May 2017

Woking paedophile FREED by judges so he can ‘battle his demons’ outside jail

A Woking man, jailed for downloading images of child sexual abuse, has been freed by senior judges so he can “battle his demons” outside jail.

Alessandro Zarantonello, 33, was sent down for 32 months at Guildford Crown Court after admitting making and possessing indecent images of boys last October.

He also pleaded guilty to charges of distributing indecent images and attempted distribution.

Zarantonello was arrested after police searched his home due to concerns about his use of a “secure online conferencing facility”.

A search of his laptop revealed he had accessed indecent photos of young males, Judge Clement Goldstone QC told London’s Appeal Court on Thursday (May 11)

The number of images involved was “small” and their distribution was not on a large scale, he added.

Zarantonello, of Sycamore Avenue, had presented “moving” letters and character references to the judge who jailed him.

He was described as “naive” and as a man who is now “battling with his demons”. Judge Goldstone told the Appeal Court his crimes had “crossed the custody threshold”.

In such cases, there was a need to mark the public’s “disgust”, he added. But it was also necessary to balance punishment with rehabilitation.

And, upholding the appeal, the judge ruled the 32-month term “manifestly excessive”.

Sitting with Lady Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Warby, he substituted a two-year suspended sentence.

Zarantonello will now have to attend a programme “addressing his offending behaviour”, the court heard.