March 2017

Babell man caught with hundreds of child abuse images had tried to burn computer

A man caught with hundreds of images of child sexual abuse on his computer tried to burn the equipment on a bonfire, a court heard.

Glyn Silcock, 37, of Pant Isa, Babell, pleaded guilty to downloading and possessing 484 images and films of children, including 86 at Category A and 57 involving a person performing acts of intercourse and oral sex with live animals.

The married father-of-two admitted four separate charges for offences which took place between February 18, 2014 and December 2, 2016.

Rhian Jackson, prosecuting at Flintshire Magistrates Court yesterday, described how officers had visited Silcock’s home on December 1 where they seized various items of computer equipment.

He was bailed until February 15, pending analysis of the equipment, but the court heard that on December 16 Silcock had contacted police saying he had done “a stupid thing”.

Silcock told officers they had “missed” finding other images he had downloaded and that he had tried to burn items of equipment on a bonfire but that he had saved them and now wanted to hand them in.

In a police interview, Silcock said he watched pornography frequently. He was “addicted” and had “a problem”.

He said he had always been interested in viewing images of teenagers but he accepted some of the images and films he downloaded were of very young girls with some thought to be toddlers. One video was said to feature a four-year-old girl.

Silcock, who appeared in court wearing a dark suit and tie, was described as a man of good character with no previous convictions.

James Hatton, defending, told the Mold court his client had “co-operated with officers to a degree rarely seen and offered a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity”.

Magistrates’ chairman David Jones ordered a full pre-sentence report before Silcock’s next appearance at Mold Crown Court on March 23.

Six bail conditions were imposed and Silcock will have to contact police officers to sign on the sex offenders register.