windows.

He said the police later checked CCTV, which showed the defendant walking along Park Place and standing outside the nursery and crèche.

Evans was arrested and replied to the caution: “Am I going to jail? But I’ve worked so hard.”

He denied the breaches and stated he did not know he was outside a nursery.

Prosecutors said he was jailed in 2011 for offences involving indecent images of children and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order was made.

He breached the order in 2012 and was sent back to prison for eight months. There was another breach in 2013 and Evans was put behind bars for 28 months.

The court heard in 2015 “history repeated itself” and there was a further breach, for which the defendant received a 15-month jail term.

Last year he admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of children, one of possessing prohibited images of children and one of possessing extreme pornography.

Prosecutors at that hearing said the defendant was caught looking at child abuse images on his phone while in Cardiff Central Library. Police found 121 indecent images on his device.

His counsel Catherine Flint accepted Evans had an “obsessive” interest in pornography, which he described as “like an addiction”.

He was judged by the Probation Service to present a high risk of harm to children and young people.

Evans was then jailed for 30 months and the old order was replaced with a new Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

In relation to the new offences, the defendant, from Tudor Street in Riverside, admitted two breaches.

Judge Michael Fitton QC told him: “You feel sorry for yourself, you blame somebody else, it is always somebody else’s fault you are here.”

Evans was jailed for 27 months and the Sexual Harm Prevention Order remains in place.

January 2017

Sex offender caught looking at child abuse images in Cardiff Central Library

A registered sex offender judged to present a high risk of harm to children and young people was caught looking at child porn on his phone while in Cardiff Central Library.

Staff monitoring CCTV observed David Evans looking at indecent images on his phone and alerted the police, who later found a total of 121 child abuse images on his device.

Speaking at Cardiff Crown Court , defence barrister Catherine Flint accepted her client had an “obsessive” interest in pornography, which he described as “like an addiction”.

The court heard 35-year-old Evans was already on the Sex Offenders Register at the time of the incident last October.

Prosecutor Paul Hewitt said the defendant was required to have his phone and computer regularly inspected.

During a meeting with the officer responsible for monitoring, Evans admitted he had looked at content he described as “adult images”.

The court heard police received a call on October 24 reporting that the defendant was in Cardiff Central Library and had been seen accessing images of child abuse on his phone.

He was interviewed and admitted the offence, before having his phone confiscated.

Police examined the device and found a total of 121 child abuse images, including one of the most serious Category A, three Category B and 117 Category C.

There were also 17 computer-generated images, as well as an “extreme” pornographic video.

The court heard Evans had four previous convictions for similar offences and was previously jailed for making indecent images, as well as breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Ms Flint stressed her client pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and argued he had traits of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

She said: “He has obsessive tendencies, which manifest themselves in his interest in pornography – particularly extreme pornography and indecent images of children.

“However, when he is subject to a strict routine and when he is being monitored and supervised, he is able to control those urges.”

The defence barrister acknowledged the judge may consider the fact the offending took place in a public library to be an aggravating factor.

But she suggested her client positioned himself directly in front of a CCTV camera with the intention of being caught as a cry for help.

She told the court Evans was known to staff in the library, who had been instructed to keep an eye on him.

Ms Flint said: “He wanted help in stopping. He does want to stop, but when he does give in, he can’t. He describes it as like an addiction.”

She said Evans, of Tudor Street in Riverside, Cardiff, needed support and a strict routine.

Evans pleaded guilty to five counts – three of possessing indecent images of children, one of possessing prohibited images of children and one of possessing extreme pornography.

Judge Michael Fitton QC adjourned the case for psychiatric reports to be prepared.

He noted the defendant showed obsessive behaviour and an inability to control himself, asking for the report to address the issue of “dangerousness”.

The court heard the Probation Service assessed Evans as presenting a high risk of harm to children and young people.

He was remanded in custody until he is sentenced on February 24.