June 2017

Dover man sent Skype messages threatening to rape babies

A Dover man has admitted sending depraved messages over Skype describing the rape of children and young babies.

Andrew Hammond, 48, of Crabble Hill, pleaded guilty at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court yesterday (May 30) to a string of offences relating to more than 100 indecent images of children.

He faced three charges of making indecent photographs of a child, three charges of distributing an indecent image and two charges of possession.

He also faced one count of publishing an obscene article, where he sent depraved Skype messages describing raping babies and children.

Hammond will be sent to crown court for sentencing at a later date due to the severity of his crimes.

Hammond was caught with a total of 143 indecent photographs, with one a Category A. He also admitted making 128 of them.

Appearing visibly distressed, he announced from the dock: “I’m fully conscious of my charges, that’s why I have pleaded guilty to them.”

Hammond has also been told he may face other charges when he appears at crown court.

He has been released on conditional bail, where he has been told that he must not have any unsupervised contact with a child aged under 16.

He has also been told he must not live or sleep at any property where a child normally resides unless authorised by social services, and is prohibited from using any computer capable of having access to the internet unless he is at a public library.