May 2017

Disgraced hotel owner avoids prison for downloading child sex images

The owner of the Warpool Court Hotel in St Davids has escaped an immediate jail sentence after finally acknowledging he had been wrong to download child pornography.

Peter Trier, aged 69, had been convicted by a jury at Swansea crown court of four offences of making an indecent real photograph of a child during April, 2016 and of possessing 197 indecent real photographs of children.

Trier, of Trewellwell House, Solva, was also convicted of three further offences of making indecent real photographs of children and one of possessing 123 indecent photographs of children.

After the verdicts Judge Keith Thomas warned him that he would go to jail unless suspending the sentence served some purpose.

Trier’s barrister, Chris Clee QC, said at today’s (Friday) sentencing hearing that Trier now acknowledged his wrong doing.

Publicity of his convictions in the Western Telegraph had had a significant effect on him, he added.

The jury had heard how police raided his home on April 19 last year and took away computers and memory sticks.

Experts found child sex images on two computers, including 28 films.

And one revealed that Trier had been searching the internet for “boy love and “nude boys.”

Trier told the court he had been treated for prostate cancer in 2009 which had reduced his ability to have an erection.

He said he had tried Viagra without much success and then his consultant at the Royal Marsden hospital in London had suggested he tried viewing pornography.

In doing so, he claimed, he accidentally downloaded child sex images.

Trier was jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 40 days of rehabilitation activities as directed by the probation service.

He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order restricting his access to children and to the internet.

Trier must also register with the police as a sex offender for the next 10 years.

Judge Thomas said Trier had been rightly convicted by a jury who had seen through his claims, as had the probation officer who prepared a report on him.

“It is time you grasped this particular nettle. You were seeking those images for your own sexual gratification.”

Judge Thomas said Trier needed to appreciate that the images he viewed were of real children being abused for real.

April 2017

Peter Trier, 69, guilty of downloading child sex images and films

The owner of the Warpool Court Hotel in St Davids has been convicted today (Friday) of downloading child sex abuse images.

Peter Trier, aged 69, told a jury that he had developed an interest in adult pornography on the advice of his doctor and had downloaded indecent photographs of children by mistake.

Judge Keith Thomas told Trier he would go to jail unless he agreed to co-operate with a rehabilitation programme and that those who ran the programme believed he was sincere in wanting to change.

Trier, of Trewellwell House, Solva, was found guilty unanimously of four offences of making an indecent real photograph of a child during April, 2016 and of possessing 197 indecent real photographs of children.

He was also convicted of three further offences of making indecent real photographs of children and one of possessing 123 indecent photographs of children.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, had told Swansea crown court how police raided his home on April 19 last year and took away computers and memory sticks.

Experts found child sexual abuse images on two computers, including 28 films. And one revealed that Trier had been searching the internet for “boy love and “nude boys.”

“This is not a case of him accessing adult porn and a few images slipping through without him knowing about it,” said Mr Davis.

Trier told the court he had been treated for prostate cancer in 2009 which had reduced his ability to have an erection.

He said he had tried Viagra without much success and then his consultant at the Royal Marsden hospital in London had suggested he tried viewing pornography.

Trier said he was interested in films featuring various types of massage but only if the participants were adult.

Trier’s barrister, Chris Clee QC, said he was unlikely to accept the verdicts.

Judge Thomas told Trier a jail sentence was warranted but the court might be willing to pass a sentence of rehabilitation but only if Trier accepted he needed help.

After a 15 minute adjournment Mr Clee said that in the light of the judge’s comments Trier would like to be assessed by a probation officer with a view to accepting rehabilitation.

Trier will be sentenced on May 5 and was granted bail until then.

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